How do you motivate your employees? How do you motivate yourself, not just for today, but every day? These are two of the pressing questions driving the editorial calendars of countless management and business publications. Much of the conversation is devoted to attempting to find a one-size fits all, or at least a bulleted list, of all the right ways to motivate either yourself or others.
If only it were that easy.
Anyone who has directly managed a team of people knows it isn’t. What gets one member of the team off their feet may have the opposite effect on another. Motivation isn’t easy to inspire across the board.
It’s the same across industry and regardless of the level of job position. In fact, when 207 high-level executives from around the world were surveyed, 60 percent responded that they must vary their motivational techniques in order to elicit the best work from the people who directly reported to them.
Varying your motivational techniques and experimenting to find what works for which person…sounds like a process. But what if you could know right away what drives an individual forward and prompts the instant motivation needed to spur them on? You can, but it takes both a deeper understanding of motivation and an integrated approach.
The Textbook Definition
If you look check the dictionary, motivation is “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”
That sounds pleasant, but we believe the true meaning of motivation is the thing that inspires direct action. What prompts you to get going now, not later? What moves people, projects and companies forward today, not tomorrow?
Two Direct Behavior Influences: Motivation and Environment
In our research, we’ve found that there are two direct influences on human behavior: their environment and their built-in motivational orientation.
Since you are more able to directly change your behavior than your environment, your motivational orientation is truly at the heart of your actions. What is motivational orientation?
Discover Your Motivational Orientation
Your motivational orientation tells you the direction you will likely put your energy in order to reach certain goals or outcomes. It identifies your motivational consistency level, i.e. the level of effort you will expend when certain outcomes are within reach.
We’re developing an assessment tool called the IMO Report, based on decades of research into human behavior and people intelligence. It will scare you with its accuracy, and coupled with our personalized, in-depth insights, hopefully motivate you too!
With our help, you can know the true meaning of motivation according to you. And if your team members use the IMO Report, you will understand their true motivations as well, without having to test 50 leadership styles to discover what they need to function most efficiently in a work environment.
Contact us today to learn more about the IMO Report and stay tuned for its upcoming release date.