How to visualise a purpose? How to share a vision? How to tell your story? Often, organisations have a vision and a mission statement (for their organisation, product, team), but words don’t convey the message. What you should do is show, don’t tell!
Create an exposition of the work you’re doing (in your team, in your department, or even individually). When you can create an excellent exposition about your work, you have likely found and visualised your purpose (Management 3.0 Work Expo).
Why do we do the things we do? What motivates a person, what drives a team? What’s holding a team back? Mgt 3.0 has defined ten intrinsic motivators (desires) – in the “moving motivators” exercise. You can discover and reflect upon what motivates you and your team.
More about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, ten intrinsic motivators, and moving motivators game.
“Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. If you evaluate objectively what you’re doing – over and over again – and you’re not satisfied with the output – why would you keep repeating it? Humans are creatures of habit and routine. If you’d like to change something in your routine, you should focus on small and incremental changes. How does this work in groups of people? At home… , at work? We would like to improve our behavior and practices, but the daily routine often prevents us.
Are you all professional at work? No chit chat, no small talk, not sharing personal stuff? Well, you’re not the only one. In most projects and environments I’ve worked, there’s not much sharing of personal things, and the most “coffee talk” I hear is about work-related topics. Then again, I asked how my colleague’s weekend was, and if anything special happened?
Frankly, do you know your colleagues, your teammates?
Receiving a thank you is great, but showing appreciation to colleagues, friends, family for something they’ve done for you is even more satisfying! In a professional context, showing gratitude is happening too little for different reasons: it’s uncommon (regarded as not done, it’s not part of the culture, etc.). Although said and proven in research, showing gratitude is a tremendous intrinsic incentive: this is essential to keep your employees motivated! Organizations should be as aware of intrinsic motivators as extrinsic motivators.
Het is niet alleen leuk om een bedankje te krijgen, het is ook fijn om een bedankje te geven. In een professionele context gebeurt dat vaak te weinig – omwille van verschillende redenen… (de cultuur laat het niet toe, het is niet gebruikelijk, etc.).
Nochtans… medewerkers die geapprecieerd worden zijn dubbel zo gemotiveerd! Organisaties en teams moeten evenveel inzetten op intrinsieke motivatie en niet louter extrinsieke motivatie.