Create a work environment where people can achieve, and you create a climate of greater commitment. Every little accomplishment ratchets up a person's sense of fulfillment. Success, even the small ones, breed more commitment to the job. Employees want to know they make a difference. This gives meaning to their work. What counts is whether completing a task carries personal significance for the doer.
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Research done at West Point shows that "Grit" is a better indicator of which cadets will make it through training than achievement test scores and athletic ability. The two critical components of grit are passion and perseverance. How gritty is your organization?
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Success isn't built by forms and rankings and ratings. It's not driven by policies and programs that bog people down and get in their way. The true mechanisms for success are the ones that build capabilities and enable people to deliver for the company.
When you ask employees what matters most to them, feeling respected by superiors often tops the list. In a recent survey by Georgetown University's Christine Porath of nearly 20,000 employees worldwide, respondents ranked respect as the most important leadership behavior. Yet employees report disrespectful and uncivil behavior each year.