Engaging Employees to Go "All In"

Engaging Employees to Go "All In"

By Vitiello Communications Group

When the ball is snapped tonight at the first game of the 2014 NFL season, fans can be assured that the champion Seattle Seahawks will go “all in” to win—and they won’t be alone. Countless other professional football teams have adopted this motivational motto as a declaration of their commitment to bringing home the Super Bowl trophy next February.

Derived from the game of poker when a player risks everything in hopes of beating the opponent, going all in signifies a total commitment to a goal. According to Baltimore Ravens coach, John Harbaugh, going all in is something he and his players will be discussing throughout the season. “What does it really meant to be ‘all in’…? To be completely committed to something? [And] who do you do it for? Those are the kinds of things we will be talking about,” said Harbaugh. In locker rooms throughout the league, coaches will engage their players by giving them the strategies and tools needed to succeed.

Like football coaches, business leaders need to engage their teams to get winning results. To do so, they can take a page from a coaching playbook. Here are three tips to follow:

  • Be clear about outcomes. Whether looking at short-term or long-term business goals, make sure employees know what your organization wants to achieve and help them design the strategies they need to help your company score.
  • Focus on a small number of vital behaviors. Helping employees prioritize the steps needed to achieve company goals can help them in their drive toward the end zone.
  • Show your passion. There is no better way to get employees excited about what they are doing than to be excited yourself.

Vince Lombardi said, “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.” Leave a comment to let us know what you are doing to help your employees go all in.

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