You could be working in a team, or you could have a team working for you, either way, you are interacting with people. Not machines.
And people don’t like to be ordered, commanded or dictated.
They like to be directed. Only a little.And the rest is upto to you to believe in them and inspire them to show you miracles.
I encounter this quite often in my study circles and the emerging company discussions too. No one likes to take orders. Including the waiter at the bar if you are being an ass all the time.
Give them hope. Show them the future. Make them feel their work is being valued and its important.
I’m sharing this French proverb I read from a wonderful blog by Justin.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. “
People say history repeats itself. Atleast, if you look deeply, it reveals a pattern.
Let’s look at entrepreneurship.
As per wikipedia, “Entrepreneur in English is a term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome.”
It could be a non-profit, a for-profit, a band, a bank or any entreprise, but the core element is taking initiative and ofcourse taking risk.
A friend of mine recently described quite aptly how any successful enterprise has one/all of these three factors, in it’s DNA. A remarkable enterprise is formed when-
A bunch of passionate people just decide to hang around with each other until they change the world. Ex: The Beatles
A guy or two stumbles onto something spectacular. A smart solution. An awesome algorithm. Now, they need a problem to use this for. And continue using this for. Ex: Google.
A team of thoughtful individuals found a problem. They may or may not have the best solution yet but they want to chase the problem to death. Ex: Grameen Bank.