Major surveys of the global labor market show that 80-90% of all employees are not engaged in their work. Gloomy numbers, with important nuances if you delve into the numbers and look more closely at geography and demographics. A more concrete and local finding from the Leadership Survey 2022 from Purpose AS:
– 5 out of 10 managers feel that employees are unable to free up time for the most important goals in the business
The American management guru Cary Hamel has studied and developed organizations all his life, and in an interview with Dagens Næringsliv in 2021, he describes a clear need to reduce bureaucracy and leadership in organizations. Motivated by the global challenges, declining productivity and the human consideration, he encourages managers to unleash their employees as “creative problem solvers with their own initiative, who get to use themselves”. This is of course demanding for many managers.
– What I define as a leader is someone who can be a catalyst for getting things done, for joint progress, in difficult circumstances. They can be found anywhere in the company.
How does one become a “catalyst for getting things done”, together with others? The team behind Let’s dobee.it! believes that the best managers describe the goal in a motivating way and then dare to unleash their energies among the employees, while keeping a close eye on developments and following up. Not an unknown recipe, that is, but it requires courage, prioritization of time and staying power to manage it.
Kenny Hognestad has met, developed and been inspired by many managers in his work with growth and changes. He is passionate about the leaders who set daring goals and then motivate their colleagues to join the journey. Here he shares a simple thought about leadership.