Here is a concrete way to build engagement among employees.
I recently worked with a client to create a “MISSION” for each of his key employees. Here are the elements that made this challenge a success:
001 Give them a “personal” mission
The overall mission of James Bond is always to save England, what am I saying, the whole world, but it always starts with a precise target that allows him to focus on something specific. It’s important to have a goal for the team, but nothing is more energizing than to feel personally responsible for something.
(Give them a specific group of clients to WOW, a process to improve, an internal department to research and better understand, the task of networking to create new opportunities, the team spirit to improve…)
002 Make sure they can visualize the target
James Bond always takes on a mission with the picture of the enemy to conquer… Make sure to properly communicate what needs to be accomplished. (If the mission is a success, what will be different?)
003 Give them free rein – Action!
Our spy doesn’t choose the target, but he’s so free to choose his action plan, that he’s even “licensed to kill”! Once your employee understands what you want to accomplish, and why it’s important, let him use his creativity… He might surprise you!
004 Give them the tools
In the movies, I love the part where they present the new gadgets that are available to Bond in order to achieve his mission. Make sure you do the same with your employee…Give him the necessary time, a small budget, the technical assistance, the needed ressources…
005 Remind them that it’s also important to help others accomplish their mission
Like James, your employee will meet team members during his adventure, make sure that he will do everything in his power to assist them. Even if he’s on a personal mission, he must not forget that he’s still part of a team!
006 Errors are allowed
Even in movies nothing is perfect. There are always unexpected problems, unforeseen events and broken pieces. Your employee may try something that won’t work, if he takes full responsibility and that you both learn from the experience, it’s still a step forward.
007 The story always ends with the “Bond Girl”
We know how James celebrates his successes. What about your employees? How could you, specifically, celebrate your agent who completes his mission? It’s your turn to use your creativity!
Nothing could be more exhilarating than being on a MISSION!
Yes it requires some planning time, you need to figure out the best person for each different type of challenge, but you will be surprised by the results. It’s really something special to see your employees come to life.
If you need help in putting a similar program in place for your own team, don’t hesitate to sign up for a “Mission Development Coaching Session”.
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