Motivating individuals as a Manager is ‘part art and part science’.
The art part are the psychological factors around relationships and buy-in from a team member. Motivation here is more freestyling in empowering individuals through autonomy, mastery and purpose discussed previously in my blog Are you a Type X or Type Y Manager and why it matters?
The science part is the framework within the team member and Manager work throughout the project. This is more structured and includes objectives, scope, timelines and deliverables. Motivation here is influenced by concise outcomes, not on how to achieve but on what and when we do it.
In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom faces the dreary task of whitewashing his Aunt’s fence. Bored with the thought of ‘work’ he promotes the opportunity as ‘play’ to his friends managing to enlist a willing workforce to replace him.
The key motivational principle that Twain highlights here is that work is behaviour we are obliged to do, whereas play is behaviour one chooses to do.
Read on to learn how to implement “The Sawyer Effect”…
I was talking to my great friend Mark about how I had started a little experiment where I introduced micro-bursts of exercise whenever I could throughout the day. Just taking the opportunity to walk and move.
Mark turned casually and stated – “I call that incidental exercise”.
We then went on to speak about a small actions can address a major modern problem.
Are you an individual who generally assumes the positive intent in people, situations or opportunities?
Or are you more skewed towards distrust and believing a negative intent is at play?
A positive or negative mindset are not your only options though are they? Today we explore either end of the spectrum and the middle ground that allows us to be our best selves while not getting burnt in our business dealings
Anxiety, life and business challenges are omnipresent. Particularly as life becomes more challenging with children, ageing parents, debt, managing our personal health and the myriad of issues facing a business owner.
Anxiety doesn’t spare anyone.
No-one is immune.
But it works out that things are rarely as bad as they seem or as good as they seem.