Four quick ways to mo­ti­vate your staff

ways to mo­ti­vate your staff

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Have you ever bought a new gad­get or toy for your kids or your­self and seen that mildly an­noy­ing ‘bat­ter­ies not in­cluded’ sticker? Get­ting the right bat­ter­ies for your new gizmo is sim­i­lar to find­ing the right mo­ti­va­tion for your em­ploy­ees. The end goal is the same: en­ergy for ac­tion, but you need the right con­nec­tion to trig­ger that flow of en­ergy.

Shari Alexan­der shares four tech­niques that will in­crease your chances of find­ing the right con­nec­tion 1 Use pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment

One of the best ways to lay the ground­work for fu­ture mo­ti­va­tion is to ac­knowl­edge and re­ward suc­cesses. If you mo­ti­vate some­one to take ac­tion, but you don’t ac­knowl­edge the ac­com­plish­ment, they will be jaded when you ap­proach them again in fu­ture for some­thing else.

Recog­ni­tion of past suc­cesses is a mo­ti­va­tor for fu­ture progress. Fail­ing to do so can lead to bit­ter and de­fen­sive em­ploy­ees.

Lead­ers need to be a con­stant source of mo­ti­va­tion. Your team should come to you to recharge their bat­ter­ies, not leave feel­ing more drained. Pay at­ten­tion to their needs.

2 Fo­cus on the big­ger pic­ture

One of the most univer­sal mo­ti­va­tional trig­gers is con­nect­ing a cur­rent ac­tion with a big­ger vi­sion. What drives you is the big­ger pic­ture, not the daily to-dos.

Your team is no dif­fer­ent. If you’re see­ing a lack in mo­ti­va­tion or pro­duc­tiv­ity, it’s prob­a­bly be­cause they’ve lost the con­nec­tion be­tween what they are do­ing and their “why”.

Ac­tively search for their “why” dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions, so that when there is a lull in mo­ti­va­tion, you can be there to re­mind them of the big pic­ture. Help them see how their puz­zle piece fits in to build a larger pic­ture.

3 Pay at­ten­tion to what ex­cites them

The best kind of mo­ti­va­tion doesn’t come from you; it comes from peo­ple them­selves. When you’re hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one, pay close at­ten­tion to what they say and how they say it. Chances are, they are giv­ing you clues on how to best mo­ti­vate them in that mo­ment.

I like to call th­ese clues ‘key­words’. They are words or phrases that stand out from the rest. Key­words are more charged when spo­ken. The per­son will lean in or sit up straighter. Their voice might get louder or more pointed. Their eyes might widen when they say their key­words.

When you de­tect more en­ergy be­hind cer­tain words, latch on to them and use those key­words to help your mo­ti­va­tional ef­forts.

4 Em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of process

Some­times teams pro­cras­ti­nate be­cause they don’t think there’s any harm in putting off cer­tain tasks. Lit­tle do they know that what seems in­con­se­quen­tial to them is ac­tu­ally a cor­ner­stone for your next step. No step is unim­por­tant. In your business, there are no small steps, only small think­ing. Of course, this only ap­plies if you don’t have un­nec­es­sary re­dun­dan­cies. If you do, it’s a good idea to do an au­dit and clean the cob­webs out of your pro­ce­dures.


You need the right flow and en­ergy to get the best out of your team



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