Thursday, November 3, 2011

A trick for motivating people

If you're task is to motivate people - you may be surprised that you will fail very often. Invert your thinking.  Figure out, how do you not demotivate people?  It is easier to not demotivate people than to motivate them.  Here are a few ideas from Jim Collins, author of Good to Great.

  • Don't first sell people on a vision.  Confront the reality (the facts).
  • Don't decide first and then appear to discuss.  Have a true dialogue, then decide.
  • Don't make progress toward the goal invisible.  Show progress, make it obvious.

Related posts:
my notes on Dan Pink's book Drive!
see Sinek TED Talk video in Be or Be Not; there is no Do in Agile

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