The Simple Secrets to Motivation

November 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm 1 comment

A good leader wants nothing more than a highly motivated team, pursuing a purposeful plan. The rest is relatively easy.

So what’s the secret to creating an environment where motivation is high and where workers are happily pursuing the planned objectives? The answer is simple. – By remembering and leveraging the two most powerful motivators of human behavior – purpose and appreciation!

Purpose – The most highly motivated people in any endeavor are driven by a deeply held sense of purpose, accomplishment, meaning and “matter”. They are emotionally connected to their toil to the point that “quit” is not even in their vocabulary! They believe in their cause. They have an acute awareness of the importance and impact of their contributions, and they take complete ownership of their stewardship

Appreciation – Everyone loves appreciation – a sincere acknowledgement for accomplishment. Even a simple “thank you” or other expressions of gratitude for a job well done, have proven to have greater influence on worker motivation than any tangible rewards. Interestingly, this hunger for feedback isn’t limited to positive feedback. Everyone wants to know how they’re doing – even when they’re falling short (remember the first motivator?) But when they excel AND they hear about it, motivation is off the charts!

Knowing the simple “secrets” to motivation is half the battle. As with most things however it’s the lack of execution that keeps many managers from creating a truly motivating environment. Rather than sharing the vision – the big picture – the “who”, “where”, “when”, “how”, and most important, the “why”, they keep it all to themselves and deprive the team of the real “purpose” of their work.

Then, when their team members do accomplish tasks, make progress, or move forward on known objectives, and the only ones taking notice are the crickets, not only is this not motivating, it’s actually terribly demotivating!

So, here’s the plan…

  • Communicate
  • Share the vision
  • Empower
  • Facilitate
  • Get out of the way
  • Provide feedback
  • Praise liberally
  • Express sincere appreciation…frequently!

Follow the plan, remembering that real motivation comes having a strong sense of purpose, meaning, and matter, followed by acknowledgement and appreciation for effort and accomplishment!

Lead on!


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  • 1. Kris Uy  |  November 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Great stuff! Hit it right on the money! I think the more transparent the leaders get, the more trusting the team is too and that can help add some fuel to the motivation fire!


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