Motivating Your Team To Win
April 25, 2012
Motivating folks and having a motivating environment isn’t about bright clever posters. It starts with a management philosophy.
I think it is about creating a “vibe”, a feel, a way to doing business. All business units have personalities.
Fun, respect and passion seem to rise to the top of my list.
I remember sharing my thoughts years ago with R&R’s Erica Farber. Here are a few of the key elements of my philosophy on motivation from back that I still employ today.
- Understand that great ideas emanate from all corridors’; it is not just the guy/gal sitting in the corner office. I am big on consensus management and training.
- One of my favorite quotes is “Life is a Seminar——you learn each day.” I really believe in my people. They have great ideas. Whether it is an intern or a VP of the company, I am always listening for ideas from all corridors.”
- The most empowering question you can pose an employee is “how would you solve this?” People are motivated when they feel that YOU care and that they can make a different. Show that you care. And really care.
- Remember the importance of saying Thank You. Your employees like to be acknowledged and thanked for their special efforts. At our stations we give out a parking space each month for the employee of the month. Spotlighting team members doing things right can inspire the whole team.
- A big part of motivating is simply listening. Listen to employees when they talk about their life and their work. I love to spend time moving around the station. In fact, at one point in business circles, they coined a phrase: MBWA……management by wandering around. Gosh, I was doing it without knowing it was an official strategy!
- We are in a pressurized/disruptive industry. Remind your employees to have fun. Laugh and be a little silly (at times).
- It’s also important to do things as a group. We have done Festive Fridays, trips to NY to see plays and river cruises. People that spend time with each other and learn about each other work better together.
- It is so cool to learn about employee’s talents. The other day, I found out one of our IT people….was an accomplished violin player and taught lessons.
- Always show respect for your employees and the unique talents they possess.
Dan Henrickson is making Greater Media great in his role as Station Manager at Magic 98.3 and WCTC.