How do you keep your team motivated? It is important to keep the motivation of a team intact so that it remains successful over time. Today we are going to talk about the three essential axes of motivation. These three axes are purpose, control and autonomy.
What does purpose mean? It means that it is important for everyone to have the elements to know the purpose of what they are doing. We come back to questions of meaning, but also to questions of values, and it's not for nothing that companies put values on their pediments; these have a role to play in motivating the team. So the question is: is the purpose clear to everyone? If you are a manager, if you are a leader? Have you made sure that everyone knows the purpose of the work that is being done?
The second axis is mastery. Mastery means feeling like an expert, feeling that we are achieving and succeeding in our performance, that we are learning, that we are continuing to develop and that we know exactly what we are doing and how it should be done. And as a result, you have room for manoeuvre because you have mastered what you are doing. It's like a theatre actor, it's because he's rehearsed a lot that he feels free on stage. But how do we ensure that others have the ideal conditions to develop their mastery? Have the trainings been done? It doesn't have to be external training, it can be the transmission of knowledge between experts. All this helps to develop one's mastery and therefore one's motivation.
Finally, the last axis is autonomy. This is all the more possible when you have the first two conditions. We know why we do things, we know how to do them, and this is thanks to the purpose and the control. And so, because there is already a framework, because there are processes, we can give people autonomy. The right combination of giving support and giving a framework is what allows people to be stimulated, and it is what allows everyone to find their way and what makes them feel helped.
In short, to have a successful team that stays motivated, the three essential axes of motivation need to be handled perfectly: purpose, control and autonomy.