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Motivation is an Inside Job

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Wintrip Consulting Group : Take No PrisonersTake No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting done what matters most.

Ever wonder why employee motivation tends to ebb and flow? The reason may surprise you.

Leaders who try to motivate their staff end up with a less motivated workforce. It is actually impossible to motivate someone, since being motivated is an individual choice, an act of freewill. Any attempts at motivating others becomes counterproductive, especially over time, as employees quickly learn they don’t have to take responsibility for their own initiative. This creates an unhealthy, dependent relationship and a vicious cycle, as pictured below.

What’s working, and working well, is when leaders form an interdependent relationship with their teams. The job of leaders, in this healthy scenario, is to create an environment that promotes the opportunity, platform, and likelihood that employees will be inspired to take action, often even exceeding expectations.

Motivation is an inside job—existing inside the minds and bodies of each individual. Sustainable motivation only happens when managers create opportunities for inspired work, hold people responsible for taking initiative, and employees follow through and do their part.

This Week’s Radical Accountability Activating Action: Take time this week to ascertain how much you’re trying to motivate versus creating an environment where people take full responsibility for their own motivation.

Workshop Opportunity: I’ll be running a special leadership workshop at the TechServe Alliance conference next week in Boca Raton. If you’ll be attending, I invite you to join me.

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You Can Take It With You

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Scott's Monday Morning MessageWhile the quote “you can’t take it with you” may apply to money and material possessions, managers must require that team members take with them their greatest asset to the job each day—responsibility. Leaders of organizations doing better than others are always insisting on consistent execution, and execution can only happen if everyone does their part, being responsible for their contribution.

For example, take two recruitment companies in the UK working on the same type of growth and improvement initiatives. One is gaining ground faster than the other as a result of a consistent requirement, enforced by leadership, of every person doing what is required each week. Both companies have smart leaders and talented people; one is simply doing better at holding people accountable for following through on what matters most, never accepting excuses and always allowing for improvement.

When it comes to personal responsibility, you not only can, but you must take it with you. This is one of the most important jobs of leaders—requiring that everyone play their part, do their part, or give up their seat to someone who will. Any leaders out there who are not doing this need to either step up or step out and let someone else take over who will do so consistently.

Scott WintripYou Can Take It With You
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