When my wife went in for surgery at a local hospital two years ago, the slogan of the front hall read, “We nurture the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of one another and those we serve. Through our healing presence, we accompany those who suffer.”
This was an ideal example of the “why” behind everything they do.
Our behavior and the behavior of others can’t be changed as we only focus on what we are doing. It changes when we focus on why we are doing it. Questioning monotony can eliminate the unnecessary and drive us to a next level of vision and productivity.
The question of “why?” will fuel your team to change behavior.
The “why” and vision behind your actions are not only important for you to understand, but as a leader, when you explain things to your team from the inside out, it can change the fibers that hold a team together, eliminate monotony and create an environment where goals are set toward a vision, not just to get finish something.
The challenge of this past week: find something you struggle to look forward to, and dig deeper into the “why” of what you’re doing.
I would extend the challenge for you to look beyond the microcosm of your own day-to-day and ask if your team gets the “why” behind things you ask them to do every day. Research would show they probably don’t.
The payoff for clarity here is huge.