The way people will think of you does not depend on how productive you are, on your job title, on your responsibilities, on how much money you make, on the number of meetings you attend, on how often you share your opinion.
The way people will think of you does depend on how you make them feel when you are around.
How supportive you are.
How helpful you are.
How kind you are.
How listening you are.
How empowering you are.
Our set of values is often completely off the mark.
Making decisions using employee polls is about one of two things.
One – Management and leadership think the decision is not important enough to deserve their time.
Two – Management and leadership don’t want to have that specific responsibility.
One way or the other, it’s a bad idea. Instead, find somebody who is competent and talented, and put them in charge of figuring that particular thing out. Help them collect the opinion of those who have something to contribute, and make it clear that it’s eventually up to them to decide on the course of action. Support the final decision, measure success, and help them improve.
Polls don’t motivate, but this approach might do just that.
Out of an audience of 100 people, seeking advice on how to get started with a project, when the speaker – who has extensive experience with that project – invites the audience to connect, this will happen.
90 people will do nothing.
7 people will send an invitation to connect.
2 people will send an invitation to connect and a personal message.
1 person will send an invitation to connect, a personal message, and ask a question that will help them get started with the project.
The points being:
If you are one of the 90, remember that time is an extremely valuable asset, and your time in particular.