Let’s face it, getting “all” your people on the same page and moving forward at the same time can be challenging. Understanding what each person wants and what they like and how they want to be motivated is nearly impossible.
Each person within an organization is different. You can say what you want about company culture, but each individual within that organization has a different set of beliefs, behaviors, and motivators. Getting a hold of all of those can be challenging – I know it can be, I have been doing it for the last 20 years.
Knowing that every person is different, I have seen many similarities between people. Similarities on how they are motivated. Some like Money. Some like Time Off. Some like Recognition or Titles. Others want tangible things like, bonuses, cool gadgets, days at the spa, tickets to the big game. The challenge comes in when you try to motivate a group with something, say cash, and half the people in the group are motivated by something else, like the tickets to the game. What if half the groups really dislikes sports? Now you are only motivating half the group – no what?
Here are some things you can do to capture almost everyone:
- Ask. Ask the group what they want. Typically your group will discuss and come to a collective agreement on what is important to them. I see so many leaders just slapping down a promotion which they feel is “huge” only to be punched in the face with failure. Ask your team and let them decide – it works, this is what I do.
- Assign or hire a coach for each person. If your team is small enough to where this is cost effective, then this is a great route to go. Placing personal accountability to each person can make a tremendous difference in the output of your people especially if the coach is a match and wanted by your team members.
- Take a genuine personal interest in each team member. If you have the time and the empathy level to do this – then it can be the most impactful of the three. However, it can also be the most damaging if you don’t follow through. Time wise this is a hog. And you must be good at remembering (or at least writing things down) important points in your sessions to recall them throughout the future sessions. This is my job that I do everyday, and even I find it difficult at times.
Of all the people we have placed or taken from organizations, I have found that motivation is a key contributor to people making moves. People want to be motivated or feel inspired when they work. If motivation is not there, your people won’t be either. Take the time to do it right – make the necessary investment it will pay you back 10x. If you don’t have the time, then reach out to me to start a conversation to see if coaching makes sense.