Friday, November 19, 2010

Why Do You Work? What Moves You?

  • What gets you pumped, energized, jumping into action?
  • What gets you out of bed each morning?
  • What gets your team members out of bed each morning?
  • What would it be like if you and each your team members knew and each were doing more work that is aligned with the inner passions?
Sure, we need to earn, to pay bills, and so on. Very simplistically speaking, we are born, we get an education, we get a job, we earn, we pay bills, and then bang, one day we're done. But is that it? I think not.

In my recent posts, I have written about the 4 behavior styles, which are important for that understanding, and application, significantly contributes to:
  • Improved communication
  • Improved personal and professional relationships
  • Higher levels of workplace engagement
  • Greater productivity and performance
To further strengthen relationships as well as live more fulfilled lives, it's also important to understand what at our core moves us. Then when we do work that is more in alignment with that deeper passion, work and life become more enjoyable and we're more successful too. With that in mind, over the next 6 posts, as promised, I'll share with you some insights into each of the 6 workplace motivators.

Of course, as with behaviors, please note that each of these motivators which you are about to learn are present within every individual. Only the degree of each varys and that they all interact in various ways to move people into action. Therefore, in a nutshell, it's important to understand these behaviors and motivations in totality rather then each in isolation of the other.

So what I am sharing with you is a very simplistic overview of each of the motivators. To better understand what moves you and your team members into action, and how they then carry out those actions, it's important to take the assessment and have it professionally interpreted.

In the meantime, my hope is by your gaining these basic insights alone will start to help you in various ways. Of course, if you have any questions, please just ask.


Shelby Truxon said...

Hi Vinay,

I look forward to the series on the different behavior styles. While reading the last one I was wondering if we all have a bit of each. I certainly saw a little of myself in all of them with one being more dominant than the rest. I see you answered my question in this post. I actually gained better understanding after taking a similar course at my church. It gave me clarity on how to lead within the ministry I was over, but not without challenges of course. I think if we had learned it all together as a group we may have operated more as a team, filling in where others were weak.

Have you seen varying results between a team learning the behavior styles vs just an individual?

Vinay Kumar said...

Hi Shelby,

First, I am so glad you are looking forward to these posts. Reading your note so warmed my heart. Thank you.

I so strongly believe that understanding and applying this knowledge not only improves business performance, it also leads to happier workplace.

In regards to your question about impact when this is applied to teams? Great question. Thanks for asking.

I have taken numerous teams through the process where I administered both behaviors and motivators assessments. In each and every case, that lead to improved communication and some role realignment, taking into account each individuals natural strengths and motivations. As for impact on results? Read on.

I am happy to also happy to report that in each incident, each team, and continues to this day, experienced significantly improved results, let alone improved relationships. Without a doubt, this stuff works and is one of the best investments businesses can make, for both teams and individuals.

If more questions, ask away. I love this stuff so am happy to answer any and all question as well as am happy to help you in your ministry.

Happy Thanksgiving.