There are 7 Non-Monetary Rewards that studies have consistently found motivate people the
most. These motivating principles don't cost money because they are based upon
questions communication techniques and that speak to people's most closely held
People are Motivated When They're:
1. Treated with Respect
2. Told What They're Doing Right - Demotivated Hearing Mainly Negatives
People are Motivated When:
3. There's Clear Communication of Goals
4. They Feel Their Ideas are Listened to Fairly
5. The Person Closest to the Job is Given as Much Independence as Possible to Solve
Problems Their Own Way
Intelligent People are Motivated by:
6. Learning New Things
7. Pride in Feeling They're Part of Something Bigger than Themselves
Once certain basic economic needs are met - most people value personal
satisfaction over money.
Does this ring true with you? And do you feel acute frustration in the
workplace when there's a lack of sufficient focus on these crucial motivators?
So much lost potential in any organization results from the lack of people
having the language to express criticism and feedback without hurting morale.
What is key is recognizing and having the language to deal with situations that
cross the line from appropriate control - which every business must have - to
inappropriately controlling behavior that leaves people feeling disrespected.
That feeling like "I signed on here to do a job - not work out this guy's unresolved control issues with his
Everyone at some point has worked for someone who felt like they ate you up
emotionally - cannibalized your self esteem, your happiness to feed their own
lack of it. True motivation - motivation that's intrinsic and self-starting -
is like love, creativity or any of the most powerful emotions. It is of the
human spirit and cannot be compelled. The most you can do is create the
circumstances in which it can surface.
Ask yourself the following question.
Why do you think most people's motivation is highest the first day of a new
High expectations? Wanting to make a good impression? Knowing they are wanted?
Challenge of wanting to learn new things? Stress from coping with the negatives
hasn't set in yet? The demotivators haven't begun to take their toll?
Now ask yourself in your current working environment:
What are the three biggest demotivators you feel you're facing in your worklife
Most people problems are communication problems. This is the first of several
articles that give you practical, nuts and bolts questions and communication
techniques that motivate people using the 7 Non-Monetary Rewards people value
most. They don't cost a penny because they're based on communication techniques
that are positive and proactive. They counter the demotivators everyone faces in
the workplace with questions that get at perception clarification - a truly
You can rarely pay people as much as they'd like, but you can give them more of
the 7 Non-Monetary Rewards that motivate people the most for employee
retention. The key is knowing how to motivate employees with rapport building
questions that clarify expectations, counter negativity in the workplace, and
give people the language to express criticism and feedback without hurting
Steve Penny author of Hiring The Best People has been
asked to speak on How To Motivate People at the largest human resource
conferences in the world. Video clips of the 7 Ways To Motivate People That
Don't Cost A Penny may be viewed at HiringTheBestPeople.com
Chances are you've complained that there are
"only" 24 hours in a day. Between work, your spouse, the kids, and all of your
responsibilities around the house, making the most out of those 24 hours is
crucial. If you're like most people, your productivity could use a boost.
So, how do you do it?
Follow these 5 tips. They can help you get more done without feeling like
you're running around like a chicken with your head cut off!
1. Get up earlier.
This is probably the last thing you want to hear, but being rushed in the
morning sets the tone for the entire day - and it's not a good tone. If you
currently go running out of bed and into the shower, then out the door with coffee in hand, you're
just unnecessarily stressing yourself out. By getting up an hour earlier, you
can give your brain a chance to wake up and prioritize the rest of your day -
without being rushed.
2. Never multi-task.
Some people brag about their ability to multi-task, but how focused can they
really be on six different things at once? If you really want to be productive,
focus on one task at a time. That way, you can give you full attention to it -
which increases your chances of doing it well. By focusing on one thing at a time,
you'll start to notice you actually get things done much faster.
3. Avoid "Smartphone Syndrome".
With all of those apps, social networking shortcuts, emails, and games, is it
any wonder that most people are completely fascinated by their smartphones?
However, all of the tapping, texting, and browsing you're doing is getting in
the way of the rest of your day.
If you really want to be productive, turn off your smartphone and check it on
your lunch break. Don't worry... that witty email from your buddy or that funny
comment on your Facebook wall will still be there.
4. Hire a virtual assistant.
It may sound like something a celebrity would get, but virtual assistants are
easy to find and inexpensive to have. By outsourcing menial tasks, you can
focus on the more important issues that require your personal attention.
There are plenty of VA companies out there. Or, you can head to websites like
Fiverr to find people who are willing to do easy work for low prices.
5. Give time wasters the heave-ho.
Every office has one - the guy who spends most of his day going from desk to
desk, shooting the breeze. Sure, having social interaction is a great way to
keep your sanity during the work day, but having too much of it can be a bad
thing. If you get distracted by conversations, you're never going to get your
work done - and you'll only wind up getting more stressed out.
So, what do you do? Politely tell your office time-wasters that you'd love to
catch up later - as soon as you finish your current project. If you want, you can spend your lunch hour
chit-chatting with co-workers. If you're consistently polite,
you won't have to worry about hurting anyone's feelings - and you won't have to
worry about getting distracted from your work.
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I am well aware that, of the thousands of people around
the world who receive my free Personal Development Ezine every week, many will
not be celebrating Christmas this year. Nevertheless, I have started
recommending little Christmas gifts “ that my readers can buy for
themselves... because they are worth it! This week âs recommendation was Tony
de Mello âs classic book, Awareness. Not written as a book at all it
is composed of excerpts taken from some of his acclaimed seminars Awareness is a hard-hitting book that says it like it is. As the title suggests, the book
explores just how unaware so-called normal people really are. To quote de
Mello, we sleepwalk our way through life without ever realizing that, in order
to live life to the full, all we have to do is wake up.
Some people have recently criticised me for the title of my own new book,
'Normal Crazy People', suggesting that I am in error when I juxtapose the words
normal and crazy. However, all you have to do is look around you (and possibly
take a long hard look at your own behaviour) to realize that our behaviour is
off the wall. Tony de Mello arrived at the same place that many psychologists
have done over the last seventy years. The scientific discipline of psychology
has probably never once published a research paper using the word 'crazy' but,
if you cast your eye over the key areas of research back to the 1930s, you will
inevitably come to the conclusion that normal people are, indeed, crazy. Why?
Because research from very many different psychological
perspectives - behavioural, social, neurological, cognitive and developmental -
all confirms the same conclusion: that, as adults, our minds control us, not
the other way around. And that, to my mind, is a concise definition of madness.
The normal mind does not focus on the here and now - the time and place that
you are! The normal mind's cognitive functions ensure that you pay little or no
attention to the here and now - the time and place that you've got to turn up
to to get anything worth talking about from your life. The normal mind's capabilities
that allow us to repeatedly perform routine functions mindlessly result in us
doing pretty much everything mindlessly. And, all the while, the normal
subconscious mind is indulging in its obsession with the key events of our
formative years - the conditioning that has made us who we think we are. Quite
obviously, this way of using your mind simply leads to what de Mello describes
as the 'nightmare' than the normal mind sleepwalks through.
The obvious conclusion is that, in order to get anything much out of life,
you're going to have to start taking control of your mind. You're going to have
to start managing how your mind focuses and, in the process, ensure that your
mind focuses on the key things that you need to get done to get you to where you
want to be in life.
Managing your mind is no big deal. It doesn't require that you transform your
way of thinking. All that is required is that you start to re-train your mind
to focus on the present moment - the only place and time where you can actually
do what needs to be done to the very best of your ability. And, even though
your adult mind is hard-wired to not pay attention to the here and now,
retraining your mind to do just that couldn't be simpler. Like all great
journeys, you start with the first steps - you start small. You deliberately
decide to use some of your mundane, repetitive, routine chores as a training
ground for your mind. You deliberately decide that, in doing these chores, you
will pay an extra-ordinary amount of attention to what you're doing. After all,
that's how we train ourselves to live our ordinary lives extra-ordinarily.
What am I talking about? Well, think of three or four things that you're going
to have to do today. Like eating your dinner, like shaving, brushing your teeth
or dressing yourself. The simplest way to pay an extra-ordinary amount of
attention to things as mundane as these is to do them differently. In this way
you involve more of your mind in the task in hand - you relearn how to focus.
Not just that, you experience the difference between being focused and
sleepwalking. And the moment you begin to experience this difference in small
mundane things, you begin to develop the focus that is required to be the very
best you that you can be in the bigger things that you have to do in life.
You cannot over-estimate the importance of focus and attention. Focus is the
hallmark of all extra-ordinarily successful people. Little wonder really -
because neuro-psychology tells us that your ability to be happy and successful
depends on your ability to pay attention.
Willie Horton is author of 'Normal Crazy People',
the 'radically different' self-help book and 'To Succeed... Just Let Go', his
acclaimed personal development book. He is creator of Gurdy.Net, the Personal Development
Website and works with clients like Pfizer, Allergan, ESB, G4S, Deloitte and
KPMG. He lives in the French Alps.
How much more effective are you at getting projects
finalized and your work
cleared down in the few days before you're due to go on vacation?
You know that you need to get a report handed in, make a particular phone call,
or pass certain tasks to colleagues to advance a project
BEFORE you leave; you push yourself and make sure it's all organized, knowing
you'll relax all the better on vacation knowing it's dealt with. Can you
imagine what the working world would be like if we were like that all the time?
We'd be unstoppable!
Now, for most of us, if we're honest with ourselves, we know that we're not.
Therefore, we need to understand what it was that was different in the run-up
to the vacation. You had tasks which had to be done, both for work and on a
personal level. You'd made your list, and you had the all-important deadline.
That deadline was absolute - sadly, planes do not wait because one of the passengers
is still in the office! Your goal in this case isn't the tasks on your list,
it's the perfect relaxing vacation you've been planning and saving for!
The same kind of energy exists outside of your working life
- when you're planning a party or maybe arranging a wedding anniversary
surprise. Not only do you have a clear goal, such as the look on your partner's
face or a great party where everyone has a good time, but you also have an
absolute deadline which you set when you send the invitations out!
Without these absolute deadlines, we don't reach, we just 'do'. We have our
routines and we stick rigidly to them - they control us, rather than the other way
around! A fun, exciting way to reverse this and take charge of your own routine
is to create some new goals; ones that you know you'll love achieving. What do
you really want to do before you're 40? Before you're 50? By Christmas? What
have you always fancied doing, but never gotten around to? Whether it's
learning to make the perfect soufflé, sky-diving or learning to belly-dance, we
all have goals at the back of our minds.
In order for goals to be as energizing as that pre-vacation clear-up, they have
to be clear in your own mind. I like to challenge my coaching clients to think
of a goal as a destination. If you don't have a map and don't know where you're
going, how do you know when you've arrived?
An example challenge is to decide where you're going--A weekend in Vermont or
Vegas? Once you've decided where you're going, then it's time to plan the
details. What's your budget, and how will you stick to it? Are you taking the
train, flying or driving? When are you going and who is coming with you? The
difference between the vast majority of people and those who are truly
successful can be as simple as having selected the destination. In addition,
they not only know where they're going, but they've set the date. If you don't
put that 'line in the sand' and buy the tickets, you may never get there.
Deadlines give your goals the energy you need to get them done, and they bring
them to life. The energy pulls you towards your goal, gets you excited about
reaching it and allows you to enjoy the journey you take to get there. It
becomes a positive force in your life.
There's an ancient Chinese proverb, which states that a journey of 100 miles
begins, and ends, with a single step. Journeys without a clear destination are
no fun - if you're constantly looking for where you think you ought to be
going, you don't get the chance to enjoy the view!
So, plan your destination, and give yourself a new goal. Then give it a
deadline, and feel the positive pre-vacation energy carry you there!
Marsha Egan, CPCU, PCC is CEO of The Egan Group, Inc., a
Reading, PA based professional coaching firm. She is a certified workplace
productivity coach and professional speaker, specializing in leadership
development and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.InboxDetox.com.