Not About the Pizza

“Your observation was that your production team seemed disconnected,” I said. “In spite of your pep talks, they shuffle.”

Suzette nodded. “I thought it was me, that I wasn’t doing a good job of motivating the team.”

“Motivation, engagement, is not about pep talks,” I smiled. “Motivation is not about pizza, or bonuses. Motivation is knowing that what I do is part of something bigger. It’s knowing where I fit in a larger picture. Don’t talk about it. Show the team, so they can see it.”

One thought on “Not About the Pizza

  1. John Jinks

    Understanding your team members helps.

    What are their goals?

    Have they been publicly recognized for their work?

    Do they feel there is a purpose or cause that burns them?


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