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SL Column: Motivation QUEST(c)

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Motivation QUEST©


     The time to leave the motorcycle in the garage is when the motivation to ride is just not evident one day. You dread the hassle of suiting up for safety. You feel tired. Drumming up enthusiasm is a chore. To ride when motivation is low is to invite an accident through carelessness and inattention. You do not ride at peak performance when motivation is low.


     Whether you are an independent or employed by someone, you work with other people. At times you lead groups of people over whom you do not have direct managerial influence. Yet, you need motivated people to perform at their peak levels to ensure a successful event. How do you motivate the people you lead?



     You don’t. You cannot motivate other people. You can create an environment that encourages others to be motivated. Learn what revs their engines (motivates them) by embarking on a Motivation QUEST©.




Query people, individually. “All [employees / managers / volunteers / staff / youth ] are motivated by…” is a weak generalization.



Use your senses. Listen. Walk around among your people. Observe how they interact with each other, with you, and with others beyond your immediate group. Talk to people. Ask open-ended questions. (What? Why? How?)



Examine your own motivations. Separate your personal motivations from those of others. Distance your own agenda from others’.



Strive for open communications. Make yourself approachable. Open your mind to other people’s preferences and motivating factors. Avoid casting judgment on what motivates other people.



Times change. Situations change. Life changes cause motivations to change. Assume nothing. Continually re-check for motivations.


     Create an environment others find motivating to encourage peak performance. Your event – and your career – may depend on it!

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