To Motivate Your Employees, Draw from Your Own Experience

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It’s not always easy to get the most from your employees. If you’re struggling to inspire the people on your team, look to your past.

o Think about your own experience and what motivated you when you were in the lower levels of a company. Who was the best boss you ever had? What did that person do to make you want to perform at your best?

o Reflect on what made your boss’s motivational strategies so effective for you. What specifically did they do to earn your trust and admiration? Now think about how you can apply those lessons to your own team. Which motivational tools will work for them?

o Be fearless in examining your own behavior and curious about how your employees respond to you. Repurpose your favorite boss’s techniques and make them your own.

Adapted from “Motivating People Starts with Having the Right Attitude,” by Monique Valcour

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