Your success, your job depends upon motivation of your team. When teams are motivated, they don’t simply perform their job, they attack them, eager to make their contributions. And the results are obvious: customers are happy, your team is energized, and the organization continues to grow and develops.
So how can you motivate your team, or a person? You can’t! The only person who can truly motivate a person is the person. You can demand someone to do something, but that is not going to bring out his/her best efforts. Sorry “my way or the highway” isn’t effective in motivating individuals or teams.
Although you can’t control motivation, you can most certainly affect it. You can create conditions where employees want to be motivated. And here is one way you can do that: With few exceptions, all people want to achieve, contribute, and be part of something special. Our drive challenges us to achieve. The task of the leader is to feed and encourage that drive.
Teach Business Literacy
The more people understand how a successful organization is run, the better they’ll be able to contribute to your overall mission and the bottom line, and they will feel like they are truly part of your success.
Involve Them In Decision Making
If you have an important decision to make, ask your employees for ideas and suggestions. They are the ones who will feel the impact the most. Besides, you’ll probably end up with a better decision because of the help and support from your people.
Let Your Employees Lead
Help others develop by letting them take the lead on certain projects or task. It’s a great way to build skills, commitment, and responsibility. Plus most of us like “being in charge” some of the time.
Address Performance Problems Early
You owe it to your team to address deficiencies as soon as you become aware of them. Waiting only increases the intensity of everyone else’s bad feelings.
Keep Them Informed
Hold regular business meetings to keep everyone informed on what’s happening within the organization. Make sure people do not feel like they are kept in the dark.
Go Beyond The Tangible
Awards certainly have their place. But lasting motivation comes from people fulfilling challenging assignments, and receiving ongoing, positive feedback. Put your focus there, and you will cause people to care about their job, and themselves.
Besides providing training, building skills, awareness, and confidence, make developing the members of your team (and yourself) one of your top priorities.
Always Give The “Why”
There is a much better chance that people will be motivated and give their enthusiastic support if they understand the reason behind the goal, assignment, or decision. Always follow the what with the why.
Respect Their Time
If you expect people to believe that their work is important, you have to believe it, too. Don’t expect people to drop what they are doing every time you need something. Instead, ask if they have a few minutes. Better yet, ask for a time when they’ll be available to meet with you.