In my work over the past few weeks the subject of motivation inside and outside of work has come up a lot. When working with new starts in companies the first thing we cover in their training and development induction is personality preferences and then we move onto their motivational makeup. When you start thinking about what motivates you it is good to consider both professional and personal life. Some people are lucky enough to find professional roles that tick a lot to their motivational mix boxes however in the majority of cases some of our motivational requirements are met by work while others are from outside of work activities. It doesn’t matter how your motivation is fuelled however it needs to be from one source of the other to ensure you are fulfilled and happy with the direction in your life
There are many different things that can motivate us individually and if you manage a team of people it is time well invested to understand not only your own motivational factors but also those of each person who works for you. There are many different models you can use to facilitate a discussion on this subject and the one that I have used for over 10 years has a grid of 21 different things that can be considered ranging from Rewards – e.g. money, perks, status to Creativity to things like suitability,structure and security to name just a few of the 21. The whole point of a discussion around motivation is so that both parties work out what makes the other person thrive. It is also helpful to realise that what motivates one person might de motivate another e.g. I am motivated by new challenges and the types of people I work with whereas my business partner is motivated by variety and fun and recognition. From a leadership perspective working what each member of your team needs to keep motivated is like a golden key. It is also useful to find out what has a demotivating effect on each individual so that if you do have choice it the type of project or tasks that you allocate out amongst the team you can match these to the right person wherever possible.
Sandra works as a coach to both business and private clients and more information can be found at http://www.sandrawebbercoaching.com she has also published a self development book called Own it http://www.own-it-book.com