Put Away the Carrots, Mentoring Moments, the 1 min blog
Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully; 1 Peter 5:2 (AMP)
This month we’re exploring Extreme Leadership, leading in a world where sticks and carrots just don’t work.
I’m referring to offering rewards to induce behavior. See a cart driver dangling a carrot in front of a mule. The mule moves towards the carrot because it wants the food, thus moving the cart. What’s wrong with that picture? The mule doesn’t care about what’s on the cart or where it’s going. It just wants the carrot, give it to him and he stops moving. If this is your team they may be well-trained but they are NOT empowered.
Rewards are great. But people are truly motivated by challenging work, BIG vision, and opportunity for growth. These three things bring out the best in us every day, and keep everybody moving forward.
Success and Progress!