Motivation Is A Personal Thing


One mistake that business owners and managers often make is thinking what motivates one person on their staff will motivate everyone on their staff.  This just is not so.  Each person is different thus what makes them tick and desire to perform can be quite different.

For most people their motivation to do things is intrinsic, it comes from deep within their core being.  Waving a hundred-dollar bill in front of them for producing more widgets just doesn’t do it for them.

This can make motivating your team a bit difficult, but there are a few things that you can do as a manager that can help you to “crack the code” on how to get the best from your individual team members.

  • Get input from each staff member asking what it is that makes them want to produce more or excel in their position.
  • Allow staff to determine (within boundaries) what their motivational factors can be.
  • Let staff members take ownership of their positional goals and how they can achieve them.
  • Realize that internal drive is stronger than any drive an employer can try to enforce.

If you see that things are not working for an employee as far as reaching the goals they have set, address it immediately.  Help with options and redirection so they can get back on track.  No one likes to fail, especially when they have set their own goals.

“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.” ~ Bill Bradley

2 thoughts on “Motivation Is A Personal Thing

  1. My boss and I were talking the other day, and he wanted to tie some “bonus/commission” money to some of our tasks, and I told him that it wasn’t a motivator for me, and I could easily see how by attaching those strings individually, it could make group and team efforts dwindle. It’s a good reminder that not everyone is motivated by the same things!

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