What you don’t do CAN hurt you…
The when and how of the matter
- Understand their needs
To motivate others successfully, it is vital to understand the needs of others first. In this way, you can implement their ideal motivator e.g. not everyone is motivated by financial rewards so you may discover that you get a better outcome by providing recognition, time off from work, or giving additional responsibility.
- Set them up for success when giving additionally responsibility
- Give additional responsibility that involves more interesting and creative aspects of a task rather than ‘just more’ of the same duties i.e. vertical (not lateral) tasks.
- It is important to be transparent about the process and clearly communicate the expected effort, how it will be measured, and when the incentive will be awarded.
- Be the expert
Your degree of influence will be easier if you are perceived as the expert, thought leader or have unique skills. However, you can still be influential with limited experience if you have good communication skills and can provide a different perspective on a problem.
- Explain the benefits
Highlight the benefits and gains to the other person for doing the action. Similar to motivation, ensure it is a benefit and gain that appeals to the other person, otherwise, the incentive will not be a strong enough reason for them to be influenced.
- Show the consequences of no action
Refer to the losses of the missed opportunity if the action is not performed i.e. highlight the consequences if no action is taken when others have already received the benefit from taking the same action.
- Explain how to do it
Explain the whole process for doing the action and use encouraging words with emphasis that the person can achieve the outcome, whether or not they believe they can. This will help the other person to see that the required effort is not as monumental as they initially believed.
- Remove uncertainty
Finally, address all concerns and questions. This prevents misunderstanding, reduces errors, and eases any fears or concerns about the situation.
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- Be visionary
Have a clear but adaptable vision for the future. Knowing what you want, and taking the necessary steps to get it, regardless of how small those steps are but at the same time, being open to change can be of great encouragement to others.
- Be respectable
Have a respectable, dependable character and be able to accept and implement constructive criticism as these characteristics are fundamental to people who inspire others.
- Be a good communicator
This goes without saying, have excellent communication and presentation skills. This ensures that all who follow you are on board and are all moving in the same direction… forward.
This video will give you the tips to motivate others in the workplace, influence your co-workers and be an inspiration at office. Understand what motivational, influential and inspirational people do to be perceived in this way.
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