There are 2 main motivators in most workplaces. The first is success. People are motivated by the fact that each day presents them with a new opportunity to be successful, to make more money, to be more influential, to grow and expand. Success means something different to everyone, but the satisfaction of achieved goals is, in itself, an inspiration.
The second motivator is the fear of failure. Fear of failure causes people to avoid taking risks, to keep quiet and they never experiment with the great ideas that they have.
As the leader, manager, coach, it is up to you which force takes control. It is dependant on the tone and atmosphere you create with your company, department, or team. While many men and women in positions of power frown upon failure, the smartest of leaders expects and welcomes it.
To learn, you must fail.
When an employee feels free to try new things, to offer their ideas, and to run with projects regardless of the potential for failure (assuming the necessary steps have been taken to ensure the idea is sound and relevant) you will have thousands of ideas coming your way from every corner of the company.
If you create an atmosphere in which 100% success is demanded at every stage of the game, you will scare away future success and achievement.
When an employee fails, and takes steps to learn from that failure, you are benefited with new and powerful information. When you know how something doesn't work, you will eventually discover exactly how it does work.
Let it be known throughout your company, department, or team that failure is an option. Think of the countless ideas that are sitting patiently in the minds of your people - now is the time to let them out. Empower your people to be successful.
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