You‚Äôre excited about the opportunities on the horizon. Time to focus and mobilize your people, then let them loose!
So best not to screw things up. Which is why for the rest of the month I‚Äôll cover the three laws of motivation.
Law #1: You don‚Äôt cause motivation
Your people aren‚Äôt machines who wait passively for someone to push the right buttons and ‚Äì voil√†! ‚Äì now they‚Äôre motivated. They have their own motives, their own wants and needs. Motivation isn‚Äôt something done to employees. It‚Äôs something you help unleash and channel.
Motivation is what results when you have the right people in the right environment. If you don‚Äôt have the right people you can be the best manager in the world and they won‚Äôt be motivated. And if you don‚Äôt create the right environment then even the best people will feel frustrated.
Don‚Äôt focus on motivating people. Focus on creating the right environment so the right people will be motivated. Convey a sense of purpose that is meaningful to them. Make sure they‚Äôre equipped to succeed. Provide coaching and support. Ensure they feel valued.
Poor managers are quick to attribute failure to having the wrong people. Strong managers take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask, ‚ÄúWhat can I do to create a better environment?‚Äù