13. Energize

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13. Energize

You're a leader; you set the tone and pace and they feed off you. So pump it up. Recognize publicly and praise regularly, accentuating the positives. Reward them for excellence with unexpected treats like a free lunch or a few hours off. Bring in speakers or share articles so they're exposed to best practices. Assign projects to foster collaboration and closer relationships within your team. Bottom line: Don't let them stagnate; stay on the offensive to keep your momentum going. Reinforce every day why they want to work here, not somewhere else.