It's Up To ME: How to Improve Motivational Execution / Managing / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Fundamental principles used by effective leaders and managers to improve motivational levels.

There are some fundamental management principles that leaders, managers, or supervisors at any level must follow.

These fundamental principles ensure that you continuously concentrate on accomplishing your goals and the goals of your organization.

Managers and leaders also provide the motivation to accomplish these goals! Motivational levels in any organization must remain high and positive in order to achieve true growth and success.

As professional motivational speaker and icon Zig Ziglar stated, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily”.

Here are some tips used by efficient managers and leaders to improve motivational execution.

Set Clear Expectations

When you explain your goals clearly, you have already accomplished 50 percent of them – you’re half way there!

  • Lay out all of your expectations to each and every staff member in a positive ‘can do’ manner.
  • Habitually identify various elements of the role and discuss each one at different performance discussions.

An efficient leader and manager does this on a continual basis, and ensures that each staff member is on solid ground and knows exactly where he or she stands and what next steps to take.

Ensure Staff Members Know Their Purpose & Value

This includes briefing every new staff member on exactly what the organizations purpose is, what their purpose is within the company, as well as where we fit in association with other departments. They must know they play an integral role in accomplishing the shared goal.

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Set Objectives for Every Staff Member

Strategize by talking about long-term objectives with every staff member, this will make goals and objectives clearer immediately. Every strategy session should have a set of goals or at least one goal that is agreed upon. This way, you can determine what strategy or steps are necessary to achieve that goal.

Additionally, as a leader, you must share your thoughts on what they need to accomplish in order to develop within their present role. Individuals must know that development and growth is possible or they will quickly lose the motivation they once had.

You job is to show them where they currently are, and where they’re headed next if they follow the strategy laid out. Make the objectives specific and establish time frames on each. They must be so detailed and clear that it’s possible to write a checklist of, "No, this goal wasn’t accomplished" or "Yes, the goal was accomplished."

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Have Constant One-on-One Performance Reviews

An efficient supervisor will hold regular one-on-one discussions. The goal includes showing you’re interested in the staff member’s work and you are helping them stimulate growth and performance. During the meeting, assess your staff member’s goals and where they stand in relation to achieving those goals.

Additionally, ensure that you evaluate and recognized their recent performance appropriately. Are they contributing to the team, are they lacking communication? When you ensure to identify key learning points from a staff member’s daily experience and set future objectives, you are taking the basic steps to ensuring that your staff members are on the right track.

When your staff members are on the right track, your organization is on the right track and goals quickly become accomplishments.

Show Genuine Employee Interest

Train yourself to always notice and appreciate the good work that your team is doing. Show your team a positive attitude and apply extra effort in your own endeavors and your team will follow. It is easy to notice the negative things in life because they bother you, however it is more difficult but more rewarding to notice and reward the good.

Praise desired achievement, behavior, or attitude on the spot, honestly and openly. Be sensitive to others, and praise every person in the appropriate way. Think about how it is that you do this, and vary your methods to ensure you are using the correct motivational methods for each individual on your team.

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By following the above guideline, you will make your life easier as a leader or manager. You can also apply many of the above tips to your own life to ensure you are staying focused and motivated in your personal life.

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