Archive for Diversity
“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant.
There is a fuel in us that needs to be ignited with sparks.”
Johann Gottfried Von Herder
We know that motivation exists within the team member. The leader cannot put it there. But what the team leader can do is to structure an environment that will encourage the team member to work effectively on the job. It is a lot like the old saying. “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink!” But what happens if you feed him salt? By influencing self-motivation, you can maximize both your team member’s self-esteem and performance.
To increase their effectiveness team leaders need to learn the four stages that will influence an individual team member to perform a task. Then they can create a work environment that will motivate higher performance. These four stages include:
- Determine what motivates each team member to increase his/her work efficiency;
- Build a more participative work environment that will improve performance;
- Develop an improved work environment for each team member;
- Then improve each team member’s performance.
Human beings, of necessity, depend on one another. As John Donne said some 400 years ago, “No man is an island.”
But we all know that when groups of people gather together, there is often dissension. Even in couples or small groups, simply getting along is often a problem. And that is the problem that we must address if we wish to be effective in relating positively to one another. Because we also know that cooperation leads to greater productivity, while dissension often gives the opposite result!
Most of us grew up with the Golden Rule; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” A great message, but taken literally, it simply does not work! How I would like to be treated is not necessarily the way you would like to be treated! We are all different – with different patterns of behavior and different perceptions of what appeals to us, and how we want to be treated. Read More→