Commitments in Public
I began reading an article this evening entitled "Harnessing the Science of Persuasion". The article essentially lays out principles managers can use to win friends and influence people.
One of the principles is consistency and in the article the author suggest a good way to gain consitency on your employees commitments is to announce the commitment in public. Here is an excerpt:
"Recognizing the power of desire, you should, once you've successfully convinced [the employee] of the need to be more timely, reinforce the commitment by making sure it gets a public airing. One way to do this is to send an e-mail that reads, "I think your plan is just what we need. I showed it to Diane in manufacturing and Phil in shipping, and they thought it was right on target too."
When wearing my critical thinking hat, I question on well this would work and the kind of message you are truly sending to the employee. I wanted to share this with the forum to get your thoughts and feedback! Thanks!