Over the last few months I’ve been running an exploratory survey asking people to answer the question “what word defines success” for them. And while the results are not entirely surprising it did make me start to think again about how, as leaders, do we help our teams, our employees to succeed.
Of 294 responses, roughly 25% of the responses related to achievement, accomplishments, delivery, goals and results. Just over 6% related to money, financial independence and prosperity. And in between were words like happiness, fulfillment, recognition, respect, independence, integrity, influence and impact. The tag cloud generated at right gives an idea of the types of responses. While I haven’t done an in-depth analysis yet, this has thrown up questions on how we manage and lead people.
How often do we try to incentivize and motivate with money, or rewards? When the above suggests that perhaps recognition for good work and helping them to achieve their goals might mean more to them? It would be naïve to say money is not important, but if our employees define their success through their achievements, how can we help them to achieve more? What systems or processes can we put in place? How can we support them so they can achieve their goals and objectives? What do they need from us to help them succeed? If we’re in doubt, maybe we could ask ….
I’ll be looking at the data a little more in-depth over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more!