1. Focus only on Roles, Responsibilities and Objectives
Give no consideration to what else your team may need to stay motivated and feel supported. One sure way to generate disengagement and under-performance.
2. Don’t Manage Under-performance
This is a brilliant way to negatively impact those in the team that are performing well.
3. Don’t Trust or Empower your team
Never ever be flexible, do not let them make decisions, and most importantly never allow anyone to learn from their mistakes.
4. Encourage Misinterpretation
Be sure to avoid clarity around boundaries and expectations. Be vague about how you will work together and what you need from each other. Certainly do not be clear about what is, and what isn’t, acceptable within the team.
5. Never give Recognition
Do not let those that are doing a great job know that they are. Be sure not to recognise anyone that is consistently great at what they do, and how they do it. If you must engage in it, make sure that you recognise individuals in a way that they don’t like, or respond to.
6. Don’t Be ‘in it’ with Them
Always play the ‘hierarchy card’. Make sure everyone knows who is boss by being inaccessible and unapproachable. Never share vulnerability, or be transparent and certainly never ever be ‘real’.
7. Don’t Hear Them
We often talk about listening, but how often do we truly hear what someone is saying? We all have a need to be heard and to know our opinion matters. Therefore be sure to dismiss views and interrupt people to deliver maximum demotivation.
8. Always Expect the Worst from Them
Be mindful of the power of perception and how our preconceived thoughts and judgments will impact how we view, and therefore connect, with our team. Look for the worst in people and you will find it. A brilliant way to disconnect with any team member.
9. Never Role Model the Way!
Talk the talk, never walk the walk. If you are expecting your team to behave in a certain way be sure to do the opposite and avoid leading by example. If you don’t practice what you preach it’s the perfect way to make sure that you will never inspire those around you.
10. Be Inconsistent
Be sure to treat team members differently depending on who you like and dislike the most, and if you are having a bad day don’t tell anyone, just take it out on everyone. Lack of consistency impacts levels of trust and therefore levels of engagement, so inconsistency is the way to go.
We have all been guilty of some of this in our careers. When our self-awareness is elevated we have a choice to do something different. So, our Halloween challenge is:
- if you recognise a little of what you have read here in yourself, what could you do today to be less scary?
- If you see it in others around you what feedback could you give?
Let’s leave the scary stuff to the trick or treaters that visit our doors tonight