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    Smile new ways to motivate your minions!

    I run a small team of people at work and I'm always looking for new ways to motivate them to acheive things... bribery, positive feedback... creepy Sting like tendancies to let them know that I'll be watching them... all kinds of things!

    However, I am not the be all, end all on information on figuring out how to motivate groups of people and if anyone else has some suggestions they would be quite appreciated
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    I read a book called Motivate Your Minions (j/k) no actually called Drive: the Surprising Truth About Motivation or something like that. I thought it was really good and was tempted to anonymously send a free copy to one of the managers at my last company. Even just the reviews of it on Amazon summarize it nicely and are useful.

    Do your minions do mundane work, or work that requires thought and creativity? To oversimplify, if they do work that requires thought and creativity, then they need lots of freedom to learn and excel. If it's mundane, then they need empathy, encouragement, and incentives/ rewards.

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    they do sales in a position where they are left independent of someone looking over thier shoulder all day long, so I always need to come up with ideas to get them feeling more motivated themselves...

    and I actually bought a former boss a book and sent it to him anonymously about why it was more useful to be loved than feared... he was an asshole and needed it
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    At my Monday morning sales meetings, I used to slide a couple c-notes down the conference table to the person I thought did a great job last week. No one knew when I would do it next, so they all broke their necks trying to be the next "C-note person." Needless to say, sales took an upswing.

    Amazing what some people will do for money and a moment in the spotlight.
    A little competition never hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    they do sales in a position where they are left independent of someone looking over thier shoulder all day long, so I always need to come up with ideas to get them feeling more motivated themselves...
    Hm, well have a look at the Drive book if you're interested, you might find some useful ideas in there.


    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    and I actually bought a former boss a book and sent it to him anonymously about why it was more useful to be loved than feared... he was an asshole and needed it
    Oooooh, awesome! What book was it??? Maybe I'll do it too!

    Here's to asshole managers:

    But if I really want it to be anonymous , I prob'ly need to wait awhile before sending it since I just left the company....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    At my Monday morning sales meetings, I used to slide a couple c-notes down the conference table to the person I thought did a great job last week. No one knew when I would do it next, so they all broke their necks trying to be the next "C-note person." Needless to say, sales took an upswing.

    Amazing what some people will do for money and a moment in the spotlight.
    A little competition never hurts.
    So what? The c-note was a fake placebo pill? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    At my Monday morning sales meetings, I used to slide a couple c-notes down the conference table to the person I thought did a great job last week. No one knew when I would do it next, so they all broke their necks trying to be the next "C-note person." Needless to say, sales took an upswing.

    Amazing what some people will do for money and a moment in the spotlight.
    A little competition never hurts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    So what? The c-note was a fake placebo pill? Lol.
    Actually, it sounds like a great idea to me, if done well. You can't argue with success....

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    I'm not yet at a point in my career to bribe them with nice amounts of cash, but I have pondered bribing with cookies or lunch... both of which are things that my team really, really likes (they could also easily be bribed by beer probably )

    and I'll have to check the book out... wonder if it's available on kindle?

    currently I get thier goals for the week on Monday morning and then check in with them every evening to keep tabs on thier mentality and things of that sort... if they hit thier goals I bring it up at the next team meeting and congratulate them and such... just looking for fresh new ideas- and for things involving overall improvement as well as just selling a lot of stuff!
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    Go to the CEO and tell him you want to create some incentives. They work.
    It comes out of his pocket, not yours.

    First person to write X number of deals gets:

    A
    B
    C
    D


    This is not a new concept.
    Any company that sells anything, provides $$ bonuses for its reps.
    It's all based on production.
    Daily, weekly, monthly - use your imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    A little competition never hurts.
    This.

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