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Motivating Skills

Smart managers are able to motivate not only their employees but also themselves to accomplish their goals. The secret to motivating people is to find out what's important to them. Many people mistakenly think that money is the driving force behind what motivates people at work. But it's not. While it is high up on the list, most people rank other factors at the top. Being appreciated and being treated with respect are two of the most powerful motivators in the world.

Think about yourself: when you feel good because the company appreciates the job you're doing, and because you are always treated with respect, don't you want to continue doing a good job? Of course you do. So when it comes time to motivate your team to accomplish some new goals, put yourself in their place, and treat them accordingly.

What steps can you take to motivate your employees?
Here's a simple recap:

  1. If you are dealing with an employee who seems a bit bored, restless, or unmotivated, try to get to the bottom of it. Talk to the employee, and ask him or her what's going on. Be careful to avoid seeming condescending or even annoyed.

  2. While you may be frustrated at a seemingly uninspired employee who is doing a mediocre job, try not to show it. No one does well under pressure, especially pressure that is associated with disappointment. Be sympathetic and understanding. People tend to be more receptive when they feel they are being heard. Let your employee know that you are there to help, and that you're both on the same team.

  3. Maybe the problem is that your employee does not have enough direction. Try to set a plan to resolve his or her issues. Create guidelines, and ensure that there is always forward motion. Be creative; allow for new, fresh ideas, and, as a boss, always make your supportive presence known.

  4. If your goal is to motivate an entire team, set realistic goals for the team to accomplish, create guidelines, and set deadlines. In order to have a motivated group, you must show excitement yourself. You should also let everyone know you have full faith in them. Check their work regularly, and let them know you are on top of their progress. You might also consider implementing an incentives plan, through which a successful team might get a paid day off or a team party. Pulling people together, utilizing all their strengths, and showing how much you appreciate their efforts will surely yield great results.

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