Manufacture Your Day by DISCOVERING THE POWER OF SELF-MOTIVATION
If you are an employee, do you think your manager is responsible to motivate you?
If you are a manager, do you think it is your responsibility to motivate your employees?
Here is the simple answer: “No.” Management is responsible to create a motivating environment, and management is responsible to develop self-reliant and self-motivated employees. That’s it.
External motivation (carrot or stick method) was a motivational technique that seemed to work well during the industrial age.
- Carrot (motivation by desire) = more money, a title.
- Stick (motivation by fear) = If I don’t do what I tell you to do, you will get fired.
Fear is a terrible motivator for manufacturing excellence.
Here is the thing, we can all feel frustrated and demotivated at times. That is o.k. What is not o.k. is that most people simply don’t have a mental strategy in place how they can motivate themselves when they are in a rut.
Do you give people goals (mainly numbers/targets) and expect them to get excited?
Have you ever spoon-fed your team members so that they won’t make a mistake?
Have you ever had the feeling that people don’t move until you tell them to move?
If your answer is yes to all or most of these questions, please don’t feel bad because you are not alone.
- allowing people to be involved in the corporate goal setting process?
- making personal development an expectation in the performance review?
- hiring more people based on their personal hobbies and talents than just for skill and education only (a hobby can tell you a lot about a person’s drive and personality)?
- asking people more open-ended questions so that they can have “a voice” in the problem solving process?
- teaching people the power of goal setting in their personal life in order to get happier, healthier and more productive employees?
Will some of these ideas cost money?
Yes, but most definitely not as much as it will cost to have ongoing performance issues, lack of discipline, high turnover and absenteeism, health & safety issues and quality concerns.
Self-motivation is a good skill to develop.
I ensure you that everyone will benefit from it – the company, the employees and the employees’ families and friends.
Stop wishing and start doing! The best project you will ever work on is yourselves.
Food for Thought:
How motivated are you? It will have an impact on the performance of the people around you.
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