Everyone wants to get more from their employees, but there’s a simple trick that magnifies creative output that can be done in just seconds.
There are two steps:
Give them a significant responsibility
Tell them that you trust them to do well on it
Why does this work? It works because empowerment unlocks potential. It tells the person that you believe in them, that you think they can do great things, and that there isn’t anyone who’s going to be doing the work for them. It’s on them.
And conversely, treating employees like untalented executors of your plans tells them that there’s a fundamental difference between you and them. It’s an invisible and poisonous caste system that says you’re simply better, and they’re simply lesser, and that nobody should expect much from them.
And they’ll believe it.
Too many treat their employees like C and D players and then are frustrated when that’s what they get. Empowerment can turn a C-player into an A-player almost overnight.