Team Motivation - The 3 Secrets

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Team Motivation - The 3 Secrets

By: Alan Fairweather

Are workers telling the truth when they say they are ill? This question was posed on the Money Programme on BBC Television in December 2004.) British Bosses are reporting that more and more of their staff appear to be skiving off with faked illnesses and many firms are taking new steps to crack down on malingerers. Research by the Confederation of British Industry suggests that workplace absence is on the rise for the first time in five years. Last year we were off sick on average for 7.) 2 days up from 6.) 8 the previous year. It costs UK businesses British Pounds 11.) 75bn a year, the CBI says. The CBI also estimates that 15% of all illness is due to people taking days off when they are not really ill.

Now while I accept that there will always people who take time off work for no good reason, I believe managers need to take a long hard look at how they manage their people in the first place. Perhaps if they made the workplace a far better place to be then a lot less people would take a "sickie."

If you want a highly motivated team who don't take time off work, don't keep looking for other jobs and make a positive contribution to your business there are three things you need to do.

#1 Spend some quality time

I didn't say "quantity time" I said "quality time." One or two minutes of quality time on a regular basis are far more productive than a one hour review every year. You need to get to know your team better and they need to get to know you. It will help you build a relationship with the individual. You'll gain a much better understanding of them and how they're handling the job. It will also give the impression that you care about the individual and show that you're there to help with problems both personal and business.

Spending quality time will encourage opinions and ideas to flow from them and allows you to explain the company's mission. It gives them a feeling of being in on things which is a big motivator. It will also help you build an "early warning system" of any problems both business and personal. Finally, it builds team spirit and morale.

#2 Give feedback and coach

You need to regularly tell each member of your team when they're doing well and when not so well. I read some recent research that suggested 65% of employees in the US received no recognition at work in the past year. My experience tells me that it's much the same throughout the world and much worse in some countries.

Some managers still believe - "why should I praise people when they're only doing what they're paid to do." It's also important to tell people when they're not performing. There are too many managers who either ignore poor behaviour or come down on the person like a ton of bricks. There are particular ways to give feedback and coach and they're described in detail in the book - How to get More Sales by Motivating Your Team.

#3 Be a believer

We're now getting into the area of "Empowerment" which was first introduced in the 1080's and became a bit of a management buzzword. However, I believe that it's one of the most promising but least understood concepts in management today.

I'm a fairly down to earth practical sort of person (probably comes from my engineering background). I'm not big into management theories unless I can see the benefits for me - I see a great deal of benefit for managers and team leaders in Empowerment.

Empowerment is about utilising the knowledge, skill, experience and motivational power that's already within your people. The majority of people in teams and organisations throughout the world are severely underutilised. Your team have probably more to offer in terms of skill, knowledge and experience and if you utilize that, you will achieve your business goals and you'll motivate them.

About The Author

Discover how you can generate more business by motivating your team!

Alan Fairweather is the author of "How to get More Sales by Motivating Your Team" This book is packed with practical things you can do to get the best out of your people.

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lostmindproductions 09.07.2013. 20:41

How to word a letter to my boss for promotion? I am currently a candidate for a store manager position at work. How do I word a letter to my boss informing him why I know I am fit for the position? I have proven time and time before that I get the job done effectively and efficiently through secret shopper reviews (scored highest all 3 times). I have excellent customer service skills, motivation, dedication, persistence, team building skills, team motivation skills, goal oriented, great sales average, great communication skills to customers and my boss. I have built relationships with customer who come to the store just to get services done by me. I have informed him that I want this position and would like to list or type a letter show him why I am the man for the job, how should I go about this?


Admin 09.07.2013. 20:41

You made a good list. I think that simply putting it down in a simple point by point list (like a resume except that it only focuses on your current job) would be plenty.

If you want to get extra creative, try to give him an idea that you have some insight into management. Let him know that you understand what the job would be and that you would be a good fit for it--rather than simply proving that you are the best in the store and reminding him that he needs to fill the spot. Also, I'd advise describing these rather than listing them. If you won the respect of your coworkers by knowing everything you can learn and sharing your knowledge freely and in a friendly way, then talk about how they already come to you when they have a question or a tricky issue. Rather than say you have team building and team motivation skills (which I really think you should take out of corporate-speak and translate to sales-speak or the way your shop talks, unless I'm wrong and your boss actually uses words like 'team building'), try talking about the ways you are able to get people motivated and working together.

Good luck. (Sounds like you are pretty good at making your own luck, so you may not need it, but good luck anyway.)


hunny 05.05.2013. 03:08

How to become a nearly elite runner? I don't want to be necessarily world elite. I just want to be high school elite. I haven't had a healthy season in a while, because I continue to get hurt? How can I not get hurt, have motivation work hard, and lose weight? I've put on about 15 pounds in a year and I think that is contributing to injuries. I am a sophomore in high school.
My personal bests are:
5k 22:30 (Freshman year)
1600 5:59 (Freshman year)
3200 13:15 (Frosh)
800 1:41 (Frosh)
Sophomore season bests:
Mile 6:10
800 2:44
5k too bad to tell
I have a road race coming up in 2 weeks. What can I do to stay in shape until then while I am out of season? How can I lose weight and work hard with motivation? Thanks.


Admin 05.05.2013. 03:08

Elite is a word that I no longer believes exist, at least as an obtainable goal. The truth is that, unless you are a genetic freak, you don't get that success. In college races are won by those who were good in high school and in high school the people who win races (big ones) are naturally good. So to some degree we will never be elite when we WANT to. However, what I have found is that the progress we make, the friends we make and our improvements can make us feel elite.

In high school I ran 5ks in 17:40's (17:13 pr), 36:00 10k and 1 hour for 10 miles, now as a senior in college I graduate with 5k in 15:19, 10km in 31:00, 10 miles in 53 minutes and 20 miles at 5:30 pace. I have now been running for 6 years. I enjoy what I do and know I can keep improving, in 3-4 more years after balancing it with work life, staying healthy ( which is the key to improvement) I hope to see 14:00, 29:00 and a sub 2:20 marathon. Some things I have found out:

1. Motivation to work hard comes from loving the sport....plain and simple. Set some goals and if you don't meet them, adjust your training in small ways (mileage, workout structure, getting enough rest, one day off per week or two and every third day is recovery during base and EVERY day after a hard workout is chill).
2. Rest- when building a mileage base every third day is easy, meaning that monday i ran 12 miles, tuesday i ran 17 miles, today I will run 8 miles ( two runs at a 8:30-9:00 pace, the other two days would have been 6:00-6:15 pace for example). During the season, after a workout is always a recovery day. You may feel no different but your body adapts differently with a recovery versus easy day and you get better. Do this run on the grass.
3. Do not expect to be good every race. During the summer i run 16:50's for the 5,000m because I am building my aerobic base and not doing speedwork ( do not do any speed sessions during the summer, just do a harder long run if you want and strides), when I add in speedwork I will run a 15:00 5k. The thing is that you can keep in shape all year but by dropping the speedwork you get out of shape anaerobically and get in shape aerobically which makes your "base fitness" increase and your ceiling fitness gets higher, you get better. That is the secret to being good. It takes years to get good, maybe up to 10 years, you gotta love running with yourself and others. Enjoy your teammates, I had to say goodbye this week, I will never run on a team again (college is done), love them and push each other.
4. Work with life- you are growing girl, that means ou will put on weight, your body will change, that is life and it happens to everyone. Work with your body.
5. After every season taek 2 weeks off and then start to train again. Start slow and build up again.
6. YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOOSE WEIGHT. YOUR BODY IS TRYING TO BECOME THE BODY OF A PHYSICAL WOMAN IN SIZE AND WEIGHT, IT IS NATURAL AND HAPPENS TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING GUYS, IT IS CALLED GROWING UP. You dont need a diet. You will get in shape with that weight on. I gained 20 pounds in my last growth spurt during high school and I got better haha.
7. Be happy with who you are. Enjoy your body and who you were made to be. Take pride. Know yourself.

That is everything I think.


kartik 24.07.2013. 16:32

I have decided to prepare for iit jee on my own. Where can i ask my doubts? I have decided to leave my coaching and start preparing on my own....i have modules from vidyamandir and Brilliant but they are 2-3 years old...should i buy a new correspondence course??? and where can i ask my doubts in pcm online?


Admin 24.07.2013. 16:32

Hi Kartik,

Best of luck for your preparation. Here are some points that should help you decide. They revolve around how to study and the resources to use for IIT.

Role of coaching classes:
1. IIT JEE preparation requires a lot of hardwork and motivation. The role played by coaching classes in most cases is to keep the students on track even when they are not motivated enough on certain days.
2. Access to teachers to clear doubts: I had 2 teachers who were very helpful and I used to ask them doubts about other subjects too. Most teachers are good enough to know all 3 subjects fairly well.
3. Constant performance tracking through test series & comparison with others.

What about studying?
Here's the secret:
I and my friends picked up 20% of the topic from the lectures, another 20% from theory books and rest 60% of the learning comes solely by solving a large number of problems!.

If you plan to study on your own, you need to make sure you have taken care of all of the above.

1. Keep motivated - meet friends who are serious too and share your progress and problems faced.

2. Find good teachers who can help
I have seen and they seem pretty decent for online doubt clearance.

3. Join a Test series - a national test series like Brilliant tutorials or Resonance. This will tell you in advance if you are failing

4. Find right theory books.
Brilliant and Vidyamandir books are not up to the mark for theory. Brilliants has a good but limited set of questions for practice. Vidyamandir questions I have not checked.

I recommend following books
Physics: HC Verma
Maths: Arihant publications are decently good (I came across lot of errors though)
Inorganic chemistry: I dont know the latest books
Physical Chemistry: P. Bahadur
Organic chemistry: Arihant (nice summaries - cant call it theory though). Morrison and Boyd and a small little gem of a book by Peter Sykes has video lectures and so does exponent education. You will have to find out their worth from online reviews. They are quite popular though.

For Practice and analysis:
If you have access to internet and wish to practice online, there will be nothing better than

Disclaimer: I am part of toppr team.
The above books will also have a large number of problems to practice.

The online tests of the Big Brands from Kota are just that - Big brands. They give test series, but wont be enough for practice.

My JEE credentials:
I cleared IIT JEE in 2005 with AIR 213. I studied from Mumbai and had joined a coaching class. After a couple of months, I realized I was lagging far behind. I started preparing at my own pace, rarely attending the classes. I got AIR 2502 in 2004. I took a drop and got AIR 213 in 2005. I regularly help students preparing for IIT JEE.


parkdad73 27.03.2007. 17:32

How do you create a resume that doesn't sound cliche? I was a manager and even when I put in numbers supporting my claims writing, "Effective leader who adds value by..." it all seem so cliche. I have been told by some to really let my personality out in the coverletter, but I am a very easy, laidback person and other people tell me that it doesn't come across as professional. What do I do to stand out?


Admin 27.03.2007. 17:32

HR recruiters contend they like to see a cover letter that provides enough enticement to read the resume carefully and thoughtfully. It may sound cliche but that is what they prefer. Remember the potential employer is looking for as close a fit as possible with its needs. The best you can do in a cover letter is express interest, highlight experience for applying, and then comments on personality style - team player, organized, friendly -- all the stuff they want to hear. Always support your accomplishments with awards and numbers. This shows the employer you have a proven skill base over someone who may just be summarizing job duties. Think of the top 3-5 accomplishments for each position held and try to match closely with what employer is looking for. Leave out distracting information from the focus of the position applying for it will be confusing to the recruiter. To stand out, just give the employer what they are looking for. Do some research on the company. Sometimes this helps show you are not just an ordinary candidate. Being laid back may be more of an advantage as "go-getter" types are being desired less and less. Producers are what employers look for. Someone who produces results. This shows motivation and a desire for learning which are keywords for a hiring manager. There are so many books on resumes and cover letters because people think there is some secret to landing an interview and job offer. There is not. Just the truth plain and simple in a focused and friendly fashion.


Kristi 01.05.2012. 14:15

so how about the nine lives of chloe king? Do you think she'll a least make more books? I hope there's away for that.
Cuz I want to know what happens Is bryan really dead? whats gonna happen between zane and alek? Will chloe's mother come home or did they do something to her?
I really want to know more about Zane and Alek? Will Zane or Alek kill each other or what?


Admin 01.05.2012. 14:15

Keep in mind the books and the Show are different stories. The books do not have Jasmine or Zane. There is a character that is like Zane (a traitor to the Mai) but his motivations are greed and directed at killing the offspring of the previous Mai Chosen Leader (Chloe and her sister) so that he can remain the leader. In the book by the time Brian and Chloe kiss Chloe's actions in protecting humans (Saving her adoptive mother) has lifted the curse. The Show tends to overemphasize the romantic aspects of the story at the expense of the parts of the story where Chloe refuses to accept the status quo and changes the relationship between the Mai and the Order. Brian also is part of that change but while he want to make a change he has difficulty in finding a way to make that happen. Chloe as a true leader is able to find a solution that does impact the nature of the relationship between the Mai and Order. As for whether or not there will be more books the author has indicated that there might be more stories in this post From July 7, 2011:

July 7th, 2011
04:46 pm - Boy Troubles: Another Answer to Fan Questions
These days, my inbox is all Team Alyec this and Team Brian that...
No, wait. Actually, it's just Team Alyec/Alec. Nobody seems to like the Pretty Human with the Family Secrets.

And boy, are fans livid! With only three books in the series and Brian getting the last say, well, it's looking pretty bad for the Boy Kitty from Eastern Europe.

I've reread the books recently and have to admit I see their point. I really enjoyed writing Alyec, and it shows. He's a lovable egotist, a serious goofball, a handsome rake. He's *funny.*
So someone finally asked what *I* thought about the fan reaction to Brian/Alyec/Chloe. It's pretty awesome. People are debating about the personal lives of people I made up? How flipping cool is *that?*

Here are my other answers, hopefully more satisfying to readers and watchers:

1. Neither the book series nor the television show is over yet.

2. Vote! I want to know:

3. And let's not forget that there are more than two boys in the world, of both Mai *and* human ancestry... and other...


Maple 23.10.2009. 01:09

How do I lose weight? I am almost 14 years old and 5' 2". I am very athletic; I play on three soccer teams and I fence, I also run long distance (6-8 miles) in a little over eight minute miles. But I'm overweight... I weight around 125 pounds. I eat very healthy; low fat, no dairy, low calorie, no junk food, and yet I can't lose weight. I have recently really lowered my calorie intake... I know its not healthy but I don't know what else to do. Help!


Admin 23.10.2009. 01:09

1 Dietary Balance and reading labels: watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It?s really that simple. This involves some calculation. The approximate normal daily caloric requirement for an average male who performs light activity is 2,200; for a female, it is 1,900.Do the math. Eat less and eat at least five meals a day. Your actual caloric requirement can differ depending on your height, weight, activity level and your body's metabolic rate.

2 Identify your exercise. No exercise was created equal. You might like running, so run. You might like jogging, so jog. You might like stationary bikes, so bike stationary. Find the one that works best for you. Don?t pick a routine that you don?t like and won?t stick with it for long.

3 Photos and Joining online support group : Take before and after photos. There?s no easier way to illustrate your progress. It?s essential that you not feel alone, and reaching out to friends (new or old) is typically a smart move. They know things that you couldn?t possibly know, and they?ve probably been ?in your shoes? at some point in the past (or present). Share stories, laughter, tears, successes, and failures - share them. There are thousands of communities out there, so keep looking until you find one that fits you.

4 Water you waiting for If you?re not drinking enough water, your body will let you know. Thirst is an amazing sensation ? quench it. If you?re not hydrated, your body won?t be working at peak levels. Most of your body happens to be water, by the way. If you?re worried about ?water weight,? remember that you?re likely to retain more water when you?re not giving your body enough of it in the first place. I?m not going to dictate how many glasses you should drink, though ? as that?s going to vary from person to person.

5 Zone out. There?s a reason why people exercise to their favorite music ? listening to external stimulus takes your mind off of the physical activity. That?s the secret to making ?exercise time? fly or situate yourself in front of a television or video games involving exercises.

6 Sleep it off. To be an efficient fat-burning machine, If you think that you?re doing yourself a favor by sleeping less, you?re mistaken. Give your body time to rest itself, both mentally and physically. Sleep is very, very important (if only for mental alertness for the following day). If you feel tired, that?s likely your body?s way of saying: ?Shut your eyes, stupid!?

7 Be confident, motivated and disciplined. You need to believe in yourself! You need to always encourage yourself to achieve the goals that you have set. Learn to evaluate your efforts fairly and objectively. If you fail to achieve your target for the week, find out why is it so. After evaluating, look ahead to next week Be consistent and disciplined, and have self motivation. To lose weight effectively, you need to stick to your weight loss plan religiously so as to see results. When you have the thought of giving up, visualize how good you will look when you manage to slim down successfully.


Jack 03.06.2013. 09:57

Goalkeeper tips for a 17 year old with 3/4 years XP? Hello, I got a game tonight in which I play in goal in a 7-a-side team, I used to play 5-a-side league in the top division until we got relegated and the team leader scrapped the team (Bad loser) then moved onto 7-a-side, now we have started a league in the bottom division and we haven't won a game, I had to play in defense for one game because we was a man short and the spare player was well lets say that he popular in the fast food business so he went in goal, but I sprained my ankle fairly bad (Bruising, blistered) within the 1st 5 mins but I was determined to play the whole match. I don't know if it's me or the team, we our lost our 2 games narrowly, 5-3, 3-1, we tend to have a 1st half lead and it's down to me to shout instructions, motivate, alert them, I'm only 5"8 but my reactions is what made me a goalkeeper, but the problem is that in the 2nd half we bottle it, long shots i struggle with but its the fact that the opposing team shouldn't be shooting from distance, How can i motivate my team better from a losing/ drawing position, and what tips could you give to me?


Admin 03.06.2013. 09:57

It is not about motivation its about skill. Here is the BIG secret. In most teams players pass the ball to the opposition 70% of the time. You see it all the time. Change that in your favor. Get your team to keep possession and always pass to each other. Tires the opposition quickly and demoralises them. I rarely lose a game.


MARS 05.09.2008. 02:51

Robert Kiyosaki "Rich Dad Poor Dad" Real Estate Advice? How safe is buying real estate for rental purposes? Kiyosaki shows a very attractive side of buying real estate for rental properties. I'd like to hear:

1. Some real estate nightmares from rental properties.
2. People who have heard of his teachings and agre with his methods or disagreed.
3. People who have actually used his information and profited from it.


Admin 05.09.2008. 02:51

R. Kiyosaki's books are great reads to get you into the mindset of the rich. What they lack is specific details of direction. For the most part, his books are more motivational than instructional or directional. I do agree with a large majority of his teachings, and utilize the mindset he preaches.
I am a full time professional RE investor and make 100% of my current income from that business and I can tell you from experience that RE is one of the best, most profitable, highest return investments you can make (if done correctly). No other investment vehicle offers the multiple income streams (cash flow, tax deductions, appreciation, forced appreciation) that RE does.
Over time, will you have a bad tenant and have to evict - YES. Is it a pain - Yes. Is it rocket science - NO.
The truth is, there are no "secrets" as the gurus attempt to make people think and the only thing you need is some education on the topic, great members on your team (mentor, property inspector, agent, property manager, etc.), and the motivation and determination to take action to reach your goals and dreams.


Chuck 01.02.2013. 21:45

Help with getting a six pack? Im 13, 5'7 and weigh around 125 pounds. I have a flat stomach due to running more frequently (mile every other day). I did swim in the summer which really made me lose weight, and now I have a flat stomach. The problem is that I dont have a 6 pack like all of my friends and i want to know the secret to getting one. Ive been eating mostly cooked at home meals and have eaten minimal junk food lately. I have a split down my stomach and that is the closest I have to abs. I really want to know how to get the toned abs that I really want. I don't own any excersising equipment whatsoever, although my mom goes to the gym 2-3 days a week. I would also like to know how to really get motivated. Mainly due to the fact that I want to attract more girls, and have a better chance at making the baseball team in a month. Im so close and I know I am and I just want those abs. How do I get them? Im in the third stage of puberty if that is needed to tell what I must do. Thanks for the help!


Admin 01.02.2013. 21:45

Hey man. So your younger then me and ur still developing ur core but stick w the swimming for sure bc it will keep u lean and def tone u up. Your doing good w the skipping crappy junk and def also leave the sodas as much as poss bc there all sugar and u will have a better result w water and milk/juices [not sugary juices tho]. So heres some of wat i do.
1. situps [alternate left elbow to right knee] and then do the opposite of it
2. swim
3. pull ups [soooo hard but u will FEEL it]
4. 6 inches [lay flat on floor and raise ur legs together off the floor like 6inches off the ground then raise them up to a 45 degree angle] looks like this o--/ then lower ur legs together [always keep them togeth] and back to 6 inches and then to the ground {KILLER ABS WORKOUT] and u WILL FEEL it!! DO as many as u can [all the exercises] w/o hurting urself and build up to 3-5 sets of 10 or watev ur comf with. u can do them daily and skip the weekend or alternate every other day [ur bod needs a break].
5. burpees [find them on youtube for demos]
6. that should get u started ;) and if ur moms hitting the gym then mab see if u can go along and use the equip there.
7.motivation??? when u see the other guys w/abs and u have them too u won't need more motivation becuz..LOOKING + FEEL AMAZING + CONFIDENCE=HAPPY GUY :))
8.take care of ur bod/trim ur junk or shave it [carefully!! theres lots of q's on here that tell how to!]and keep ur bod healthy by knowing wat u put into it. remember carbs=energy [before workout] and protein=muscle builder [after workout] cool w ur tool and be safe!!

;) good luck man/peace


Chuck 01.02.2013. 02:50

Help with getting a six-pack? Im 13, 5'7 and weigh around 125 pounds. I have a flat stomach due to running more frequently (mile every other day). I did swim in the summer which really made me lose weight, and now I have a flat stomach. The problem is that I dont have a 6 pack like all of my friends and i want to know the secret to getting one. Ive been eating mostly cooked at home meals and have eaten minimal junk food lately. I have a split down my stomach and that is the closest I have to abs. I really want to know how to get the toned abs that I really want. I don't own any excersising equipment whatsoever, although my mom goes to the gym 2-3 days a week. I would also like to know how to really get motivated. Mainly due to the fact that I want to attract more girls, and have a better chance at making the baseball team in a month. Im so close and I know I am and I just want those abs. How do I get them? Im in the third stage of puberty if that is needed to tell what I must do. Thanks for the help!


Admin 01.02.2013. 02:50

It seems that you have a low body fat percentage, but no muscle tone. Not to worry though, abs are a relatively easy muscle to sculpt due to the fact that six packs look good even when they're showing just a little. What i would truly recommend is starting a complete workout regimen. Training just one part of your body will not make it grow effectively because your body doesn't want to be disproportional. Check out, there is really some amazing stuff on there and they'll teach you every last thing you need to know about building muscle. Also one more thing, you're going to have a hard time gaining muscle since, just by what you've described, im guessing you're a very skinny dude. You need to start eating appropriate calories for your body weight to gain lean body mass. Lean body mass includes muscle and minmal fat gains. A proper amount of calories for someone who is as active as you would be your body weight x 22 on working out days, and your body weight x 20 on normal days. This will help you gain weight in a very sufficient and healthy way. make sure you're not eating crap though. Make sure you're getting the right amount of macro-nutrients per day. assuming you don't know what that means, macro nutrients are carbs proteins and fats. You'll want about 250 carbs a day, 125-150 grams of protein a day, and around 40 grams of fat. I know its a lot of information here, but thats the only way you're going to get it done. Also, doing it the right way, (the way i described) will get you a legitamate six pack, and not just the skinny-pack that im' sure the other 13 year olds you know have. Itll take some time, but go on bodybuilding and start learning man. Working out and bodybuilding are motivation enough once you go to the gym once. Its an awesome feeling.


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