8 Ways To Motivate Without Money

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If you came for money, you’ll leave for money.
— Marting Zwilling

I don't love money. But I like it. I appreciate and understand its place in our world and in our work. Everyone likes money to some degree. But is it the thing that motivates your team the most? Is it your greatest motivator? 

Jon Peacock, our Lead Pastor, brought a source to my attention recently that is guiding me towards 8 other ways that motivate my team. I've also identified what motivates me.

To give more credit to the source of this content, it is from a great book by Steve Strope called Tribal Church.

Let's get right to the list. Here's what motivates people:

1. Public/Private Praise

People who are motivated by their performance being acknowledged publicly or privately. Tip: people are particular about public vs. private. Getting that wrong can demotivate a person.

2. Access

People who are motivated by getting to spend intentional time with their Leader/Manager. Giving access to your life, without saying a word, is the greatest form of leadership.

@@Giving access to your life, without saying a word, is the greatest form of leadership.@@

3. Input

People who are motivated by getting the chance to weigh in on decisions. Remember, weigh in produces buy-in.

@@Weigh in produces buy-in.@@

4. Responsibility

People who are motivated by having more significant work added to their plate. Keyword: Significant. Tasks produce followers and responsibility produces leaders.

@@Tasks produce followers and responsibility produces leaders.@@

5. Empowerment

People who are motivated by freedom and trust. You don't know if you can trust someone until you trust someone.

@@You don't know if you can trust someone until you trust someone.@@

6. Resources

People who are motivated by the tools to do their job well. The tools a person uses produces the pace and precision of their purpose.

@@The tools a person uses produces the pace and precision of their purpose.@@

7. Knowledge

People who are motivated by being let in a topic of significance. Different from input - these are folks who are motivated simply by being trusted with the knowledge.

8. Gifts

People who are motivated by having a gift delivered to their house or left on their desk. This is not a resource or a tool to aid them in their work. This is a gift for them to enjoy outside of work.

 

What about you...

What are your Top 3? Take a moment to reflect on your Top 3. Leave your Top 3 in a comment below.

 

What about your team...

  1. Gather your team
  2. List and explain each of these 8 ways
  3. Have your team identify their Top 3
  4. Draft their Top 3 on a whiteboard in green
  5. Have them identify their least motivating
  6. Draft in in red on a whiteboard
  7. Post it for the team to see via Google Drive, Evernote, etc
  8. Then, have your team discover what motivates their team of staff and volunteers!

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