5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

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5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Ahh, the science of team building. It’s an art, a gift, a down-right necessity when it comes to proper management. Here are 5 ways you can motivate your team to work harder, better and become more productive.

#1. Don’t neglect team building exercises.5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

If everyone continually sits at their desk working on their own project and there is no interaction, communication can get dropped and the end result could be disastrous. Never neglect teambuilding exercises because they do actually work. Even though you might get a few eye rolls, it’s best to have everyone stop what they’re doing, come together for teambuilding activities that they all have to work together with in order to get the job done together. These teambuilding exercises could be in the form of physical activities, volunteering together, sharing a meal together or small field trips. They don’t have to be an intricate game of twister or an offshoot of some drinking game.

#2. Communication.

Communication plays a critical role in developing a successful team. Different patterns of communication can be the most important predictor of a team’s success. Regardless of how the team members feel about each other, meaning they don’t need to be best friends in order to communicate, team member still need to overcome you can their needs, desires, and where they are in the project in order for the project to succeed.

#3. Brainstorm but not altogether.

Studies have shown that brainstorming in a cohesive group all at the same time can really just end up in a muddled mess. Instead change the term brainstorming into “electronic brain writing”. This means chatting through an online program, focusing on quality and combining the ideas produced by others in order to make a cohesive plan.

#4. Evaluate everyone’s strengths and weaknesses.

If you have someone in the team that’s an analytical thinker, someone that the doer, someone visionary and the leader and a follower, it can help bring the entire team together to work as a team. However, you need to understand what everyone’s gifts are. You certainly wouldn’t want a follower in a leader’s position nor would you want a visionary in the doers position. Once you understand people’s strengths and their weaknesses you can put them to work honing their skill for the betterment of the team and the project.

#5. Value each person individually.

Just as we mentioned in the previous step, understanding people’s strengths and weaknesses and utilizing their guests will encourage them to work harder and better at what they do. It’s okay to have extroverts and introverts on one team and even though the extroverts might be outgoing and encouraged to open up, the introverts may have more deep-seated and processed thoughts and suggestions that can really drive the foundation of the project forward. Never give up on someone just because you don’t understand their skill set and gifting.

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