International Motivational Speaker Simerjeet' Singh's Blog

What motivates creative professionals to do their best at work?

Seth Godin in his latest thought provoking and inspiring book“Linchpin – Are you Indispensable?” (highly recommended reading btw) quotes Author Richard Florida who polled 20,000 Creative Professionals to answer one question

What motivates you to do your best at work?

He  gave them a choice of 38 factors, here are the top 10, ranked in order :

1) Challenge and Responsibility (Not surprising, is it?)

2) Flexibility

3) A stable work environment

4) Money  

5) Professional Development

6) Peer Recognition

7) Stimulating Colleagues and Bosses

8) Exciting Job Content

9) Organizational Culture

10) Location and Community

It’s interesting to note that Money ranks only at number 4 on the list. Isn’t it ironic that to increase motivation and employee engagement, the usual approach is to offer monetary incentives or other means that involve financial expenditure.

The truth is that the implementation of many factors on this list does not require any financial approval or a budgetary increase! All we need to get the best out of our team is a strong desire from the Leaders to treat their people as individuals rather than dispensable and replaceable cogs.

Show your people that you care about them, that  you want to develop them, that you trust them and that you want them to achieve their highest potential and see the magic happen!

I think it would be helpful for every leader to do an honest self assessment on the list above and find out where they currently stand and then create an action plan to plug the gaps.

Would like to share any best practices in your organization? Do the factors listed above make sense to you from your organizational viewpoint? Please share your views in the follow up comments.

2 comments

  1. For so many people the real personal and professional performance obstical is clinically signifcant procrastination. It needs to be managed first.

    I’ve discovered that overcoming procrastination and thus thinking more positively and being considered more reliable by others, is really a simple process of transferring motivation from the things we love to do and do often, over to the things we don’t like doing and that we avoid often. With some basic time-boxing and motivational re-harnessing, you can literally start to enjoy your high procrastination task as much as one of your daily favorite activities.

    To many mangers and motivation coaches leave out the motivational component because they don’t understand it. That’s because the best way to overcome procrastination or under-performance is as simple as it is counterintuitive. You have to do it to see it work, and it gets faster and easier each time you apply it.

    From a behavioral perspective, it’s all about positively reinforcing manageable approximations to realistic high-procrastination tasks (performance goals). Overcoming procrastination involves the same motivational processes that underlie the evidence-based treatment of clinical depression and the cure for autism. Talk about leveraging the brains rewiring ability!

    It’s also the basis of effective performance management systems in the best organizations. But usually they do it but can’t explain it. The evidence-base says behavior/environment change is far more important than cognitive/thought change. The capacities for sustained positive self-talk and work-performance thrive in positive-reinforcement rich environments (see activation therapy, and meta-analytic component analysis for depression treatment analysis for depression treatment).

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