There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to motivating team members. But there are six key factors you need to take into account if you want your efforts to have an impact.
1. Make It Personal
A cookie-cutter approach to rewarding or motivating your team will not work. Every one of your team members has different dreams, goals and reasons for coming to work. For some, a hand-written note from the CEO will mean the world, for others, only cash will do. Get to know your team. Find out what makes them tick. What hobbies do they have? What does their family need? What can you get for them that they would love but can’t get themselves?
I've never really heard many people sound excited or passionate about being more effective. Even the image of an efficiency expert seems kind of nerdy—certainly not sexy.
But in actuality, improving our performance, increasing our efficiency and getting more done in less time is crucial to our success.
My mother often said to me that I was lucky.
She pointed to my lovely wife, our six healthy children, our beautiful home and our success in business as proof of just how lucky I am.
In the last few years of her life, I challenged her once in a while by saying I considered myself more “fortunate” than lucky.