How to keep your team motivated in the crunch time

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I am sure, as a manager, you must have encountered a situation where your team has been working very hard for past few months to get that next product out of the door. And due to this situation, everyone in your team feels under-appreciated and overworked. And you dont know how to keep your team motivated. Does this sound familiar?........Through this blog, I would try to give you some tips through which you can keep your employees motivated during this crunch time. Provide feedback: As far as feeling under-appreciated goes, this has to be the #1 killer of team's motivation. During the crunch time, our focus is so much on the end result that we forget to provide feedback to our team. Sometimes it is very crucial to provide constant feedback to your team on how they are doing. This behavior not only conveys the message that you care for your team, but it also gives you the opportunity to correct any mistakes in your current process. Communicate purpose: The second biggest killer of self-motivation is negativity. When we set personal expectations at a level that are unattainable, we start to invent reasons for why we are not achieving our goals. We start thinking about past failures that have not gone our way and weak points in our character or at least in our working style. This causes us to come up with all the reasons that we can't succeed. Hence, to keep your team motivated, you not only need to accept that the timeline given for the project was too aggressive, but you need to also provide them with the reason of why we are doing, what we are doing. This will provide your team with some background on why you are having these aggressive deadlines, and how it will impact the business, if you dont meet those deadlines. Also, (if possible) you need to provide them with some blueprint of the plan, so that this doesnt happen again. Positive reinforcement: During these tough times, I would recommend you to remember old success stories, and recognize it for what it was. The power of this kind of positive reinforcement and positive feedback cant be underestimated. Make sure that your team is getting the positive feedback from you that they need. Always make sure to restate your teams and individual achievements during your team meetings and one-on-one meetings with your team members. This will encourage your team to keep going. I hope these tips will help you to keep your team motivated in the crunch time. What would you do in this situation? How will you keep your team motivated? Thanks. Bhavin Gandhi.

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  • 1. How to keep your team motivated in the crunch time? by Bhavin GandhiI am sure, as a manager, you must have encountered a situation where your team has been working very hard forpast few months to get that next product out of the door. And due to this situation, everyone in your team feelsunder-appreciated and overworked. And you dont know how to keep your team motivated. Does this soundfamiliar?........Through this blog, I would try to give you some tips through which you can keep your employeesmotivated during this crunch time.Provide feedback: As far as feeling under-appreciated goes, this has to be the #1 killer of teams motivation. Duringthe crunch time, our focus is so much on the end result that we forget to provide feedback to our team. Sometimes itis very crucial to provide constant feedback to your team on how they are doing. This behavior not only conveys themessage that you care for your team, but it also gives you the opportunity to correct any mistakes in your currentprocess.Communicate purpose: The second biggest killer of self-motivation is negativity. When we set personalexpectations at a level that are unattainable, we start to invent reasons for why we are not achieving our goals. Westart thinking about past failures that have not gone our way and weak points in our character or at least in ourworking style. This causes us to come up with all the reasons that we cant succeed. Hence, to keep your teammotivated, you not only need to accept that the timeline given for the project was too aggressive, but you need toalso provide them with the reason of why we are doing, what we are doing. This will provide your team with somebackground on why you are having these aggressive deadlines, and how it will impact the business, if you dontmeet those deadlines. Also, (if possible) you need to provide them with some blueprint of the plan, so that thisdoesnt happen again.Positive reinforcement: During these tough times, I would recommend you to remember old success stories, andrecognize it for what it was. The power of this kind of positive reinforcement and positive feedback cant beunderestimated. Make sure that your team is getting the positive feedback from you that they need. Always make 1 Author: Bhavin.Gandhi@live.com | Contact information: http://gandhibhavin.wordpress.com
  • 2. sure to restate your teams and individual achievements during your team meetings and one-on-one meetings withyour team members. This will encourage your team to keep going.I hope these tips will help you to keep your team motivated in the crunch time. What would you do in this situation?How will you keep your team motivated?Thanks. Bhavin Gandhi.Bhavin Gandhi | August 19, 2012 at 9:34 PM | Tags: 21st century, Building Trust, ChangeManagement,Communication, Communications, Crunch time, Leaders of Tomorrow, Leadership, ManageChange,Management, motivation, Motivation criteria, Over time, Performance Improvement, PerformanceManagement, Positive reinforcement, Project Management, Provide feedback, Work culture | Categories:21stCentury, Leadership, Management | URL: http://wp.me/p103Cm-8b 2 Author: Bhavin.Gandhi@live.com | Contact information: http://gandhibhavin.wordpress.com