8 sure fire ways to find out what motivates your people

One of the key questions of our time is; how do we motivate our people? 

With greater recognition of the need to engage, inspire and motivate the modern day workforce, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of methodologies and theories. I like to keep it simple; below are 8 sure fire ways to find out: 

  1. Ask them 
  2. Ask them 
  3. Ask them 
  4. Ask them 
  5. Ask them 
  6. Ask them 
  7. Ask them 
  8. Ask them 

Yes I’m afraid you read it right; ask them. 

I could have written a blog outlining X, Y and Z theory, quoted the motivational theory of Maslow, Herzberg or Sinek but the truth is that they’ll only get you so close – the ball park. 

The reality is that there is an ‘I’ in team and it stands for individual and the need to identify, communicate to and meet individual motivations. The most effective way to do this is to ask your people. 

What thoughts are going through your mind? 

You might be thinking:

I can’t just ask them…

  • Qn: What would stop you? 

They wouldn’t tell me 

  • Qn: What would need to change in order for them to? 

That’ll never work 

  • Qn: What if it did? 

How do I ask that question 

  • Qn: How would you like to be asked? 

Simplicity and complications… 

It’s natural to be sceptical of simplicity, indeed Confucius
the Chinese teacher and philosopher once said “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” and we do. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

If you’d like to work on taking this forward… 

If you or your people would like more answers or are unsure of how to take this forward; drop me a note or a call, I’d love to speak with you.

  • Twitter: @stefanpowell 
  • E-mail: stefan@yourleadershipcounsel.co.uk 
  • Phone +44 (0) 7736942382 

Who am I? Stefan Powell… 

I am yourleadershipcounsel, a father, husband, part time rock star and passionately bonkers about helping leaders get the most from themselves and their people. 

What my clients have said…

“They say you should surround yourself with positive people. If I could choose just one person it would very easy, it would be Stefan. I needed Stefan to help me to be more effective and drive the results. I cant praise and thank him enough for inspiring and motivating me. Whether you are an individual or a group Stefan is someone I would recommend to everyone.” Karen Sampford – Agent – NFU Mutual 

Read more testimonials here: Testimonials


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