Motivating Your Team: How To Get The Best Work From Your Team
Kareem Elsirafy on Leadership and Motivation: How to Inspire Teamwork and Productivity
Working with a startup is undeniably appealing, especially for those who enjoy a dynamic work environment as well as the opportunity to be an integral part of building something special from the ground-up. As the leader of a startup, you are probably already aware of some of the downsides as well, including the inherent unpredictability associated with an early stage startup endeavor.
In order to ensure your team members are consistently productive and thoroughly inspired to meet the highest quality standards, you have to understand how to properly motivate your team at all times in the context of a potentially unpredictable startup environment. The following strategies are effective motivational tools designed to ensure team members respond to your leadership and work together to create a productive culture that will ultimately help attract additional talented team members as the company expands in the future.
Setting Measurable Goals and Objectives
It is important that team members are able to recognize the progress they are making toward the achievement of specific short- and long-term goals and objectives. These goals cannot be so vague or broad that they cannot be reasonably measured; instead, you should provide team members with concrete, measurable goals and objectives that are clearly understood by all team members. Productivity levels tend to rise as team members feel a sense of accomplishment while making demonstrable progress toward a critical goal or objective.
Providing Appropriate Feedback and Support
While it is certainly the case that setting concrete, measurable goals and objectives for team members to pursue will serve as an effective form of motivation in and of itself, offering feedback and providing support on a regular basis further enhances your team’s overall productivity levels. It is your responsibility to recognize the achievements of your team members, including those that might be considered relatively minor achievements.
Team members have to feel that their work is appreciated, and you should never assume your team members know how appreciative you are if you only occasionally say so explicitly. It only takes a moment to offer a few words of praise, so take advantage of every opportunity to clearly demonstrate your appreciation for the quality work your team has produced.
As a leader, it is equally necessary to prove your appreciation by providing the appropriate amount of support to a particular project. How you choose to allocate resources to a project is often viewed as an indicator of its worth, so make sure you engage in deep discussions with your team members so you have a clear understanding of the support a project will need in order to be successful. If there are resource limitations that simply cannot be avoided, you can outline the limitations and work together to find an adequate solution.
Connecting Tasks to a Larger Purpose
Team members are simply more likely to produce exceptional work when they understand the importance of any particular task assigned to them. If you take the time to connect each task you assign to a larger purpose, team members will be motivated and energized by the opportunity to work on a project they recognize as clearly important to the company’s success.
About the author — Kareem Elsirafy, Managing Partner Modus Capital
Entrepreneur and organizational architect, Kareem Elsirafy is known for providing expert strategic planning advice by leveraging his unique understanding of causal relationship economics as well as operational design.