I will never forget one particular occasion many years ago taking a brief from a potential client when she looked me in the eye and said something that really took me by surprise. “Actually, Paul. More than anything, it’s crucial that you find me a Scorpio”.
I thought she was joking but she was being completely serious.
She then added, “We need a bit more bite around here. It’s hard to motivate a team of obsessive Virgos while I’m such a dynamic Piscean”!
Creating an effective team environment is vital for any business to succeed. There’s really no opportunity for personality clashes, and there’s no way that a business will achieve its targets if, for whatever reason, the team are not motivated.
How can you ensure that you are engendering the right culture within your organisation? How can you keep everyone motivated?
Motivating different personalities can be incredibly demanding. Whilst most teams comprise of very different personality types – all of whom require sophisticated and delicate handling to ensure you maximise their full potential, understanding what motivates these different personality types will not only make you a better manager, but will encourage your employees to be the best versions of themselves in the office.
Reward and recognition whether it be through financial incentives, training and development or potential promotion and career advancement, are all important considerations as you create (and maintain) an effective team environment.
Should you find yourself in a position where you are bringing new people into your business, it is important that you take into consideration the personality and characteristic differences that may already exist within your team, or else you may inadvertently create a situation ripe for conflict. And whilst workplace conflict is both common and inevitable, unnecessary tension inside any business can be incredibly de-motivating!
Our friends at Headway Capital have created this awesome Infographic which reveals how you can tap into each individual employee’s motivational fire to ensure your workplace is the most productive it can be.