I remember sitting behind Nelson Mandela in a Lion King concert – and feeling the magnetism to this great person. When he stood up, the whole audience leapt to their feet and made a human tunnel for him to walk through as he left the theatre.
What was it about this man that motivated millions to walk from violence, and make a choice for peace and a democratic future? To change – forgive, let go of the past, adapt and envision a something better.
Much is written about Motivation. The word has its origins in the Latin word ‘movere’ which means to MOVE. To get going and keep moving forward because you want to!
“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
I always think of my executive coaching as a barometer for economic sentiment – and if what I’m hearing is accurately reading the pressure at the moment, people are experiencing the force of significant headwinds. Pressure from lower share prices, increasing pace of change, employee burnout, staff challenges, uncertainty on steroids!
What if the antidote could be a large dose of Motivation?
As Brene Brown so famously says, it’s about the “Reckoning, the Rumble and the Rising Strong”! It’s about what it takes to be brave enough (often enough) and to get back up when we fall.
So if you’re reading this and wondering what you can possibly and practically DO NOW to motivate yourself and others to ‘rise strong’ – I’m going to share what I’ve seen work:
- Find your top 2 values and live into those values every day
Mine are Integrity(choosing to do something courageous each day – and step out of my comfort zone), Kindness(finding an opportunity to do one random act of kindness each day)
Make sure everyone understands the top 2 Corporate values and lives into them daily
- Use every opportunity to shift from Knowing it All to a Learning it All
Be curious, open to new experiences and keep a wide perspective. People feel motivated by you when you give them the chance to do their own thinking around challenges
Ask many more questions than provide solutions (both for yourself and with your teams)
- Search for 3 options in every challenge
Choice is the greatest motivator. People don’t like being micromanaged ~ so it’s time to let go and create the emotional safety for both ourselves and our people to just have a go!
- Connect as often as you can
All it takes is 15 minutes each day to check in and show that you care
EOFY is around the corner – and a great time to motivate your teams for a brave second half of 2019! Imagine bringing out the ‘Mandela factor’ and what a difference that could make to your teams.