Your job may be difficult and tedious at times, but there are steps you can take every day to find a little bit of joy in what you do. Motivational expert Tim Shurr discusses ways to improve your happiness.
In Chapter 10 of 10 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, software engineer Chris Hinkle answers "How Are You Learning to Better Manage and Motivate Teams?" Hinkle shares that while he does from time to time need to instill motivation and be a leader, he finds he is more comfortable crafting work collaboratively with teams and less interested managing teams. By creating great work together with his teams, Hinkle finds the career advice and motivational aspects occur naturally in the process.
In Chapter 9 of 16 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, educator and designer Jon Kolko answers "What Does It Mean to Perform Under Pressure in the Work That You Do?" Jon finds that intrinsic motivation approaches better suit designers than extrinsic ones. He finds extrinsic factors tied to strategic goals are less tangible and can come across as fire drills and do more harm than good to design team productivity. As he grows, he looks for ways to nuance both tools managing his team.
In Chapter 13 of 14 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, creative director and brand marketer Doug Jaeger answers "How Are You Learning to Better Manage and Motivate Teams?" Jaeger finds how he works best in spurts and builds his management style around this on and off approach. He makes sure to check in with his team when taking breaks from his own work and make sure there are no obstacles in their way. He favors this more casual approach over planning regular meetings.
In Chapter 3 of 11 in his 2011 interview, education reporter Yoav Gonen answers "When are You at Your Best?" Gonen notes how working in a deadline driven environment motivates him to do his best work. As a result, he has made it a point to find work where deadlines are fundamental to the job. Yoav Gonen is the education reporter for the New York Post newspaper in New York City. He earned a Masters of Journalism degree from New York University and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.
In Chapter 12 of 17 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, educator and entrepreneur Michael Margolis answers "How Are You Learning to Better Manage and Motivate Teams?" Margolis shares two ways he is building these skills as he grows his small business. The first is how getting to know each employee personality allows him create a workplace better suited for employee learning and development. The second is having a company mission and vision employees embrace.
In Chapter 12 of 19 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, standup comedian Matt Ruby finds fear motivates him to practice enough to perform at levels that meet his expectations. He notes how a string of bad shows, where he is not doing as well as he could be doing, pushes him to compare his performance and push himself to succeed. He notes how technology can be a negative influence on his productivity and how unplugging is important for him to stay on track and produce new comedy material.
In Chapter 17 of 22 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, elementary charter school network CEO Preston Smith answers "How Are You Learning to Better Manage and Motivate Teams?" Smith shares how he now is learning to lead an executive team after leading more junior staff as a grade school principal. Smith finds leading executive team members means making sure to honor their respective strengths and experience, asking the right questions on the right topics, and knowing when to be hands-off.
In Chapter 14 of 18 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, author and entrepreneur Nina Godiwalla answers "What Skills Are You Working on Right Now to Get Better at Your Job?" As a small business owner, Godiwalla realizes she can choose where she spends her time. She also realizes that in order to do what she enjoys doing most she also has to address how work she does not enjoy doing gets done. Figuring out whether to buckle down and handle that work or to hire staff to do that work.
In Chapter 2 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, New York City reporter Yoav Gonen answers "Where Did You Learn Your Work Ethic?" Gonen shares how learning to work hard and develop a work ethic came naturally by doing things he enjoyed. He finds just because it is called "work" it does not have to feel that way if you have fun doing it. When smaller tasks need to come before more enjoyable ones, he takes an eager approach to knock out short-term tasks to work on long-term projects.