If you can motivate a person, amazing things can happen.
You see it everywhere. People can pick up cars to save someone they love. Not just anyone – but motivated people. People will cut off their own arm to survive. A person motivated to survive will do amazing things. These are extreme examples, but it speaks clearly to my point.
Motivated people can do amazing things.
Assuming there are not a lot of personal life and death situations in the average office, people can still be motivated to perform great tasks. But they aren’t motivated in the way you probably try most frequently (hint, it isn’t cash).
In fact, different people are motivated in different ways! (I know, it is shocking).
There may be someone on your team who is motivated by cash, but Inc. shares how to motivate 10 different types of people to reach their full potential.
See especially #4 – “Innovative employees must buy into a cause. To them, the big picture matters more than the individual who is leading the charge. They prefer to be rewarded with something unconventional and imaginative, and would find a whimsical token of your esteem very meaningful.”
What ways do you try to motivate your team? What works? What does not work?