Motivating others is like managing a savings account.
- Motivation - like savings - builds over time
- The more you invest in someone, the more you can ask (withdraw)
- Small, consistent investments in people compound over time
- Motivation - like savings - can be quickly depleted
- The more you ask, the more you withdraw
- Sometimes you can overdraw your account!
Saving money is a habit. After a while it becomes second nature. You don't have to deposit a lot. Little deposits over time compound quickly.
Motivation works the same way. You build up psychological capital - the key to motivation.
Attitudes are the currency of motivation. Employees with good attitudes are motivated. Attitudes about you, the job, their co-workers and themselves matter most.
- Attitudes about you (the boss) - ex. "Does my boss care about me?"
- Attitudes about the job - ex. "Is my work meaningful?"
- Attitudes about co-workers - ex. "Do I fit in?"
- Attitudes about themselves - ex. "Do I feel productive?"
Why this matters - Managers have to invest the time to develop the right attitudes. Attitudes are the currency. There are no shortcuts. Like money, there's no "get rich quick" schemes.