I believe we have built in warrior instincts that were useful during a time when people had to defend their families, their businesses, and their homes.
Humans are still wired for war.
If you don’t agree, just watch sports fans on game day (or mothers shopping for exclusive Christmas gifts). We still like to go head to head. We like to conquer. We like to crush the dreams of our competition (just ask Packers and Steelers fans today).
No one forces or pays us to get dressed up for the “battle”, engage in pregame “smack talk”, or tie our emotions to the success of people we’ve never met.
It’s just how we’re wired.
Leaders, how do we get our team members to put the same kind of enthusiasm and energy into battles we face every day as a team? How do we get them to wear our logos, tell their friends about our victories, and feel personal emotions when we lose or win together? How do we release the “Inner Warrior?”
I don’t have the exact answer, but here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have employees or “team members”? (I think it matters)
- Do you share team stats (financial reports) and the game plan (strategy and vision), or do you keep them in the dark?
- Do you help them feel like they own the project, or are you too busy reminding them who is boss?
I believe that the sky is the limit for 8pm Warriors who can release the inner warrior of their team members.
Have a great night,