WATCH: Are You Providing The 3 Modern Fundamentals of Motivation?

There are three fundamentals of motivation that 21st Century employees need to have in order to be motivated.

Are you providing them? 

If not, you may lose your best people to your competition.  Check out this short video that explains them in just 150 seconds. 

Today I’d like to talk to you about Motivation and in particular the “PAM” or P-A-M Approach to Motivation, and this was popularised by Dan Pink in his excellent book Drive, so I highly recommend that book.  

What I’d like to do is talk about these three approaches that when they come together, really inspire and motivate people. So then you have your team highly motivated. 


Motivation by Purpose

It’s becoming more important than ever to ensure that you have – and clarify – ‘Purpose’. What is the Purpose of your Organization, your business? What’s the Purpose of the team that this person is working in? What’s the Purpose of their job and what’s the Purpose of the things they’re doing day-to-day? Without Purpose, without meaning, people just go like what’s the point? Why bother? And how does that also fit into their career aspirations or where it is that they want to be?  How does that fit in with their greater Purpose about what they want to achieve from their work?  The more you can link clear Purpose at all those levels to the things that they’re doing, the more motivated people will be. The outcomes that they’ll actually get, the “Why.”


The more Autonomy you can give, the more motivated they’ll be

The next piece is “Autonomy.”  Autonomy is all about making sure that you get clarity of where they can make decisions. What decisions they can make and where they can make decisions in the tasks that they’re doing. Because without autonomy a lot of stress is actually produced.  As human beings, if their autonomy is curtailed, they  will actually get very stressed, think pessimistically, get tunnel vision and not be very creative. So, the more autonomy you can give someone, the more ownership they can have, about the decisions they can make,  about the tasks they are doing,  the more motivated they’ll be.  


Motivation by Mastery

And finally, what you have is “Mastery.”  And I love this because Mastery is all about developing skills and if people aren’t developing skills in your place, in your team, in your workplace, for your business, they’ll do it elsewhere. They’ll find something else to do outside of work and become really good at playing a particular game or doing something in their community. 

So by combining Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery, you will get a very happy bunny and lots and lots of people who are really motivated and willing to work for you.

So remember that and stay curious! 


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