Striving for excellence motivating staff and teams
Striving for Excellence:
Motivating Staff and Teams
Staff and teams value recognition, but
not necessarily in the form of money.
Money is something that satisfies. It pays
the bills. It brings staff to work each day
for that purpose.
Staff gets the job done and then goes
home where they live their real lives.
Teams carry out their tasks. Motivators
are so much more. They are what have
staff smiling and striving for
excellence every day.
Motivators are the factors that get
ordinary people to feel extraordinary
from within. A leader who can do that is
So what are these factors called
motivators? They are how leaders
behave toward followers, how they
provide structure and support yet open
up the workplace to greater things.
They are the freedoms that leaders offer
followers to be the best they can be.
They are the keys that unlock the
potential within people to strive for
excellence, to step out of the expected
mold and into a world where exploration
is fun, creativity is encouraged,
empowerment and autonomy is the
name of the game every day.
They are the principles of the
organization that value and respect
people and believe in their potential to be
They are the factors that allow the talent
that is within staff and teams to
emerge, evolve and motivate them to
greater things. They are unique to each
person or team.
All well and good; but, when the rubber
hits the road, how do you motivate
staff and teams? As a leader you will be
challenged with many personalities
among your staff and within your
Some of them will exude enthusiasm.
These are the staff and teams that are
motivated from within on a daily basis.
Others will require direction and, most
importantly, permission to be great.
There are some factors that you can put
in place to assist staff and teams to
strive for excellence…to do their best.
However, motivation comes from
within. All you can do is make the offer
with what they think works.
Staff and teams are often asked to
complete an assessment of what
motivates them. The literature is rife with
that feedback. However, often their
suggestions are not acted upon so
nothing changes, which in itself is a
powerful de-motivator. Here is whatthey
say about factors that motivate:
Having the freedom to think outside the
box in my day-to-day role with my
Having a workplace where I can have fun
and not punch a time-clock
Having a flexible time schedule so I can
respond to family needs in a timely
Working from home one day a week
without suspicion of what I am doing
with my time
Receiving kudos and thanks when I
produce something extraordinary
Professional development or educational
opportunities which are self-selected and
Being challenged at work with something
Start your plan to assist staff and
teams to strive for excellence. Ask
them three questions: What are the
motivators you have now? What would
you like to have here? How can we make
that happen now?
You will be surprised with what you learn
and the staff and teams will become
motivated and strive for excellence
just knowing that you care.
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