I need self motivated team members, do you?

I need self motivated team members, do you?

I need self motivated team members, do you?

How many times have you heard business managers talking about employees as not being self motivated? Do they have a clear definition of what ‘self motivation’ means? I’d like to share some ideas with you; they might spark some light on the topic.

While mentoring startup`s founders and other entrepreneurs I found a lowest common denominator, in general, they understand self motivated team members as independent thinkers capable of solving problems by self initiative. Everyone wishes to hire self motivated team members, and at the same time most business managers measure team performance with numbers that aren’t directly considering team initiative as valuable. These metrics might make most team members averse to the risk involved in the social process of taking initiative.

This is what I tell my customers:

  • Create a culture of self initiative.
  • Make a difference between the word motivation and inspiration.
  • Create a vision of present.

Organizational culture reflects what your business stands for; not consciously designing it will reflect lack of purpose. If you appreciate self initiative, make sure to create the conditions for it to happen.

To me a good analogy that explains the word motivation is the carrot and stick approach. When the motivation (carrot) is no longer there, the rabbit doesn’t feel the need to keep running. Beware of building a culture of motivation under these terms, otherwise you might find that you need to come each time with more and different carrots.

In contrast, inspiration¹ comes from within the individual. I find inspiration to mean something very similar to self initiative. Creating a culture where inspiration arises requires an environment that offers safety and recognition to anyone who takes initiative. That’s fertile ground for leadership, creativity and innovation.

Generating a balance between motivation and inspiration should be recognized as an art. It is like balancing rational thinking with intuition.

A vision of present is a short statement that will help you and each team member to evaluate their day. For my Co-working business, we feel the satisfaction of achievement when the answer to the following question is yes: Have we raised entrepreneurship among our members and community today? The cumulative effect of daily achievement is as effective as compound interest, where growth is exponential as time passes.

I’ve watched teams and companies, including my own, not following the previous principles, crumble and eventually crash for good. In contrast, where we built an open culture of self initiative, it’s obvious now what amazing working environments they became.

Are you ready to build a culture of self initiative within your business? Do you feel lack of self initiative at work? Well, you are definitively not alone, some times growth just needs a bit of push, seek some feedback, start the conversation. 


¹the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something 1 creative. Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-)
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I’m a mentor and a social entrepreneur. I am a father of two boys and I love nature and the outdoors. I’m septic of the majority of investors and sellers of success recipes. I bring people out of their boxes, empower them to be the best version of themselves.Find me here!
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I'm a mentor and a social entrepreneur. I am a father of two boys and I love nature and the outdoors. I'm septic of the majority of investors and sellers of success recipes. I bring people out of their boxes, empower them to be the best version of themselves.Find me here!

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