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Motivation. Does it work?
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What motivation strategies do you use in your projects? Do they work? Which one works best? Are the fruits of the efforts and cost to motivate almost always worth it?
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Motivation is a challenge for me because I am working with virtual teams distributed around the globe and belonging to different cultures. What works for me is a mix between Masslow, Servant Leadership, SPIN Selling but mainly to show people that we will be more happy with the solution that we are creating then without it, at least more happy at work life level.
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1 reply by Joseph Pangan
Apr 10, 2019 8:23 PM
Joseph Pangan
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... but mainly to show people that we will be more happy with the solution that we are creating than without it, at least more happy at work life level.

- Thanks Sergio. :)
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Joseph -

As leaders, we want to inspire our stakeholders, but true motivation comes from within. PMs have significant ability to use all three of Daniel Pink's three levers from Drive (Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery) to unleash that intrinsic motivation.

Kiron
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2 replies by Joseph Pangan and Yenny Peguero Jimenez
Apr 10, 2019 8:45 AM
Yenny Peguero Jimenez
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Hello Kiron, your comment reminds me of a phrase from Mahatma Gandhi: "True happiness does not come from outside, it comes from within"
Apr 10, 2019 8:16 PM
Joseph Pangan
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True. I agree. Thanks Kiron!
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Making and keeping people happy is key. Team building activities I believe make a huge difference. I found that monthly team breakfasts/ lunches work well.
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1 reply by Joseph Pangan
Apr 10, 2019 8:28 PM
Joseph Pangan
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- Making and keeping people happy is key.

Thanks Steve.
Team building and lunches surely works. Is this sustainable though? Is the effort and cost worth it?
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Apr 10, 2019 7:50 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Joseph -

As leaders, we want to inspire our stakeholders, but true motivation comes from within. PMs have significant ability to use all three of Daniel Pink's three levers from Drive (Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery) to unleash that intrinsic motivation.

Kiron
Hello Kiron, your comment reminds me of a phrase from Mahatma Gandhi: "True happiness does not come from outside, it comes from within"
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Motivation works, it is mandatory.
I do it by trying to provide a worthwhile vision and a safe team. Safe means trust, no bullying at all, caring for each other (empathy required).

1. select the right mix of people, consider high (cognitive) diversity, e.g. by applying the 7 personality temperaments by HUMM. Hire for attitude and values before skills.

2. have a team kickoff, before the project kickoff, to establish a team culture (team charter, joint values & beliefs, rituals, signs, ...). It should speed up the forming, storming, norming phases. And yes, probably it is not the same as your company's culture.

3. make sure respect is a value and listening a virtue to support it
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1 reply by Joseph Pangan
Apr 10, 2019 8:30 PM
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Motivation works, it is mandatory.

Awesome feedback. Thanks Thomas.
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I think the best way to motivate a team is to truly be a good leader: proactively take care of the team's needs, defend the team against exterior assaults (such as upper management's irrational demands), keep your promises to the team (they remember them all, especially the promises a leader breaks), and so on. Inspiring words and heroic efforts have their place when it comes to motivating a team, but in my experience teams are most motivated when they can rest assured their leader is taking care of their needs.
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Apr 10, 2019 8:32 PM
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I think the best way to motivate a team is to truly be a good leader.

I couldn't agree more. Effective and free of cost. Thanks Eric.
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Joseph,

Motivation comes from within each individual. As Leader, you need to stimulate it. Positive actions like previously suggested are the best way. Respect people intelligence, honesty, transparency with them is a key part of it.
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1 reply by Joseph Pangan
Apr 10, 2019 8:33 PM
Joseph Pangan
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Respect people intelligence, honesty, transparency with them is a key part of it.

True! Awesome feedback Vincent. Thank you! :)
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Apr 10, 2019 7:50 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Joseph -

As leaders, we want to inspire our stakeholders, but true motivation comes from within. PMs have significant ability to use all three of Daniel Pink's three levers from Drive (Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery) to unleash that intrinsic motivation.

Kiron
True. I agree. Thanks Kiron!
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Apr 10, 2019 5:36 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Motivation is a challenge for me because I am working with virtual teams distributed around the globe and belonging to different cultures. What works for me is a mix between Masslow, Servant Leadership, SPIN Selling but mainly to show people that we will be more happy with the solution that we are creating then without it, at least more happy at work life level.
... but mainly to show people that we will be more happy with the solution that we are creating than without it, at least more happy at work life level.

- Thanks Sergio. :)
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Apr 10, 2019 8:41 AM
Replying to Steve Ratkaj
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Making and keeping people happy is key. Team building activities I believe make a huge difference. I found that monthly team breakfasts/ lunches work well.
- Making and keeping people happy is key.

Thanks Steve.
Team building and lunches surely works. Is this sustainable though? Is the effort and cost worth it?
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