Motivation in the workforce is a big deal. Low motivation equals low productivity and poor engagement, costing companies and countries billions every year. So how does leadership respond to this and motivate their employees for top performance?
Motivation is multifaceted and for this purpose, I will keep it simple in explanation and execution. I hope the following will be meaningful and practical for you, giving you tools that you can apply immediately.
- Meaning equals motivation. The higher the level of meaning for the person the high the level of motivation and performance.
- Meaning is personal. What is meaningful to one person is not to another. To help the individual find their own powerful meanings is key.
- We are all meaning makers and experts too. Are you making high-quality meanings in your life or low meanings? Do you know when to do what?
- There is no meaning out there, only the meaning we give things.You are responsible for what meanings you assign to situations, circumstances, and people.
- Meaning relieves suffering. We can’t avoid it but we can choose how to cope with it. The key is to find the meaning in it and let go.
- Meaning changes lives. Finding new meanings can completely change the way you experience something. E.g. Next time you are afraid of tackling something, ask yourself the following question. If I knew I couldn’t fail what would I do?
“The primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful.” – Victor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning.”
Here are some tools that you can use to make your life more meaningful. Use them consistently to maximise happiness and fulfilment in your endeavours.
Your Why Power drives your Will Power. This is the question to ask which will help you or others find more meaning inside. Why do you work for this company? Listen to their answer and then ask again…Why is that important? What does that mean? keep going until they light up with meaning.
Our values (what is important to us) drive our behaviour. Elicit your values in Life or your Career or any context by asking “What is important to you in your Life?” Keep asking the question until you have a good list. Find the ones that are most important to you, write out why they are so important.
Our programs are our most powerful motivations. They are our deepest unconscious meanings that exist out of our conscious awareness. To discover them the Fingerprint for Success assessment is an online platform which brings to your awareness your programming in the context of your career. Measuring 48 motivations you can see what motivates you and demotivates you in your career and even make adjustments with support. The effect is greater energy, happiness and performance in your role.
By becoming an expert at motivation, you not only can create great fulfilment for yourself in your life but also for others too. This is a leader’s primary purpose, first being a role model and secondly by facilitating a paradigm shift in every person improving their meanings, happiness, productivity and ultimately their lives.
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