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How do you motivate people?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 12 August 2008



How do you motivate people?
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 98
Posted DateTuesday 12 August 2008 20:13 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
CategoriesMeasures, Targets and Rewards; Motivation

I had a conversation recently when I was in Indonesia - I don't recall whom it was with but the subject turned to motivation and the person I was talking to started to talk about the need for rewards and charismatic leaders and the like but I did not agree and when I got back to my hotel room - I listed some of the things that I think motivate people - they certainly motivate me!
  • listen to them
  • show them respect
  • help them find their voice
  • have conversations with them
  • show genuine interest
  • give them help and support
  • engage with them
  • trust them
  • give them responsibility
  • give them recognition
  • give them opportunities for self fulfilment and personal development
  • don't try to tell them what to do
Now the crunch: you don't deliberately do these things to motivate people - that's not motivation - that's manipulation. You do them because you genuinely care in their development. Its more akin to the love you might show for a son or daughter than anything else.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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