Today what I want to talk with you about is leadership, inspiration and motivation. While leadership is really important, and we want to be inspiring our teams, we can’t motivate them!

What did you say?

I said: we can’t motivate our teams. Motivation is self-generated.

What we can do is create an environment in which motivation can happen. So, what does that look like?

People want three things, according to Daniel Pink, autonomy, mastery, and purpose. When they come into our businesses and they align with our culture, align with what we’re up to, and we create something bigger than the business of the day in and day out, whether we’re aligning with something like B1G1, business for good, or we’re involved in some kind of giving back in the world, people align with a purpose.

And, many of the millennials are now asking my clients, you know, what do you do to be socially responsible.

But I want to talk about autonomy. They say it’s something new, but it isn’t really anything new. Think about the times when you react to something someone tells you to do with, I don’t want to and you can’t make me. Consciously or not, it’s present for all of us.

I know when I was back working in the emergency department, I worked the night shift and I worked the E.R. because I had autonomy, and that was 20 years ago!

It’s important to everyone for people to have the choice to work on the things that they want to work on. So that’s one area that you can actually use in the business to help people to have that experience of autonomy.

Also when they’re working to a natural talent or strength, when they’re in their flow, autonomy is a natural self-expression.

And then mastery. How can you as a business owner create levels? Whether it’s training and development that happens in-house, like they do at FrameWork’s, where one of them master techs is teaching the younger ones different skills so that they can become better at what they do. Or, it’s sending them to a course of that they can get better at a SEO. Or, whatever it is that they’re able to create mastery.

How are you going to keep your team in this day and age, when it’s an employee marketplace?

You’re going to provide these three things:

  • a great purpose;
  • you’re going to give them opportunities to develop mastery;
  • and create autonomy in them being able to do the things that they love to do.

That’s it for today. What I would love is for you to comment where you’ve actually implemented this and seen it work or where you’ve had challenges and I love to support you with that.

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With 14 years of experience in working with small and medium sized businesses to help them grow, Doug is committed to seeing business owners thrive. Business coaching is what drives Doug.

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