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The most successful company leaders consistently innovate on the job to help increase productivity. Great managers pay attention to the world and global changes and, in response, go a step further by helping evolve their companies.

Less than stellar outcomes can result when sub-standard working conditions are ignored for too long. A good leader must recognize areas that need improvement, problem-solve to address issues and enthusiastically implement new standards.

A company is a mosaic of unique individuals who create the company culture, making every business distinct. To promote productivity, the first step is to understand the unique culture of the company. Step two is to approach change from a helpful standpoint.

Lack of innovation is a major contributing factor for stagnation. Stagnation can fester because workers begin to feel stuck at a level that doesn’t encourage change or growth. To prevent stagnation, a company leader must implement and react to change in response to employees' needs and work productivity. Change can be difficult, but not changing can be detrimental.

Level the Playing Field

Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” This adage relates to work: The best way for a company to increase productivity and progress is for its leaders to exercise teamwork.

Leaders must play on the same team as everyone else. Too often, those in positions of authority make the wrong assumption that being professional means treating employees as lesser than themselves. Colleagues notice the example their bosses set and will emulate them. But it only takes one leader who demonstrates the right attitude to make a change.

Walt Disney, for example, was an inventor and a creator. He saw the potential in the ordinary and recognized ways to be innovative. His result were revolutionary. Paper drawings and sketches were magically turned into animation.

Standing out doesn’t mean starting over; it means bringing everyone onboard. The Walt Disney Company was born out of one man's voice. A team was built around his ideas and examples. A company can benefit from a strong, cooperative voice leading the culture.

Instill a Strong Foundation of Self-Worth

Taking a leap of faith to promote productivity in the workplace means demanding the same of others. A good leader takes change in stride and encourages others to rise to the occasion. Motivation and goal setting are important ways to increase productivity, but the most important factor is developing a strong sense of self-worth. Employees’ self-worth is strengthened by:

  1. valuing their uniqueness;
  2. showing sincere interest in them;
  3. giving them an important role;
  4. setting realistic expectations;
  5. teaching problem-solving skills;
  6. acknowledging their accomplishments;
  7. downplaying comparison to others; and
  8. avoiding sarcasm.

Write Down Goals

People are more likely to achieve goals by writing them down, so employees should write a list of goals to increase productivity. People who make lists, refer to them, and mark items off when done are more productive. They consistently accomplish goals and achieve success. They don’t just “wing it;” they outline and prioritize specific goals to accomplish small and big tasks. Give employees the following advice on making a list of tasks to be more productive.

  • Take two minutes each day to list necessary tasks.
  • Keep the to-do checklist handy.
  • Designate a time and place to accomplish goals.
  • Review the list regularly.
  • Regroup and revise tasks as needed.

The Power of positivity

Newton’s Law states that “any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses.” Basically, results are equal to the effort put in. Employees follow company leaders when those leaders bring a positive attitude and force behind their goals. This directly affects morale and productivity.

Each thought has the potential to turn into action. Therefore, positive thinking is the beginning of the cycle to attract positive outcomes. Understanding the power of thought is important. It leads to results. A successful effort starts with a successful attitude. Improving productivity in the workplace jumpstarts with a company's morale and extends to its bottom line. Moving toward positive change is contagious and, with the right attitude and methods, can ignite a chain reaction that promotes productivity.

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