Motivation Is An Inside Job

Motivating yourself and your team is a huge part of managing. Often, organizations offer uniform rewards, incentives or money as motivators for a job well done. That works some of the time. But the key factor here is that sustained motivation comes from within.

How does that affect your role as a manager? One thing it does is to cause you to look at your and your team’s intrinsic motivations. What motivates you? Do you know what motivates your team members?

It is worth the effort to find ways to motivate each team member individually and to know what drives your and their performance. There is no reason for organizations to look at incentives as “one size fits all”. Motivation is an inside job and the best and most productive organizations know this.

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