There is no one way to motivate people. What I see as a motivating influence may not be important to you; however, we all need some level of motivation. Even highly motivated people need stimulation throughout the journey.
What and how to provide this encouragement depends on having more than a working knowledge of your people. Good leaders have a real interest in each member of the team and provide motivation tailored to the needs and desires of each.
With more than 35 years of investing in non-profit organizations, I can assure you that the key factors used to motivate company employees are not always transferable. Members of non-profit organizations often invest their skills, talents, and work for free. Your talents, treasures, and time are invested in a vision or cause without a specific reward. The motivation of these individuals is a qualitative rather than a quantitative factor.
The key factor in motivating others is “influencing behavior.” The achievement of the organization’s goals depends on the mobilization of people to achieve strategic and predetermined results. The longevity of these depends on the retention and inspiration (overwhelmed by motivation) displayed by the team members.
So what motivates you?
There is no right or wrong motivation because we must take into account that the reason for motivation is to influence behavior. These behavior changes serve a common goal or organizational outcome. As mentioned above, nonprofits provide an ethic, belief, or purpose that is at the heart of their cause. Providing tangible evidence of progress, positive change, and results is the cornerstone of employee motivation.
Here are some key motivators that influence behavior.
Providing some means of reward or incentive is perhaps the first form of motivation that we experience. As children we are exposed to the carrot and stick mentality. Behave in a certain way and the reward is ours. As an adult, the media are a bit more refined but the methodology is the same. Achieve the goals and you get a bonus, a raise, a promotion, etc.
A key motivation for many is the visible sign of completion. Many of us are motivated to “see” the end result. Achieving goals and results is a satisfying reward and a sense of personal and corporate achievement. Bringing a project to fruition is extremely satisfying and perhaps one of my favorite motivators. Celebrating completion is a reward for many, and however past it may be, its motivating influence is immense.
3.Positional – Influence
Leaders have the desire to influence, and often the position they hold provides the opportunity. While some of the greatest influences in history have done so without a recognized position, most of us still react to title rather than role. Influence can be achieved in many ways, suffice this article to acknowledge that the need to control the behavior of others is often achieved through position. Those who perceive this medium as a hierarchical power base are often motivated to progress through it.
Training and development serve several purposes.
Ensures consistency and purpose of the organization.
It produces an environment for personal development and a recruiting base, which can convey the vision and organizational values.
It provides a strict measure of quality control and strategic deadlines.
Take advantage of talents and match them with organizational growth and development for the foreseeable future.
People who want to receive continuing education in specific skills are passionate about maintaining their career and will often give up other motivators for personal development.
Being a part of something bigger than yourself is a key factor in choosing which organization to invest in. Without a doubt, one of the biggest motivators in nonprofits is the sense of belonging. Being a recognizable part of the bigger picture and playing your role is a great motivation for many.
As politically correct as the world is today, fear is still used to control behavior and outcomes. I often come across these methods, where strong tactics are used to increase contribution and maximize worker effort. Fear alone is insufficient to control, since without the threat of consequences, it is a superficial motivator. Missed goals, low productivity or results, outsourcing, denial of the economy, layoffs, layoffs, pay cuts, and demotion are used to motivate behavior change.
Last but not least, love is powerful. The Greeks defined the term love in four ways:
Agápe, Eros, Philia, Storge
Whatever expression love experiences, its motivation is expressed in a powerful way. Love is not limited to emotion, but to action. When you “act” out of genuine concern or love for another, you motivate all kinds of loyalty and behavior change.
We are more sensitive to love in action than to words.
People will “go the extra mile”, support, invest, defend, protect and even fight for the family vision for that. Loyalty expressed in loving appreciation for the efforts of others is a compilation of all other forms of motivation.
A real consideration for those around us is the most primitive but most powerful form of motivation. Those who are motivated by it will inspire others with a similar motivation. When all other motivators are ineffective, love has the ability to instill hope, confidence, and security in the future. It may not change the bottom line of the business, but it will change our greatest resource. People!