Friday, May 18, 2012

Announcing Our Motivation Policy

"I just don't get it. We pay higher bonuses than anyone else in the industry.... Yet, my subordinates don't seem to be motivated enough to perform at the highest level... They seem to do just enough to get the job done, but passion and ownership is totally missing."

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Most managers struggle when it comes to motivating their subordinates. Most try really hard to do whatever they can, and constantly ask themselves what more they can do. And therein lies the problem... you cannot motivate anyone. The truth is, like most of us, employees are motivated by their own unique self-interest. Unless your actions directly address an employee's self-interest, any motivational initiatives you attempt are likely to fail.

- Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders, by Rajeev Peshawaria

Peshawaria hasn't reinvented the wheel; he's basically recycling much of what Gallup found true during their monumental 25-year study of what creates successful staff relationships and buy-in for delivering high performance. But's it's worth recycling.

As the Estate Manager, how are you satisfying your domestic staff team members' individual needs, to meet your estate goals?  Are you announcing motivational policy - or are you addressing your individual staff members' unique motivational needs?