Like using the do or die statement to scare people into action:
"If we do not deliver this product / make this sell / prolong the contract with this customer, our company will go under."
The first time I heard this, I was working very hard at a car manufacturer and I was told that if we would not start production of the new car model on time the whole company could go under. When I told my father, who had worked in the car industry for a long time, he just shrugged and said:
"Oh, this model too?"Now that I have also worked many, many years in the corporate world I have heard similar statements so often that they have lost their meaning.
I do not believe in fear as a way to motivate persons to do their best. On the contrary.
People who feel good do a better job than people who feel insecure.
But unfortunately there are often insecure people at work, and some of them let their insecurities out on others.
- They blame others when things do not go as planned.
- They yell at them if deadlines are missed.
- They make them feel guilty while still pushing them to make more impossible promises.
Again, none of this works.
Or as Anders Haglund at Lifevision wrote on facebook recently:
"There is nothing you can do stressed that you couldn't do better with a calm mind."I do not participate in the power games at work.
I kind of watch them from the sideline and get surprised by them, but I do not let them get to me.
Instead I do what I can to create an environment where people feel safe and enjoy work.
And let me tell you a secret several managers do not seem to be aware of:
People who feel happy and safe do great work. Unhappy, nervous and scared people do not.
No need to take my word for it though, it is so well explained in this great video with Simon Sinek that I can share with you thanks to a tip from my friend and colleague Oliver.