No More Carrot and Stick

by Lynn Scott, Featured Contributor

A QUESTION I am often asked is: ‘How do I motivate my team?’ To which my answer is:

Ask them!

carrot and stickIt’s rarely just about the money.Christine Comaford in her book, SmartTribes:  How Teams Become Brilliant Together, talks about the importance of giving employees a sense of the three things they deeply crave:

  • Safety
  • Belonging
  • Mattering

She says that ‘Safety + Belonging + Mattering = Trust’

Many of you will be familiar with Daniel Pink’s work on this subject.  He talks about  motivating and engaging people at work through:

  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose

If you haven’t seen the great Dan Pink RSA Animate on this, I really recommend you take a look (it’s just over 10 minutes’ long)

As a leader, there are some things you can do to inspire your people to do their best work. You can create the right environment.

But the rest has to come from them.

So don’t let whingers, ‘victims’ and other ‘energy vampires’ off the hook by blaming their lack of motivation on everybody or everything else but themselves. They are responsible for their own lives too!

Lynn Scott
Lynn Scotthttp://www.lynnscottcoaching.co.uk/
LYNN Scott writes pragmatic, actionable, no BS tips for busy leaders. Leadership doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s not about fads, theories, models and ‘inspirational quotes.’ It’s about knowing yourself and others at a deeper level; focusing on the right things; taking one step at a time and having a really clear purpose that ignites the fire in others. Plus, of course having the best possible team in place. (Ditch those energy vampires now). Lynn is an Executive Coach working with high achieving, committed men and women and their teams who are ready for their next level of success. She particularly loves seeing technical experts become focused, confident, pro-active leaders. She previously built and led global teams for a UK PLC and learned as much from her leadership mistakes as her successes. She’s a Brit based in the South of France with husband Brian and Border Collie Poppy.

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