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How to Up Team Motivation (Without Upping Salaries!)

You need to motivate your team members - but you can’t afford to!

It’s a tough one.

You’ve got fantastic employees. You want to keep them happy so they’ll keep giving you stellar work. But your budget doesn’t let you go the conventional route - raising their salaries.

Luckily, there’s another way. You CAN keep employees happy and committed without spending funds you don’t have.

How? By giving them a role to play in your story.

There’s a reason you pour your heart into your organization every day (and night!)

There’s Torah to be spread. Young minds to be molded. Neshamos to be kindled.

And then there’s YOU.

Your work builds Torah. Builds generations. Builds eternity.

It’s an epic story. And you’re the hero. (see this past post)

Want to boost your team-members’ motivation? Invite them to become heroes as well.

Sure, they’re already aware that what they’re doing is important. But that awareness often gets obscured by the humdrum. It’s hard to feel passion that’s buried under reams of emails to answer, paperwork to fill out, bills to pay.

When you offer your staffers a role in your story, you rekindle their fire. You revitalize their sense of mission.

Even more – you empower them to take proactive steps in furthering that mission. Without any prompting from you.

So, how to do it?

Here’s the formula:

[Employee’s name], we’re on a mission to _______. If we don’t accomplish this mission, [X important thing] won’t happen. If we do accomplish it, [Y wonderful thing] will happen. We need YOU to _______ so we can accomplish our mission.

Simple. Clarify your mission. Demonstrate what’s at stake if your mission doesn’t succeed. Paint a clear picture of success. And show your team member that he’s needed to make it happen.

Next time you want to motivate a team member, sit them down and clarify:

  1. Your mission
  2. The cost of failing to accomplish it
  3. The gain of succeeding in it
  4. The specific role they play in that success

There you have it. Four simple steps to rekindle their fire.

Want to see it burn even brighter?

Take one more step and concretize your story. 

How? By creating a character to embody it.

What types of individuals does your organization target? Create a verbal picture of one such individual. Then plug this character into your formula:

  • How will this specific individual loose out if you don’t fulfill your mission?
  • How will this person gain if your mission succeeds?
  • What’s your team-member’s role in helping this person?

You’re no longer speaking ideas. You’re making your employee’s contribution real.

Everyone on your staff can use an injection of passion. Use this exercise with all your team members  – even the ones you’re paying “enough.” 

You’ll see a sharp uptick in motivation – without the slightest dip in your bottom line.

Have a great fundraising week


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