As an executive, if you attempt to force activity or productivity from your employees you are likely to create stress.
A different approach is to validate employees with high expectation (that’s what I call “stretching”). By this I mean your expectation is high and you then expect they can rise (stretch) to meet this expectation. That’s stretching, When demanded, employees may still perform the task but their motivation is more avoiding the consequence of not getting it done rather than the purpose.
Approach your employees with the idea that you know they are capable of getting a task or project done. This then brings about greater certainty on their part which then will create more overall productivity.
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