Thursday, March 15, 2007

What is the best way to make a subordinate do what you want them to and them want to do it?

The only way you can make anyone do something they don't want to do is by manipulating them. That is by forcing them or making them an offer they cannot refuse. If you are someone's supervisor this is a power you have but your question suggests you don't want to use it.

On the other hand, if someone has signed up for a job in return for wages and they refuse to, or are incapable of doing their job than you have a right to warn them that they might loose their job unless they perform better. If you take that route, it is best done in co-ordination with your supervisor and/or your HR person.

Also, you can't make anyone want to do something. It is incorrect to believe that you can motivate a person. It helps to present the task in a way that it is appealing but in the end we each motivate ourselves, no-one else. We can only inspire others by our own behavior and then they find motivation in themselves.

Supervision implies power over someone else. Leadership is about having power over yourself. If you want to learn more, talk to successful supervisors in your organization. Maybe you could find someone to coach you.

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