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    How to Figure Out What Motivates Others 


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    Great things can happen when people are motivated—but making that happen isn’t a simple task, because no two people share exactly the same motivation. The best leaders understand that motivating others is an important part of their role, and that doing it well means discovering and providing motivation that’s unique to each individual member of their team as well as building organizational values that foster motivation.

    To really figure out what motivates others so you can work with them to build individual and team success is a skill that requires you to go deep. Here are a few suggestions for establishing individual motivation and a motivational culture:

    Start with the basics. The first principle of motivating others is communicating to them how important they are—letting them know they’re valued and what they do is important.

    Invest in their future. Show an interest in the career path of your employees. Get to know their best areas, what they enjoy doing, and what their aspirations are. Give them challenging assignments that play to their strengths and help them grow, then celebrate their successes.

    Connect them with a mission and purpose. Help people stay connected to the big picture of what they’re working for to ensure they never think of their job as just a paycheck. Let them know about the mission they’re part of .

    Help them learn something new. Learning brings with it enthusiasm and new ideas. Provide subscriptions so people can read and stay up-to-date in their field, sponsor learning within the organization with brown-bag lunches and workshops, and pay for employees to attend classes and conferences when you can.

    Give them autonomy. One of the greatest motivators a leader can give is freedom—the freedom to make decisions, to come up with new ideas, to move things forward independently. Autonomy is the best motivator for many people. When you tell someone you trust them, you empower them to do great things.

    Make it personal. Not everyone is driven entirely by work. The people on your team all  have hobbies and interests, families and friends. Find out what drives each person, and ask them about it. The better you understand the people who make up your team, the more successfully you can motivate them—and the closer the bonds that connect you all.

    Praise with purpose. When an individual or team does something right, praise them with purpose, Be specific about how their accomplishments and achievements affect others. Remember to recognize those who work behind the scenes as well as those in the spotlight.

    Delegate to empower. Get people involved in setting organizational goals and determining the strategies and processes to reach those goals. Ask for their opinions about decisions that have to be made. Assign work and trust people to do it well—and when they do, express your appreciation.

    Lead from within:  Motivation gives strength and inspires drive in others.

     


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:55 on 2019/09/17 Permalink
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    6 Reasons Your Best Employees Can Lose Their Motivation 


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    Employees require a certain amount of energy and motivation to be engaged and feel fully committed at the workplace.

    According to a recent study of 1.2 employees at 52 organizations, most of them Fortune 1000 companies, there’s cause for concern. Most employees start out with high levels of engagement and enthusiasm, the study finds. But after six months on the job, their morale declines sharply—and it continues to deteriorate for years.

    If you’re losing good employees to apathy and disengagement, it’s critical that you regain their enthusiasm. Otherwise, you stand to lose your best people—the ones who will always have options—as they head for your competitors, leaving you with the dregs.

    Poor employee engagement and retention are leadership issues, and it takes leadership to fix them. And that process begins with knowing what employees need that they aren’t getting. Here are some of the most common issues:

    Lack of autonomy If your smartest and most talented employees are not allowed to make decisions on their own, if everything has to be decided from top down, they’ll quickly lose their motivation. Empower them to make decisions and have faith in their judgment.

    Lack of professional development. Opportunities for learning and development are an instant boost to employee motivation—especially among the best. Employees like to feel that they’re are expanding and refining their skills. Providing opportunities for people to attain new knowledge and share it with others is one of the best ways to revitalize a stagnant workplace.

    Unrealistic workloads. It’s important to keep expectations and demands reasonable. If your employees feel pressured to work longer, stay later, and work most weekends, they will soon become disillusioned, stressed and lacking in motivation. On the other hand, an employee whose workload is too light or not varied enough may quickly lose interest. Set reasonable, realistic expectations and check in from time to time to make sure workloads are still where they should be.

    Lack of flexibility. If your workplace doesn’t honor work-life balance, even the most enthusiastic employees will burn out before you know it. Encourage time off, flexible work options and other solutions to keep employees happy and focused.

    Lack of communication. Communicate to your employees, and do it often. Because not only does clear communication throughout the organization make for an efficient workplace, it also has a major impact on employee morale and confidence.

    Feeling undervalued. An employee who feels that their efforts are not recognized or appreciated will soon begin to lose energy and commitment. That’s why it’s so important to celebrate successes and give credit where it’s due. Try to make sure that every achievement and effort is rewarded, even if it’s just with a simple thank you.

    Leaders are often surprised that their best employees are demotivated—and even more surprised when they leave—but if the issues listed above aren’t being handled well, it’s only to be expected.

    The signs are always there when there’s a problem; the questions for you as a leader is whether you’re watching and what you’re going to do about it.

    Lead from within: To retain and keep your best employees, do what it takes to keep them motivated and inspired.

     


     

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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

     

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:03 on 2019/08/20 Permalink
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    How the Best Leaders Energize Their People Every Day 


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    If you’re like most leaders, the days can be long and filled with millions of things to do, and it’s easy to lose sight of your energy. And the same is true of the people on your team. Ideally, the work you do every day should be energizing, but part of leadership is making it happen when it isn’t happening naturally. Here are some ways to keep your people energized and motivated:

    Tap into what inspires them. The status quo is usually a pretty comfortable place, and it’s never easy for leaders to get people to move forward. Ask yourself what inspires your team. Is it the mission? The camaraderie and teamwork? Personal ambition? Tap into what you know of them to help them make the leap from impossible to possible. Let them know it’s going to be hard at times, but the rewards will be great.

    Celebrate the big things—and the little ones too. Great leaders are constantly finding ways to honor their people and celebrate their individual and shared successes. Don’t wait for an excuse to inject energy into your people. Let them know you see their progress and do everything you can to celebrate it—and them.

    Reward their effort. Too often leaders focus rewards only on results; they forget how much energy and effort people put into making something work, even if it’s just part of the daily grind or a project that didn’t pan out. Be the kind of leader who rewards effort as well as results. Let your people know that little things make big things happen and that you value their discipline and effort.

    Listen with curiosity. Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand but with the intent to reply. To energize your people, listen with curiosity, speak with honesty and act with integrity. The most successful people are the ones who do more listening than talking. When people know they’re being heard, they feel vital and valued.

    Show respect. The highest form of respect you can give someone is to recognize them for who they are. Let them know you see their strengths—not just when they excel, but even through mistakes and bad outcomes.

    Appreciate them for who they are. Recognition is a fundamental human need that reinforces positive actions. When you let people know you appreciate them for themselves and their role in the work you share, the more involved they will feel.

    Show your gratitude. The single greatest cause of happiness is gratitude. If you want to keep your team motivated, make it a point to express your thanks to them as often as you can, in private and in public.

    The best leaders energize their people in as many ways as possible, sharing with them the feeling that every day is a great day to do amazing work together.

    Lead from within: At the end of the day, your energy and ability to energize others are among the most valuable resources you can share.

     


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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 10:52:00 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    How to Kill Your Team’s Motivation Without Really Trying 


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    When it comes to motivation, everyone thinks they are the expert–there are hundreds of blogs, articles and books on the subject.

    It’s a genuine problem in a lot of organizations–I have been brought in countless times as a consultant and coach to help motivate a team.

    But–as I’ve been saying for many years–motivation doesn’t come from an outside source. It’s an inside job, and if you want motivation, it’s you–as a team leader, boss, coach, manager–who must find what motivates and inspires each person.

    What ends up happening more often, even with great leaders, is that they inadvertently kill the motivation on their team. Here are some ways that can happen:

    1. When you don’t have a vision. To motivate your team, create a compelling vision. People need something they can hold on to, something they can resonate with and be proud of.

    2. When you don’t have a plan. You can have the greatest vision and the best ideas, but without a strategic plan to guide them in turning those abstracts into something sustainable and tangible, your team is just going to keep spinning its wheels.

    3. When you say one thing but do another. People want a leader who can be trusted–and they pay close attention. Inconsistencies in your words and behavior don’t just discourage your team–it erodes their respect for you, which in turn keeps them from doing their best.

    4. When you make up dumb rules that give you more control. Rules and policies and processes are not what great leadership is about. And when you use them as a means to control those around you, you’re on your way to being disrespected entirely. The only message it sends is that you feel out of control and need to make up for it.

    5. When you don’t give people the credit they deserve. In a team, everything that is done is supported by and a reflection of the entire group. If you fail to give people the credit they deserve, they’ll stop doing their best–and they may start to undermine you outright.

    6. When you can’t manage conflict. Some conflict is healthy, but when it’s out of control you do nothing to manage it, people become wary of engagement. To keep motivation, creativity and productivity alive and well, step in and take effective measures to help resolve conflicts.

    7. When you make yourself unavailable and inaccessible. Making yourself invisible to others, either by being gone or by barricading yourself behind a closed door or a protective assistant–your team will eventually stop trying to communicate or consult with you at all.

    8. When you’re too busy to engage with anyone. Are you truly too busy to support, guide and mentor your team–the people who are working hard for you and who make you look good? Seriously? You may be trying to emphasize your importance, but the message you send is that your team falls low on your list of priorities.

    9. When you play favorites. Favoritism alienates everyone. How are people supposed to work together when they’re divided by their leader? Playing favorites destroys the core of the collective and makes their work much harder.

    10. When you threaten people. Whether the threat is a canceled vacation, missing out on a promotion or being fired, it’s the lowest form of attempted control. Threats will never get people to do what you want but will instead make them more disconnected, disengaged and resentful.

    11. When you don’t celebrate wins. If your team can’t pause to celebrate their wins, it’s guaranteed that they’ll bring a little less enthusiasm next time.

    12. When you withhold information. If you are withholding information from your team, not keeping them in the loop, how they are going to know what they need to do? Keeping them in the dark makes their work harder and leads them to care less.

    13. When you overwork your team. Do you really believe that overloading people will going to make them work harder? The only thing it will do is burn them out, and before you know it they’re just putting in their time without much investment.

    14. When you compare one person to another. Lousy leaders sometimes try to stimulate performance by comparing one person against one another. People don’t want to be pitted, compared or stereotyped but to be noticed as an individual. Let people be who they truly are so they can bring their best to work.

    15. When you constantly keep your team feeling they can be replaced. The idea that people they are replaceable makes them edgy and anxious, which is not a state that leads to great work. They want to feel they are valuable and have something to contribute.

    If you’re doing any of these things–in large ways or small–or if you even have tendencies in their direction, you need to get to work on your leadership before you do irrevocable harm to your team, because you are basically killing your team’s motivation.

     

     


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    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 19:29:40 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    23 Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself 


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    Motivation is something we’re supposed to carry within us, but it doesn’t always appear on its own. Sometimes we need a little help to find the motivation we need to run our businesses, to lead our companies, to support our teams and to help our customers.

    Here are 23 ways to increase your motivation:

    1. Get hungry. Find out what drives you–what you are passionate about–and stay focused on that desire.

    2. Embrace your drive. The only way to get something done is to embrace it with all your confidence and will power. Make a promise to yourself that if you want something done, you will get it done, because nothing will ever happen by itself

    3. Push all the right buttons. If things are going off the rails, tell yourself what you need to hear to take back control. There are many things we don’t have control over, but we always have control over how we react. Activate your positivity.

    4. Tackle tiny tasks. Knock off a few little items from your to-do list and create small rituals to help give your motivation some momentum.

    5. Be present. It’s easy to be so focused on the future that you lose sight of what’s right in front of you. Stay grounded in the present moment.

    6. Do something badly. Perfectionism is motivation’s worst enemy. Undermine those instincts by learning to do something you have no talent or aptitude for. You’ll learn compassion for others in the same situation, and the next time you are confronted with the same circumstances you know exactly what to do.

    7. Talk to thinkers. Stay close to the friends and family members who challenge your thinking and keep you focused, confident and positive.

    8. Make it happen. Sometimes we don’t do the things we need to do because we secretly believe someone is going to come and rescue us. Remember the old adage “If it is to be, it is up to me.” It may be a frightening truth, but it’s honest.

    9. Free your thinking. Don’t allow your thinking to become restricted or rigid, but try to experience new ways of doing things. Commit yourself to looking for innovative ideas–there’s nothing more motivating than the feeling of infinite possibility.

    10. Keep moving. When the body moves, so does the mind. Think of enjoyable ways you can work some exercise into the day. Don’t think of it as time away from work–many people say they do their best thinking while they are running or walking.

    11. Use your weakness. What you think of as a weakness can truly become a strength. Learn to take advantage of your weaknesses. Turn them around and see possibilities emerge.

    12. Honor your habits. Trying to rid yourself of a bad habit is notoriously difficult. Instead, give your bad habits some respect and tweak them into something new that serve you more effectively.

    13. Face your fears. Fear is the worst thing that can happen to motivation. If you want to stay motivated, you have to face down your fears.

    14. Quit caring about what other people think. Tap into your self-esteem and free yourself of other people’s opinions and expectations. Leave your self -consciousness behind. Act on your instincts and take risks with abandon.

    15. Be tenacious with yourself. If you’re in the habit of talking yourself out of action because you lack confidence, quiet that inner voice and refuse to take no for an answer.

    16. Write your own script. Too often we are so busy living the script that other people have written for us that we don’t have time for the things we want and envision for ourselves. Take back ownership of your script and you’ll find your motivation.

    17. Treat every problem as a gift. When you change the way you look at your–when you stop seeing them as problems–they turn into opportunities to discover a new solution. You always have a choice in how you respond to events.

    18. Remind and rewind. If you’re at less than peak performance, keep reminding yourself of your most positive and inspiring thoughts, rewinding them in your mind so you don’t forget them.

    19. Make time to think. Everything you do begins with a thought, and when you stop thinking you stop taking action. Do what it takes to devote some time to thinking, and watch your creativity and imagination take flight.

    20. Choose to inspire. Sometimes the best way to get out of your own way is to focus on inspiring others. If you can’t have a prefect day, you still may be able to give one to somebody else.

    21. Get comfortable with uncertainty. It’s easy to lose motivation when you’re scared. Uncertainty is a major source of fear, and if you can learn to make friends with uncertainty, you can eliminate a major source of uncertainty.

    22. Keep it simple. It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re overflowing with challenges and complications and confusion. When you can keep what’s in front of you simple and specific, you can be more focused and more effective.

    23. Get a coach. Sometimes even the smartest of people with the best of intentions need some help. A great coach can help you examine yourself in ways that would never occur to you on your own. It can be a frightening prospect but the rewards can be great. The prefect coach can lead you to discover your self -motivation and tap into a source

     


    N A T I O N A L    B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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