In my last article, I explained that motivating people is a personalized task that has to be tailored to the individual you are working with.
Here are 7 different ways that people are motivated. These are certainly not exhaustive, and there are probably variations of each one that could be discussed further. But these are some of the more common motivational factors that I have seen:
One of the essential skills for good management - whether it be people management or project management - is the ability to motivate people. Countless books and articles have been written about motivational tips, tools, and techniques, but I would like to focus on the idea that people are motivated in individually different ways, and whatever motivational techniques you may use, the key is not to master a technique and use it on everyone; The key is to tailor an individual technique for each individual person.
As a follow-up to my last article about management as a skill, not a career path, I would like to also point out that project management skills are not the same as people management skills. Just because someone is great at one type of management doesn't mean they are naturally great at the other.
One of the most critical components of Project Management, which often goes overlooked, is the "trust factor". When people do not trust each other, they cannot operate efficiently - period.
A key differentiation between top-tier and middle-tier project managers is one that is difficult to measure and even more difficult to teach. It's an attitude of ownership - taking personal responsibility and bearing the burden of the success or failure of the project.