Motivating your team

Remember that managing is about managing people, managing a team.

Now life would be wonderful if people were always motivated to give their best and if they never became down or depressed or distracted or lazy. But, as the proverb goes: if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

Learning how to motivate a team is an essential skill for a manager. This is especially true when times are tough or things go wrong.

Don’t lie, don’t be 100% honest

One of the keys in motivating people is never to lie to them. Another key is not always being 100% honest.

How does this work?

Well, suppose things are going south on a project: you were just told by a client that a product now has to be finished a month earlier because they changed the launch date.

Should you lie to your team by saying, ‘This will be easy-peasy and we’ll finish this in a jiffy!’.

Obviously not.

They are not managers, but they are definitely not silly enough not to know that there are only 24 hours in a day.

Should you be as honest as you might feel in your heart and say, ‘Guys, our client is a total idiot and the deadline he has now set is nearly impossible to achieve!’

Obviously not.

As a manager you will have to find a way to make the impossible possible.

And one of the best ways to make this happen, is to make sure that the team is acting as a single unit,

dedicated towards achieving a single goal.

How do you do this?

How do you make the gap between the ‘realistic’ and the ‘impossible’ shrink into a workable project plan?

Here’s a hint. it’s all about ownership, giving 100%, and working smarter. But more about that later!


About the author

Lalien CilliersLalien Cilliers. Project Manager. Content Development Manager. eLearning Developer & ICT Trainer [MIITP]. Website creator and social media pager. Helping others learn tough stuff the easy way. Eternally curious. Author of: 9 things you should know … if you ever want to become a manager: The New Manager series and A Guy’s Guide: New Home: How to Find and Furnish Your Own Place