“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” So says Mario Andretti, one of the most successful race car drivers in history. Notice Mr. Andretti did not mention money as a motivator. That’s because leaders need to move past the idea that money and other perks are what motivates performance on the job.

Volunteers are good examples of how/why intangibles are motivational since there is no monetary incentive. This was front-of-mind at a recent Humanergy day of caring. Humanergy regularly volunteers at S.A.F.E. Place, an organization that provides shelter and other services to survivors of domestic violence. They usually give us tasks that are:

  1. Challenging
  2. Achievable (even if they seem daunting at first)
  3. Tangible (can see the fruits of our labors)
  4. Making a difference

These four components are key to creating compelling motivation for anyone – volunteers and paid folks.  People crave a purpose, a reason to dig deep, work hard, engage creativity and give their very best at work. Think about your people. What gifts and talents do they feel driven to share with the world through their work? What do they care about? How can you not only harness that energy, but expand it?

When you help people connect with meaningful work, you’re helping them live their very best life.

How can you structure work to boost motivation and engage passion? Comment below or send us a message.


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