It’s natural that senior managers focus immediately goes to profits, for profits are real, measurable and a goal. However, to get there organisations need to consider deferring immediate gratification and explore the less tangible world of motivation, of feelings and wants of people; if we can do this, the rewards are vast because productivity gains will be enormous.
Performance is about being on top of our work, of being able to achieve things for both ourselves and for the organisation, and, if we perform at a high level for any length of time we start becoming extremely productive. Thus, it can be argued that productivity is the number one thing that employers want from their employees; it is self evidently ‘mission critical’.
In order to increase performance, and, in turn, productivity in our people, a sole focus on required skills is not enough. Employees need to be motivated, and, just like any other element of measurement in our business we need an audit.
Motivational Maps is the world proven methodology for looking at individual and team motivation. The programme is used by some of the world’s leading organisations to increase performance and productivity in harmony with their more traditional skills focused training strategies.
A sole focus on the direction and required skills in an organisation alone is insufficient. The core feature that guarantees that employees will perform at a high level is motivation – in other words the particular energy which enables employees to undertake and complete tasks that are necessary to achieve the project goal. Your people can be going in the right direction and have all the skills and knowledge in the world, but if they have no ‘energy’ they are not going to get far. Think about a car; you point the steering wheel to advance in the right direction, the engine and chassis are superbly designed to enable a comfortable ride; but the car has no petrol and so, unless pushed for a sustained period, will not get anywhere.
Think about your team and the difference to their productivity if they and you had real insight into what motivated them, what gave them energy, enthusiasm and engagement in their work. Now think about how much more productive they would be as individuals and a team if this increased self perception were to be applied alongside their existing skills and the clear direction provided by you as a leader.
The outcome is one of a highly engaged team that will be performing at a level that allows productivity to surpass your targets, goals and expectations.