Refocus on People

Focusing on projects motivates leaders to pressure people to work harder, faster, and smarter.

Enhance productivity by addressing human need.

Speaking into needs:

People need security. Insecure people expend energy searching for security. Insecurity creates indecisiveness. Security enables movement.

Speak into need by:

  1. Explaining the big picture.
  2. Clarifying expectations.
  3. Minimizing surprises.
  4. Sharing information before change.

People need to contribute. When people feel they’re making meaningful contributions they are less likely to be jealous of others and more likely to enjoy their job.

Speak into their need by explaining how their contribution enhances:

  1. Themselves.
  2. The project.
  3. The organization.
  4. The community.

Basic Needs

  1. Belonging
  2. Esteem
  3. Self-actualization

Daniel Pink’s observations show us people need:

  1. Autonomy
  2. Mastery
  3. Purpose

Refocusing on people by speaking into human need energizes hearts, enables sustained productivity, and enhances job satisfaction.

Systems don’t complete projects, people do.

How can leaders speak into human needs in ways that enable and enhance productivity?