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You’re on the fast track. You don’t need sustained results, you need quick wins. Results matter. You’ve got a review coming up. With a few simple tactics, you can get your organization performing in no time. You’ll be promoted and someone else can deal with the fall out.

5 Ways to Drive Results Through Fear and Intimidation

1. Prey on their Insecurity

Employees are inherently lazy. They can work harder, they just need the proper motivation. Threaten their jobs (this is easier now in a bad economy). Announce a downsizing, but don’t give any details. That will keep them on their toes.

2. Create Competition

It’s all about the stack rank. Don’t reward behaviors, reward results. When employees help others, take them aside and explain the consequences (see #1).

3. Expand Hours

It’s only common sense. The more they work, the more they will get done. Cancel vacations. Create weekend projects. Sunday mornings are a great time for emergency conference calls.

4. Raise Your Voice

Fear creates adrenaline. It’s better than Red Bull. Raise your voice. This works best when you single out an employee in front of their peers. Yell at one, get everyone moving. You must time it carefully. Keep your calm demeanor when managing up. This will help dispel any potential concerns about your style.

5. Hold Daily Check-Ins

Empowerment is the invention of academicians and sappy bloggers. For fast results, micromanage. Hold daily check-ins with each employee. Never be satisfied. I find it best to practice exacerbated facial expressions on my way to work (a little cosmetic mirror works just fine). If you can’t master the facials, try deep sighs.

Happy April Fools Day from Let’s Grow Leaders. If any of this sounded familiar, attractive (and especially if it ticked you off, please subscribe by entering your email address. We have a growing community of interactive leaders sharing their leadership ideas.

Footnote: Concerned that my International followers would think me insane, I leaned that many countries celebrate similar practical joking days in the Spring, April Fools Day Traditions Around the World.

Filed Under:   Results & Execution
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

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Dan Rockwell   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

I’m running out right now to create fear and intimidation. I had no idea it was so powerful!

letsgrowleaders   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

Thanks, Dan. When I read your post today, I was worried you were too nice. Glad you see the light ;-)

Eric Dingler   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

I would add that you should have the Sunday morning conference call…but you don’t need to be there. Just require the transcript and a full report on Monday morning. Besides, at this point…you’ve earned the right to require meetings but never participate.

letsgrowleaders   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

Oh, Eric, that’s just brilliant. A great add for the LGL community.

Lisa Kohn   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

And you forgot – tell them how to do it when you delegate it to them so they don’t mess it up, and only delegate the jobs you don’t want to do!

letsgrowleaders   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

Lisa, you are right! That can really work wonders. In fact, I ‘m going to make a list right now of all the stupid stuff I can delegate.

Lily Kreitinger (@lilykreitinger)   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

if you really want to get the team going, build a “Wall of Shame” board with results of the high achievers, so the underachievers get motivated and in gear! Ha ha. Great post!

letsgrowleaders   |   02 April 2013   |   Reply

Lily, Great to have you joining the conversation. thanks!

Carrie @ Busy Nothings   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

I have to say, I thought you had gone crazy for just a moment… ;) Happy April 1st!

Shawn   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

Happy April fools day! I was scared for a minute!

Pam   |   01 April 2013   |   Reply

Nicely played, Karin.

Anna   |   02 April 2013   |   Reply

I’m so thankful this was an April Fools prank. I kept on reading and thinking what is going on?

letsgrowleaders   |   02 April 2013   |   Reply

Thanks to all of you for your comments. This was fun.

Mike   |   04 April 2013   |   Reply

The problem is I know people that think this is how you get things done.

letsgrowleaders   |   04 April 2013   |   Reply

Mike, sadly, me too. Thanks so much for joining the LGL conversation.