Intuitive Team Motivation Mar 7, 2018
Motivating a team of people can be a huge challenge.
Some teams are all on the same page and work harmoniously together while others appear to be on opposite ends of the scale. It’s a full time job just sorting them out let alone trying to motivate them all to move forward together. But it doesn’t need to be hard. In fact it can be enjoyable for all team members as they get something out of it. It can be a win-win situation and (can I say this in a business environment) it can be fun.
Intuitive Team Motivation bypass’s all the theoretical jargon and goes directly to the source of the problem. Knowing what motivates your individual team members. Yes, I know that sometimes the Team Members are not aware of what motivates them but you don’t need to ask them. You can find out in another way, intuitively.
Team motivation is about concentrating on the team’s goal or project and then determining the success of it. If you can sidestep the logical thinking side of the teams’ brains and tap into their creative solving side you can discover answers you didn’t know you were seeking.
The logical or left brain will often response or react in ways that are expected or the norm. The left brain usually thinks in a manner that is already known or experienced prior. It focuses on the verbal, analytical and orderly. Things like reading, writing and computations with a very linear way of thinking.
The right brain is more visual and intuitive. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking bringing in the imagination, arts and creativity. It has a very holistic way of thinking. We know the two sides of our brain are different, but it doesn’t mean we use only one side at the time. However to get to the base of how people are motivated we need to ensure you tap into the right side of the brain. This allows people to express themselves without the left side’s logical thoughts manipulating the outcome.
One of the best ways to tap into the right brain is through drawing.
To discover how to motivate your team as a group and as individuals is to ask them to draw something and then assess it.
What type of motivation
The use or format of the paper can reflect how we see the world and what motivates us in life. Most images are presented in a portrait or landscape format and the presentation represents the individual’s prominent motivational outlook in life. The two formats relate to motivation in a positive and negative aspect. As the format is the first thing that is viewed in an image, it relates directly but subtly to how the world also views us.
The thought processes required
Thought processes help to determine the way people pick up or require information delivered to them. Some people like the big picture or concepts delivered to them first before they can breakdown the details whereas others work from the details up. This is shown in how we present the style of drawing. You can see if the image has been drawn quickly and simply with the brief outlines or if the image has more details in it.
The perception of the goal
A person’s perception is the collection of qualities they possess and can be defined through the size of the image that has been drawn. The decision about the image being large or small is dependent on who is doing the analysis and how they perceive it. The larger the size of the image compared to the paper size the more extraverted is the perception of the project or goal and the smaller the image the more introverted the person is about it.
This image suggests the person’s perception of the upcoming seminar as something very important to her or she may feel it is overwhelming her and really in her face.
Other areas you can also understand include:
- What the main focus is about – The Task or Goal
- What behaviours are needed to achieve the goal – Aggressive or Passive
- The sort of drive that underlies the motivation – Individual or Community
- What the attraction is towards the goal – Size, Shape and Number
I know you’re thinking, ‘all this just from a simple drawing.’
Yes it’s true. You can determine what motivates your team just by using this simple technique but of course then you need to follow it through.
Using the right language and targeting the right aspect of each team member will give you the best group going forward. For example if you wanted to give a pay rise to someone concentrate on what it could mean for people with different underlying drives. Those with an individual drive would respond better to ‘Now you can look at getting that sports car you wanted’. However for someone who has community drive make it all about their community or family. ‘Now you can look at getting that bigger family car you wanted’. Similar words that instigate a different drive to motivate. Remember, however that this person could be completely different outside of this project or work environment.
Setting aside the left brain and allowing the right side of the brain to come forward will give you and your team insights you may not have been aware of. Not only will you, as Team Leaders, understand what makes your team members tick, your team members will learn a little more about themselves. They will understand the best action for them to take to achieve their goals and the goals of the business.