Or Everyone is Lazy – it’s up to you.
But I disagree.† No one is lazy.† I know that sounds counter-intuitive to those of you who have had to endure employees who don’t get work in on time, or who don’t follow up with clients, or don’t even get out to see the clients in the first place.† But they are not inherently lazy.† They are just lazy about those things.
Everyone has something that is intrinsically motivating to them.† Whether it’s spending time with their kids, writing reports, working on their hot-rod on the weekend, or going surfing.† For the things that are truly important to us, that inspire us and engage us,† we are never ever ever lazy.† What are the things that you don’t even have to think about?† That you just do constantly with no external motivation required and no question about whether it will get done or not?† These are the things that are most important to you.
Likewise, there will be something that we are all very lazy about.† My wife has asked me to weed the front garden for a number of weeks now, but do you think I’ve done it?† No.† Am I lazy?† Well, I don’t think I am, but I just seem to forget to do it whenever there is spare time.† But you can bet that my wife thinks I am lazy with regard to the gardening (actually, she does.† She said it).† And maybe she’s right.† Afterall, I have replaced potential gardening time with other things that motivate me to action, like kicking the football with the kids or writing a blog
The problem isn’t that someone is lazy.† The problem is that they have prioritised something that they think is more important.† As a leader, your job is to work out how to make things important enough to your staff so that they take action.† You can do it by fear, reward or inspiration….two of three will get the best from your people.