I was asked a question last week by a business colleague at a networking event I had never been asked before.
I had just delivered my new 20-second summary of what I do, which opens with a rhetorical question and goes like this:
“You know how some small business owners struggle with employees with negative attitudes, poor work ethics and those who do not take initiative or ownership of the job they’re paid to do?
“Well what I do is work with the business owner and their employees to break through the communication problems causing the problems to create a more positive, more productive and most importantly, a more profitable work environment.”
This woman replied, “wow, I bet you’re a busy guy, every business could use you!”
Then she said, “do you think there are some people who are just not motivated?”
I said “No! The problem is not a lack of motivation.”
I explained, “Everyone is motivated to do something. Even if that motivation is just to lay on a couch and stare at a wall.”
“What most people lack is not motivation but the two vital components that create motivation.”
She asked, “so, what’s that?”
“Aspiration and inspiration!”
Aspiration comes from inspiration.
When someone is inspired by something or someone, they create an aspiration to move in a similar direction. This drives the motivation to take action towards achieving the aspiration.
If people seem unmotivated the fact is they either have no aspirations powerful enough to take action towards them, or have not found the inspiration to aspire to some meaningful outcomes.
Small business owners can simply follow this formula to create a motivated team of employees.
The process includes creating an inspiring vision and purpose that employees will be aspired to contribute their talents towards helping achieve.
If you’d like to learn more and download a leadership assessment on this concept, visit www.EmployeeMotivationEquation.com .
Let me know what you think.
’til next time, Communicate With Power!
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