Connecting, adapting, motivating and inspiring people is an essential business skill, which is missing at so many levels in so many organisations resulting in a big impact on productivity, employee performance and ultimately profit – the bottom line for any business.
These ‘soft skills’ are so often undervalued. In fact, to many, the ‘soft stuff is the hard stuff’ – as managers and leaders in our workplace today we become adept at processes, systems, strategy and priorities…but so often forget the impact we are having on those around us. Knowing how to connect, emphasise and create a deep and meaningful rapport with our teams is a key motivational factor and is fundamental to our success in our jobs, and life itself.
Emotionally Intelligent behaviour will count far more than how smart we are, or what grade we got at college….our ‘soft smarts’ are the ones that are going to set us apart from others and are one of the key motivating factors for others in our environment. For some, this is as natural as breathing…for others they really have to work at it. In order to motivate employees, you have to start with YOU.
- How aware are you of the impact you are having on those around you?
- How interested are you about that?
- How much do you care?
- Do you want to change that?
- How good are you at observing behaviour in others and understanding the individual that you are dealing with?
- And how good (here’s the kicker) are you at then making changes to the way that YOU BEHAVE in order for the other person to feel at ease and therefore open the doors to rapport for you?
These questions may seem simple, but they are FUNDAMENTAL to your success. Your impact on the motivation of others is linked to your ability to ask yourself and answer these questions. How to inspire people in business depends on us getting this right.
So, what is motivation?
There are so many theories and they are all correct in their own way. Probably the one that most of us know of is that of Abraham Maslow, dating back to 1953. His hierarchical view on the world leading to self-fulfilment stands true today as it was then. But our question about motivation is not so much about how you motivate yourself, it is about the impact you have day to day in helping others become motivated. For yourself, a clear sense of purpose and an understanding of the values you stand for is a great start, but really, how many of your team have thought about that?
Through our workshops, we can help you not only define these driving factors for you, but through your own skills, help others set clear objectives and develop a clear sense of purpose for themselves. If you are able to unlock this in others through your coaching, stretching your team with balanced and motivational feedback, and create a nurturing environment of safety, you will have a big impact on the inspiration and motivation of your team.
Throughout our workshops, you will apply these techniques and skills frequently, in the context of your real-life situations, gaining confidence and clarity about how this will help you deliver back in your real world. You will receive one on one feedback from your facilitator and peers and be able to analyse your own performance by reviewing the videos of your practice runs
You will leave confident, knowing how to apply this in the real world, and will have learnt a process and a set of skills that will be able to support you in your day to day role.
Do you want to find out more?
Contact us at www.expressionforgrowth.com for more information and to talk with someone to explore with you what the best approach for you would be.