Manufacture Your Day by GETTING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON MOTIVATION
Lately, a lot of people have asked me about a good strategy on how to motivate people.
External motivation (carrot and stick) is a method that used to work well during the industrial age. Motivation by fear (i.e. threatening them) or by desire (i.e. paying more money or promising them a new/higher position) are short-term motivators.
In short, “You don’t have to motivate your team members, just make sure that you don’t demotivate them.“
If you lead a group of people, here are some action steps for you to follow:
- Create a motivating environment – make sure your team members have all the tools they need to do a good job and that they feel they are part of what you’re trying to achieve.
- Be friendly and respectful (so basic but powerful).
- Observe your own energy that you bring to work – the energy you see in your team members is a reflection of your own.
- Be clear about what you expect and communicate your expectations on a regular basis.
- Get your team members involved in the goal-setting process – Help them understand the “Why?” and WIIFT (what’s in it for them).
- Provide regular constructive feedback – on what they do well and how they can do better. People will be as motivated as you are willing to spend time with them. It’s important to help them build their skills – avoid micromanaging, judging and criticizing.
- Allow them to use their own “thinking power” – the mind is like a muscle; if they never use it, they lose it.
- Expect the best from your team members – you will get what you expect.
What would it be like if the people around you would do what you want them to do, not because they have to but because they want to?
Food for Thought:
Would you consider yourself self-motivated?
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