By Pascal Finette via theheretic.org Article
“Peter Drucker once said: ‘We know nothing about motivation. All we can, is write books about it.’
In all the time I spent building and leading teams, the one thing I learned is: You can’t really motivate anyone to do anything (at least not in the long run).
Humans are complex creatures and pretty much any trick in the book to “motivate” is easily spotted and falls flat.
What I believe you have to do instead, is to first hire the right people. Hire people who have very high levels of intrinsic motivation. People who burn to work for your organization. People who would work for you even if you wouldn’t pay them.
Next paint a clear picture of the future, establish the social norms and build your culture. Get everyone on the same page, make sure everyone understands what it is you want to achieve and how you want to get there.
And then get out of their way. Let them do what they need to do. And make sure you remove anything in their way, which could demotivate them.
You can’t motivate someone to do something. But you surely can demotivate folks. Hire the right people, set them up for success and remove any obstacles.”
The Best Meeting of the Day, The Standup Meeting
“A stand-up meeting is a daily team meeting held to provide a status update to the team members. This meeting is also referred to as Obeya in Japanese, meaning ‘the big room’; in agile circles a ‘scrum’ or huddle; and in the automotive industry ‘fast response’.
The purpose of these meetings is essentially the same:
- Alignment through communication with the team
- Identification and remedies for roadblocks
So what do we talk about during the daily stand-up? Well, Yesterday, Today, and Obstacles.
… focus the meeting using the following format:
- Start the meeting early in the day.
- Should last no more than 15 minutes.
- The entire team should attend (use a delegate or liaison for support). …
- What did I accomplish yesterday?
- What will I do today?
- What obstacles are impeding my progress? …
- Consider the use of a kitchen timer to ensure your meetings won’t last more 15 minutes. …
- Pass a talking stick around so there is less cross-talk. (A strong facilitator is beneficial.) …
- Highlight issues but solve them later, this meeting is not for extended conversations.”