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How do you motivate people?

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

 


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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.




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