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 9 of 23 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, author and public speaker Simon Sinek answers "What Have You Found to Be the Key to Creating Successful Project Collaborations?" Sinek notes collaborative success comes from first being clear on goals and how the individual and team will contribute to those goals. Clarity here creates motivation built upon shared values and beliefs teams can use to successfully work together. Sinek notes how self-centered behavior breaks down trust.
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.
A major new survey by Gallup finds that it isn’t where you go to college that is predictive of whether you are successful at work and happy in life - rather, it matters what you do while you’re in school that counts. Douglas Belkin reports. Photo: Getty Images.
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 4 of 20 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Carrot Creative social media agency CEO Mike Germano answers "What Role Has Reflection Played in Shaping Your Personal Growth?" Germano does not use reflection to think on bad decisions. Instead, he reflects to think about where he has been and the story that has developed since. He uses an example of how he can relate the story of his company to where he was and who he was with when celebrating success.
In Chapter 1 of 14 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Moo.com CEO Richard Moross answers "What Childhood Experiences Have Been Most Fundamental in Shaping Who You Are Today?" Moross shares how several "knock back moments" in his childhood fueled anger he equates to Incredible Hulk moments. Over time, he learns to channel this anger and frustration into motivation, which he ultimately uses to start a business and become an entrepreneur. Richard Moross is founder and CEO of Moo.com.
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 14 of 21 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, social entrepreneur Louise Langheier answers "What Leadership Skills Are Becoming More Relevant as Your Career Progresses?" She finds leading and managing people progressively important as she grows her non-profit Peer Health Exchange. To Langheier, that leadership is about building meaningful employee connections into the organization that leave team members fulfilled and keep them motivated to make an impact in their work.
In Chapter 10 of 21 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, social entrepreneur Louise Langheier answers "What Does It Mean to Be a Leader in What You Do?" Langheier shares how being a leader is about pushing yourself to grow and improve and also to invest in the growth and development of the people you lead. She finds celebrating successes of those on her team give her great joy, make her successful, and motivate her to continue finding pathways to invest in the success of her employees.