Friday, 21 June 2013

Confidence is an OUTCOME that is gained through H.O.P.E.

Some people may SEEM confident, and others may actually BE confident, but most of us want to be MORE confident.  How do we get there?

If we set ourselves the target of being more confident, it can seem a dauntingly impossible task.  Some of us cite a lack of self-confidence as a reason we can't or aren't able to do something.  We treat our lack of confidence as a hurdle that we know will trip us up every time.  But it is actually the fact that we don't try or take a risk that exacerbates a lack of confidence.

'Why can't some of us own our achievements
and feel a boost to the self-esteem?'

On the other hand, there are plenty of us who do take risks, even big risks, and still, painfully, feel a lack of confidence.  Many leaders reach senior level but remain caught in this cycle.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

How do you motivate staff? Actually, you can't...

There has been a lot written about how to motivate staff.  In fact, one of my favourite articles that I have shared with dozens of clients is called "How Do You Motivate Employees?" by Frederick (Godfather-of-Motivation) Herzberg.  Then in 2009, I heard Richard Ryan of the University of Rochester speak at the BPS conference.  He talked about his research with Edward Deci, their Self-Determination Theory, and the three motivators common across all cultures.  THIS made real sense to me.  Their theories were then popularized by Daniel H. Pink in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  Oh how I loved this. I recommended it to clients, and in particular I recommended the YouTube video that describes Pink's book in 10 minutes.  But lately, as my clients struggle with staff who feel disaffected, concerned about the future, and let's face it, unhopeful, I've started to wonder if any of us can actually motivate someone else?  I think the answer is, "No, we can't."  But I do believe we can focus on motivating ourselves and creating the environment for motivation in our teams.  Heck, as employees we've already taken over the management of our careers rather than look to the company to do it.  Why don't we now take over our own motivation, too?