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Leaders – How to Get Your Team’s Motivation to Go Viral!

August 8th, 2011 10 comments

There are different types of teams in the world.  Each team is lead by a leader.  Some teams are wildly successful.  Everything they touch turns to gold.  While other teams seem to wallow in mediocrity, never rising above the norm.

What makes teams so different?  One difference is the level of motivation.  The successful team appears to be brimming with motivation.  Get out of their way, because they are steaming towards their goal!  While the other team seems to be only going through the motions.

I’ve heard it said that motivation comes from within.  This is true.  The sign of a great leader is one who will find this motivation lurking inside each individual and pull it out of them with gusto.

I’ve had leaders ask, “how can I reach this motivation.  I’ve tried contests and money rewards and I can’t seem to get them motivated.”  Contest and money doesn’t work for everyone or every situation.  Some occupations work better with these kinds of rewards.  Some personalities respond better to competition and fiscal rewards.   If you have competitive action personalities on your team, they are more likely to work for those kinds of incentives.

The more creative the project, the less likely contest and rewards will work.  For these creative projects, we need to roll up our sleeves and use a completely different approach.

Get your team actively involved in the crusade

The most successful people in business and life are those with a cause.  Something they can believe in and commit to.  People will work harder for a crusade or cause then they will for money.  The great leaders have discovered their own crusade and how it’s going to make people’s lives better.  It could be righting a wrong, or they’re working to make the world a better place.

A great leader figures out the crusade and then gets their team’s emotions involved with this crusade every day.  Great leaders understand that people respond to directing their own lives.  These leaders, also, recognize and respond to their team’s individual initiatives in moving the crusade forward.  Everyone wants to be a part of changing the world.  People will work harder to be a part of history.

Leaders must be in touch with their own dreams and goals.

The leader should recognize each member of the team’s strengths and how these strengths can fit into the big dream.  The leader should know the steps it will take to reach the dream, but never discourage anyone on the team’s contributions.  Individual initiatives may even discover a better way to accomplish the goals.  The dream needs to be big enough for everyone on the team to have an active part in it.

Everybody wants to be somebody.

Not only do they want to be somebody, but they have the desire to get better and better at something that really matters.  Everyone wants to be remember in the history of the world, at least in their world.  We must never forget this desire when we lead our teams.

To create an explosion of  viral motivation, we will need to inspire those around us to reach inside of themselves and pull out the best they can be.  People’s desire to be involved in something bigger than themselves and fight for something they believe in is a strong motivating force.  We can look for the best in our team and encourage them to make a difference each and every day.

I have a video of Dan Pink’s talk at Ted on motivation.  He brings some surprising things to light.  They are controversial things which most business don’t believe or don’t know about.  I’ve worked in sales fields where we were compensated monetarily.  At first, I didn’t agree with him (as if my research department is bigger than his). After contemplation, I can see how this fits. Leave me your comment and let me know your thoughts.

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How to Defeat the Siren Call of Procrastination

April 7th, 2011 No comments

We have all fallen victim to the procrastination bug.  I call it a bug, because like the flu it can make us sick and tired.  Sick and tired of not excelling, not making enough money, not having our projects done on time, and stress.

People procrastinate in different degrees.  From a once in a while thing, to complete break down of results.  Why do people procrastinate?

One reason may be, they don’t see a value or adverse consequences in having something done in the time frame it needs to be completed.  For instance, If a teacher gives the student a credit for a paper even if it’s a day late, is there an urgency to get it done on time?

Many times, procrastination stems from not being able to see or visualize the end result.  If we can’t see the end result and how good it will be, or feel, when it is completed, where is the motivation to do it?

Another reason for putting things off  is not being invested in the outcome.  When it’s something we really don’t care about and haven’t invested any part of ourselves in the outcome, do we feel compelled to follow through?

Habitual procrastination can be a lack of self discipline or laziness.  Or, a lack of motivation to start or complete the project or task.  I know people who put off things they say they really, really want to do.  They can’t force themselves to make the time to do it.  A hundred other things seem to have a siren type hypnotic call; the unwashed dishes, laundry to fold, checking email one more time.  We follow the call and end up doing nothing about what should matter most.

Procrastination becomes a form of self sabotage.  When someone is overcome too many times by the call of procrastination, they realize it has resulted in a life of unfinished projects and mediocrity.  Then, out pops the cat o’ nine tails and the self flogging begins.  This results in a downward spiral of disastrous consequences.

Here are three things I have found which help me recover from the sickness of procrastination:

WRITE IT DOWN

I write down on paper what needs to be accomplished.  This is a way to clearly and concretely picture my project goals and tasks.  When I write down my list of things I want to accomplish, I become more invested in the outcome.

PRIORITIZE IT

After I write it down, I prioritize it.  There are, often, many things needing to be done.  If I write it down I can prioritize  the important tasks.  It helps create the steps needed to accomplish the task.  Prioritizing helps to weed out the less important tasks and focus on what needs to be done.

DO SOMETHING!

The most important step is to do something! Take action!  Anything to create a forward motion.  The hardest step in getting anything done is starting.  I know when I start a writing project, I pull up my notepad and stare at the white virginal screen.  I will stare indefinitely at it with nothing appearing on the screen, unless I move forward by typing something….anything…to get me started.  By starting, I gain focus and a sense of forward momentum.  If it’s not how I want it to read, I can always go back and fix it, but there won’t be anything to fix if I don’t get started.

Next time, when confronted by the bug of procrastination instead of fallen ill to its siren song, try writing it down, prioritizing it, and start doing something.  You may find the path cleared for excellence and less stress.  Try it, you’ll like it!

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How to Beat the Evil Twin of Success Also Known as Discouragement

March 29th, 2011 No comments

Goals and dreams are exciting!  They can light up our world.  They give us a reason to put our feet on the floor every morning.  Along with goals and dreams comes the polar opposites of discouragement and failure.  Everyone, no matter who you are have been, or will be subjected to them.

The difference between our successes and failures is how we each handle discouragement.  I have a dear friend, who when faced with failure, becomes fatally discouraged and quit whatever they were doing and latch securely onto the expressions, “I can’t”, I wasn’t born to do this”, or my all time favorite (I say with all the sarcasm I can muster) “It’s always been this way, why should I change?”

I heard a speaker once say, “if someone had a gun to the head of one of your children, would you just lay down and quit, say you can’t do it and let it go?” Most of us would say, “hell no!” But, when we let our dreams and goals go without a fight and slump into fatal discouragement, isn’t that exactly what we are doing?

Someone might not be, literally, holding a gun to the head of one of children.  But if we don’t learn how to deal with frustration and discouragement isn’t that a lesson our children are learning from us, which can eventually put a stop to their dreams and goals in their lives?

Face it, our kids watch us and how we deal with love, success, freedom, discipline, discouragement and frustration, just to name a few.  We are walking, talking lessons in life, whether we like it or not.

One of things I ask myself when I’m in the throes of discouragement and despair, is my goal or objective worthy or should I let it go? The more attached I am to my goal or objective, the easier it is to say “hell no, I’m not giving up!”

The second thing I ask myself is a perspective question.  If I can get through my discouragement, in 5 years what will I remember the most? The agony of the discouragement or the thrill of victory!

The third thing I ask myself is, how can I get around my discourage, work through it, or blast it out of my way? Once my mind is made up that I’m not going to quit, the discouragement melts away.  Resolve replaces it.  Solutions become apparent.

Life is journey!  It isn’t always easy, but it is worth it.  As Bob Proctor would day,  “Lack and limitation can only exist when we make room for them in our mind.” The same is true for discouragement.  Isn’t discouragement just another lack and limitation?  Doesn’t discouragement breed a lack of motivation and limits success?  The next time you face the evil twin of success, ask yourself the three question.  You might be surprised by your answers.

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7 Self Sabotaging Behaviors That Steal My Productivity!

December 7th, 2010 4 comments

This is a busy time of year.  I have my usual tasks or jobs.  But, all of a sudden, I find I have so much more to do.  My plate has gone from being pleasingly full, to heaping, and stuff falling off the edges and not getting done.

I begin to realize that I had better find a better way to prioritize, or get a bigger plate. I start to realize that I have been practicing self sabotage. If I don’t get a handle on it, I feel frustrated and overwhelmed.  Have you ever felt this way?

One thing I have figured out about myself.  When I get really busy, it is easy for me to fall into unproductive habits.  I start to feel like a hamster, spinning her wheel as fast as she can, and going no where!  I start experiencing negative feelings like frustration, and being overwhelmed.  Left unchecked, and I slide into being depressed!

I have found, I sabotage myself with certain behaviors.  I create impossible situations by taking on too much. The can’t say no syndrome. In the end, I get less done and everyone is frustrated with me.  By not saying no, I have let people count on me to get what they wanted me to do, done.

Here are a few of my self sabotaging antics which steal my focus and make me less productive.  See if you can relate.

1.  Misuse of Email.  Instead of pulling off the important information I need to complete my work, I start reading unimportant emails.  Then I am completely distracted.  I end up burning my productive time doing an unproductive activity.

2. The times that I procrastinate and put off doing important tasks I end up having to catch up later.  I know better.  The more I play catch up the longer it takes to reach my goals.

3. When I allow myself to get into the mentality of going from crisis to crisis.  I start thinking in the mode of crisis management.  Bad decisions are made in that mind set.

4. If I  start switching from one task to another without full concentration on any one task.  I get hopeless distracted.  I accomplish nothing. This is why multi-tasking doesn’t work for me.

5. I can really derail myself by allowing distractions such as day dreaming, stress, guilt, anger and frustration to decrease my concentration.  Again, nothing productive gets done.

6. When I don’t get quality sleep,  I feel tired.  I get into the caffeine trap.  Tired, more caffeine, tired, more caffeine.  My thinking is unclear and my production is low.

7. I am clear off the track if I start getting involved in other people’s dramas.  I really try to steer clear of this.  I don’t like my own drama, why should I participate in another person’s drama?

Learning to not self sabotage myself is a very important skill to master in my life. It adversely effects every area of my life. It not only leads to overwhelming frustration, stress, and guilt.  It also affects my ability to set and achieve effective my goals.

I know it takes self discipline, which is the key to getting myself back on the road to successful habits.  I am a person who enjoys keeping my plate pleasingly full.  I’m always working on mastering my productive work habits.  It always feel so good to accomplish my tasks.  Then I have time for distractions!

What do you do to master your day? Leave me a comment and let us know what helps you!

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Tony Robbin – How to Develop Your Goals and Action Plan for 2010 – Part 2

December 14th, 2009 No comments

tony-robbins2The year 2010 is rapidly approaching.  As 2009 wanes, it is natural to become more reflective about what we did or didn’t accomplish.  It is a time to review and revise our goals for that jump start into 2010.  It is a time to sit down in front of that blank piece of paper and catalogue our accomplishments and to be honest about those things that could have gone better.  It is not a time to beat up on ourselves for self proclaimed “failures”.  That would be self defeating.  We can use failure as a great way to correct our course of action. A quote from Winston Churchill comes to mind, “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

As we reflect on our present year and revise our game plan for 2010, it is important to launch our revised plan of action immediately.  We loose momentum by waiting any length of time to start the revised plan.    It is imperative to take the first step of implementation, now.  Why?   Because, the power is in the now.   The first step is the hardest.  It is like trying to push a stalled car.  It takes a tremendous amount of energy to get the 2000 lbs auto to budge. We push and push until we finally start to get some forward movement.  If we keep the energy focused on pushing the car, we will soon find ourselves racing to keep up with the rapidly moving vehicle.  That is the power of momentum!

Today’s video is part 2 of Tony Robbins “The Power of Momentum”.  This 5 minute video will give you some insight on moving forward with strength.  If you like it, pass it on.

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Tony Robbins – How to Develop your Goals & Action Plan for 2010

December 13th, 2009 3 comments

Tony RobbinsWe are in the throes of a very busy holiday season.  Most of us are busy individuals, without the extra hustle and bustle of Christmas.  Before we know it, the new year, 2010, will be here.  Have you had an opportunity to sit down and decide what your 2010 is going to look  like, in all areas of your life?  Most of us will say “no”, I haven’t found the time to do that. To be honest with you, you will never “find” the time for developing your goals and action plan.  You will have to “make” the time for this important goal setting endeavor.

Making our famous New Years resolutions doesn’t hinge on something magical happening at the first of the year that helps us keep them, or break them.  Starting a new year with goals and an action plan is like looking out at a new field of snow, crisp and clean, where no one has walked before, and blazing your trail through it to what you want.  A clean slate, so to speak.  The magic happens any time we make compelling goals, develop a plan with lasting results that work, and take action on them!  This can be done any time of the year.  If it is done correctly, that’s when the magic happens, because as Tony Robbins would say, “Where focus goes, energy flows”.

I have a 7 minute video from Tony Robbins that I really enjoyed.  I plan to make some time in my busy schedule before January 1, 2010 to find out what I did in 2009 that worked and what didn’t work.  I want to have my goals for 2010 planned and ready to go to launch my best year ever!  I encourage you to do so, also.

Enjoy the video.  Feel free to share it with your network of family, friends and business associates!  Let’s all rock in 2010.  The world will be a better place for it.

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Tony Robbins – The Power of Clarity and Purpose

November 21st, 2009 2 comments

It’s time for the weekend special.  Today, I have Tony Robbins and his 8 minute video on The Power of Clarity and Purpose.  He makes some very good points.  Life will give us what we ask for. 

Pass it on if your network of friends and collegues could benefit from it.