How many of you use self motivation to counteract your management’s demotivation strategies?
Your management is pushing you to produce more, sell more, decrease non-billable time, increase on-the-job safety, you name it.
Management is demotivating you to chase and hit the target, usually a number. Then they hit the Reset button and ask you to do it all over again, next quarter.
OK, you bought into management’s demotivating motivational tactics when you were a newbie. Then you gained experience and perspective.
You became skeptical.
How do you take the motivation strategies of management seriously, it their perception of what the bar should be is constantly raised?
It’s like management is playing you. It’s all about hitting their target, making their number. You know there is more to you than that.
Lynn Hidy sat down with Tim Ohai and myself to ponder “How do you stay motivated and keep your team motivated?” It’s not the can of worms you think it is. Listen to our entire high-spirited and mindful conversation below.
You have come up with your own self motivation strategy, haven’t you?
Your self motivation has an element of doing your best work not only to fulfill some corporate idea of how you should be performing. Doing your best work has an altruistic element as well. By doing your best work, you are contributing to economic recovery, growth and societal well-being.
You are leading, not chasing.
Your self motivation strategy was born when you observed that your management’s demotivation tactics did not include one altruistic element in them. You decided that’s their problem, not yours.
Your self motivation strategy grew when you overcame your fear of actually meeting your management’s KPI’s. You had been terrified about how their expectations would change once you moved yourself into the top 40%, let alone top 20% let alone top 5% of performers.
Your self motivation strategy was fueled when you stopped perceiving yourself as a “performer.”
You aren’t here to entertain anyone. You aren’t a one-dimensional team entity. You started to perceive yourself as a Person of Worth whose mission was to create value for those folks with whom she is engaged.
Your self motivation strategy sets its own bar. You strive for continuous personal and professional improvement. Your goals as a Person of Worth exceed any goals that any manager could ever set for you.
Your self motivation strategy is holistic. Your strategy combines knowledge, perception, behavior, attitude, habits, mindset and philosophy.
Your self motivation strategy is how you cut through all the B.S. and focus on what really matters.
You have taken the time to take a very good look at yourself. You have taken the time to get to know about yourself.
Self motivation trumps demotivation any day of the week. Self motivation emphasizes possibilities and creates a strategy for execution and achievement.
Do you have a self motivation strategy? Is it time to get started?
Babette N. Ten Haken is a management strategist and team-building leadership coach. She helps teams, startups and businesses who wrestle with unpredictable revenue streams. Her Workshops and Playbooks create more productive and profitable teams in healthier organizations. Her Playbook on leadership and business strategies, including tools, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com.