Understanding Motivation


I thought this was a great article to send to colleagues regarding Motivation.

EBW Definition
Wants to achieve, has energy, drive and enthusiasm, is ambitious, is optimistic and positive about things, less likely to become demoralized, is not cautious or hesitant.

What motivates you at work?
You may think that everybody should be motivated in the workplace but how motivated someone is by their job or career will be quite different to someone else. Some people are naturally very passionate about the work they do, it is part of who they are, while others are a lot more methodical in their approach. A person’s passion or motivational drive does not necessarily reflect their ability to work hard just how they may demonstrate their enthusiasm for their work.

For example, highly motivated individuals may be overly focused and impatient and, depending on how they work with other people they may or may not encourage them with their enthusiasm. Generally, they are likely to be passionate, optimistic and expect outcomes at work to be positive.  

Whereas people who are not naturally passionate are likely to be a lot more steadier and their patience may be of value to others. However they may be unpopular with highly motivated individuals as they can be seen as an obstacle to achieving what they want.   

Low motivated individuals can be methodical and may not engage emotionally in their role but this does not mean they do not work hard.  If you are highly motivated individual you should not necessarily assumed that an attempt to motivate and energise a low motivated individual is best achieved through your enthusiasm.

Compared to most people how motivated are you? Does your level of passion about your work act as an inhibitor or activator to your work? How would you know and how could you find out?What would be the advantage of showing more/or less passion at work? 

Understanding your motivation can impact on your perception of risk. People who are very passionate tend to be optimistic about the projects they are involved in. Whereas those who are less passionate may be more realistic about the expected outcomes of the work they are involved in.

How does your motivation impact on your assessment of risk? Are you overly positive or too negative about your work outcomes?

When working with others, understanding what yours’ and others’ emotional drives are and what motivates people, as well considering how realistic you are being is the key to leadership and working with others successfully

Personal Reflections and Development
Think about some of the projects you have been involved in recently; those where you were very engaged and committed and those which were less exciting and engaging. 

What was the difference between those projects that you felt excited by and those that you were not? 

Is the difference to do with the type of work you were asked to do?
The people you were working with?
The way you felt about the client or your own organisation?
Was it simply to do with your energy levels?

During the week reflect on what makes you and your colleagues motivated. Consider does your level of motivation act as an inhibitor or activator to business success.

When you are in a team meeting, consider who is excited about the projects or business that is being discussed and who is not? How helpful is their approach to the final outcome? What could be done differently?