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In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper sit down with Eric Geiger to talk about the most and least effective ways to motivate a team of people. Over the decades organizations and leaders have leaned on different methods and means to do this, but what works best now and what has the greatest long term impact on employees both positively and negatively? We ask the following questions.
- How have leaders traditionally motivated employees?
- How effective are these methods for the workforce as a whole – both younger and older employees
- How can a leader determine how to effectively motivate individual employees?
- What motivates you personally?
- What is the difference between motivating and manipulating?
- What kinds of motivation have the most significant long term impact on a team?
“Great leaders have always motivated followers with intrinsic motivations.”
“Extrinsic motivations are working less and less today.”
“It’s all about buy-in when it comes to intrinsic motivation.”
“When you motivate with a ‘carrot’ you’re treating people like animals.”
“Do you motivate with what or do you motivate with why?”
“Are team members finding motivation in themselves or in the organization?”
“The younger generation wants to be fulfilled by their work.”
“If someone just wants a job you are going to have to constantly motivate them.”
“Know your team members’ appreciation language.”
“Is your intention to get more work out of someone or to develop them as a person?”
“Motivation cares about the work and the person. Manipulation only cares about the work.”
“The actions of manipulation and motivation can be exactly the same for entirely different reasons.”
“You need to have the right motive behind your motivation.”
“Good development and feedback has the most long term effect.”
“If you’re just trying to get more work of a team member you’re burning them out and devaluing them.”
5 Languages of Appreciation In the Workplace by Gary Chapman & Paul White