How do I motivate my team?

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Step1: find the right people

get Growth-type people

Step 2: understand the factors behind motivation

From Dan Pink’s very famous book “Drive”



Autonomy – Creative Freedom
Mastery – Desire for Self Improvement
Purpose – the cause commit to as to why we do things.

From Dan Pink himself, in one of the most popular Ted Talks of all time.

https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_the_puzzle_of_motivation?language=en
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also you need to keep people within the “Flow zone” to avoid anxiety and boredom

https://medium.com/swlh/flow-a-productive-antidote-to-anxiety-and-boredom-1b015be966b

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Where are the Motivated people I want for my team?

these sought after motivated people are Growth-type people.


Not everyone is at this level, those who do not even desire to leave the Existence stage are not worth your time, don’t stress over trying to teach them.

people can only get to this stage if the lower level stages are met, when existence needs is satisfied by a good income (or when coming from a well-off family and when relationship needs are met by families, friends,partner)

Alderfer’s ERG Theory

from wikipedia

Alderfer further developed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs by categorizing the hierarchy into his ERG theory (ExistenceRelatedness and Growth).

The existence group is concerned with providing the basic material existence requirements of humans. They include the items that Maslow considered to be physiological and safety needs.
Alderfer categorized the lower order needs (Physiological and Safety) into the Existence category.

The relatedness group, the desire people have for maintaining important interpersonal relationships. These social and status desires require interaction with others if they are to be satisfied, and they align with Maslow’s social need and the external component of Maslow’s esteem classification.
He fit Maslow’s interpersonal love and esteem needs into the Relatedness category.

The growth group, an intrinsic desire for personal development. These include the intrinsic component from Maslow’s esteem category and the characteristics included under self-actualization. The Growth category contained the self-actualization and self-esteem needs. Alderfer also proposed a regression theory to go along with the ERG theory.

He said that when needs in a higher category are not met then individuals redouble the efforts invested in a lower category need. For example if self-actualization or self-esteem is not met then individuals will invest more effort in the relatedness category in the hopes of achieving the higher need.[1]