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12 Reasons People Love to Work for You

by Roger Neugebauer
January/February 1991
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"The well director doesn't work to make people love her, but makes people love to work for her."

I proposed this maxim in an article, "The Well Director," in the March 1987 issue of Exchange. Since then a number of people (two) have said, "Well, that sounds just peachy, but how do you make people love to work for you in real life?"

So I've been keeping my eye on the directors of centers where teacher turnover is low, trying to figure out what they are doing right. Based on these observations, here are 12 practices you can implement to motivate people to stay - 12 reasons people will love to work for you.

You believe in people from day one.

With the shrinking supply of qualified teachers, there is a tendency to be pessimistic about the potential of the people we hire. This pessimism can result in a self-fulfilling prophecy: we don't expect high performance; so we don't make an effort to encourage high performance; and, in the end, we don't see high performance.

You can't manipulate people like puppets. They alone have the power to decide whether they will work hard.

However, your attitude about a person can have a ...

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