The Essentials of Consistent Motivation for Startup Teams
You are only as strong as the least motivated member of your team. How do you make everyone consistently believe in the vision?
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Motivation and startups are power trends. Everyone wants in on them, but there is a lot of noise. This article isn't going to be part of that noise, it aims to cut through it.
Before we get started, I'd like to remind our readers that the true entrepreneurial, problem solving, and motivational mindset comes from within. External factors might provide some fuel, but the real propulsion comes when we find a source within us or our teams that can find consistency in their execution.
Today's startups focus a lot on mindfulness and recreation, which are keys to long term productivity. However, many a time they lose their original charm and just become part of the usual processes.
Over the sparkle and fluff, here are five essentials of developing and maintaining a team that has the potential to deliver consistently:
1] Sense of Belonging and Recognition: This is one of the reasons millennial think twice before joining larger enterprises. We're all human, we all want to belong. Millennial and most other generations are no different. They don't want to be one of the many unrecognized cogs in the mechanism. The most successful startups usually develop this through effective coworker relationships and the sense of being part of the flow. Recognition and keeping teams in the loop is a critical process that might sometimes lose its steam in tougher times.
2] Clear vision with clear communication: Not only does clear communication reduce any cultural barriers but onboarding as well as active day to day communication is also essential to keep teams fueled. It doesn't matter what life cycle or timeline your team is on. Everyone wants to be in the loop. Don't let this get in the way of your team's motivation and productivity.
3] If you're a leader, practise what you preach: Double standards are unacceptable of leaders. How valuable are your words? A leader must be held to the highest standards. Even if they make mistakes, owning up to them will send the right signals to the team. If your team feels they cannot count on you, they'll be focused on an exit plan.
4] Forget fear, stay focused on forward momentum: Fear is one of the easiest ways to push people to meet their job requirements. However, it will never push them beyond that. Positive support and continuous synergy are considered more effective than constantly stressing team members. The most productive and innovative teams are the ones that feel the passion and motivation from within.
5] Trust your team: They've been hired for a reason. After setting the objectives and processes, you might need to step back. The studies and research remind us that micromanagement is not as effective as it might feel in the moment.
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