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7 Ways To Motivate Your Team... Without A Pay Rise

7 Ways To Motivate Your TeamI was reading an article recently saying that 1 in 4 small business employees globally feel depressed and uninspired by their bosses. Read further at Perth now.

It can be costly to believe or have a mindset that giving more money or a pay rise to your team members equals happy employees.

Believing this is costing you valuable time, revenue, employees... Cash will always be a major factor in motivating people and a solid plan is critical to attracting and keeping key personnel. But the key is that additional cash is not always the only answer, and in many cases not even the best answer.

I have compiled some quick suggestions. Let's look at 7 non-monetary motivation tips that can be implemented today...

  1. Recognition/Attention. When your employees accomplish something, they have achieved something. Your recognition is appreciation for that achievement. Managers and owners don't give enough recognition for a good job done. Recognition is free! Do some spontaneous on the spot praise and of course a “Thanks” goes a long way too.
  2. One-on-One Coaching. Coaching is employee development. Implement a regular Performance review meeting.

    Document personal development needs and feedback from your team. Your only cost is time. Time means you care. And remember your people don't care how much you know... until they know how much you care.

  3. Training. This ties in with personal development. You can never over train your team. As they learn and develop, so does your business. It might take some time and effort, but the benefits of training will continually enhance the performance of your people and the productivity of your business.

  4. Career Path. Your employees need to know what is potentially ahead for them, what opportunities there are for growth. This issue is a sometimes forgotten ingredient as to the importance it plays in the overall motivation of people. Set career paths within your organization. Do you promote from within? I hope you can answer yes to that. Although specific circumstances require you to look for talent outside your company, you should always first consider internal personnel. If you do this you are sending a very positive message to everyone that there are indeed further career opportunities within your organization.

  5. Good Work Environment. I heard of a recent industry study where employers were asked to rank what they thought motivated their people, and then employees were asked to rank what really did motivate them. Employers felt "working conditions" was a nine (or next to last) in terms of importance. What did the employees say? Number two! Working conditions are very important to the way employees feel about where they work. Some things to consider or ask yourself are: Does your office look nice?, Are there pictures on the walls, plants and fresh paint among other features that generally make people feel good about their environment?, Does their work space have enough room or are they cramped in a "sardine can?", What about furniture? Is the desk the right size, chair comfortable?, Is there file space and do they have the miscellaneous office supplies needed for maximum performance?, Is the temperature regulated properly so they don't feel they're in the Amazon jungle one minute and the North Pole the next?

  6. Casual Dress Day. This will apply more to the Business-to-Business world, based on the difference in normal dress codes from the Business-to-Consumer arena. For those required to "dress business" every day, a casual day becomes a popular desire. I encourage Casual dress Fridays for example. Retail outlets use holidays to create theme colour casual days, such as red and green before Christmas, or black and orange prior to Halloween. Major sports events are a perfect opportunity for casual days to support your local or favourite team with appropriate colours, buttons, and logo wear.

  7. Time Off. Implement incentives that earn time off. People will compete for 15 minutes or 1/2 hour off just as hard as they will for a cash award. Put KPI’s (key performance indicators) in place and when these goals are reached by individuals, teams or the entire staff, reward them with time off.

  8. Additional Responsibility. Encourage and support more responsibility and accountability from your staff. You will be surprised on how they will rise to the challenge and it will make them feel more as part of the team.

  9. Food days. Every now and then bring in or organise pizza, popcorn, or cookie days that will help break up that everyday routine and help people stay motivated. Because it is a natural tendency for people to get excited in anticipation of something, structure some of these days in advance. Then buy some pizzas or different cookies or even whip out some different types of popcorn.

LEVERAGE Your Way To Success

Paul Duncan

Small Fish Business Coaching Perth

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A Carrot, An Egg And A Cup Of Coffee

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed them all on a high fire. Soon the pots came to the boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second, she placed eggs, and in the last, she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. After twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out, she pulled out the eggs and placed them in a bowl and then ladled the coffee into a cup. Turning to her daughter, she asked,” tell me what you see”? Carrots, Eggs and Coffee” the young woman replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots; she did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked her daughter to break an egg, after pulling off the shell, she observed the hardboiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she inhaled its rich aroma. The daughter asked what it meant.

Her mother explained that each of the objects had the same adversity, boiling water. But each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after been subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile, its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
”Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?Which are you? Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Are you an egg that’s starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did you have a fluid sprit, but after a death, breakup or maybe a financial hardship become hardened or stiff? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside you are bitter and tough with a stiff sprit and hardened heart? Or are you like a coffee bean? When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour. If you are a bean, when things are at their worst you get better and change the situation around you and make it a better place? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean??

Paul Duncan
Small Fish Business Coach Perth

Building A Happy Team in Your Business

I was asked the other day what is the key secret to building a great team, so I would like to share some thoughts.

Environment is one of the key factors in influencing your team's success. People base their behavior on their beliefs about themselves and their environment. Can they have a positive impact on their job and the company’s success? Does the environment support positive behavior? Team members should feel that they have the capability to contribute to their environment.

This means giving them the right culture and structure to be effective is essential. It also helps if they feel safe to contribute their opinion and feedback in a supportive way so they do not feel vulnerable to ridicule or criticism. Ask your team if they think there are any factors in their environment, which could be improved to help them be more efficient, productive or happy.

Many organizations have realized the importance of employee satisfaction on the bottom line. Beliefs are the key motivators in peoples' behavior. However, changing your team member’s beliefs is not an easy or quick task. Recruiting the right people through personality instruments and team interviews can be one strategy but understanding their beliefs can be important in identifying other strategies.

Common beliefs limiting team performance include:

Feedback "I have some constructive feedback but expressing it may cause a confrontation - best to keep my mouth shut!
Delegation "The only way to get the job done properly is to do it myself"
Changing beliefs such as these can be a challenge. You need to look at training options and ask what beliefs in this organization may hamper or aid in achieving the desired outcome. Team building is not an exact science but a cast for finding the best strategies available to bring out the potential in your team.

LEVERAGE Your Way To Success

Paul Duncan
Small Fish Business Coach Perth

What Your Mind Can Conceive... You Can Achieve

You find inspiration in the most amazing places. Sometimes as you are driving your car or walking in the park. I found inspiration one night as I watched TV (Not sure of the program).

Yes, I was veging out, not looking for inspiration of any kind when an ad was shown that I believe was so powerful and so true. It went something like this…

A young boy playing the piano (not very good) and when asked his name and what he would like to be when he grew up he replied my name is Billy Joel and I’m going to be a famous piano player and singer. The next scene was again of a young boy playing the piano (also somewhat clumsily). The same question was asked. His reply was, “My name is Elton John and when I grow up I’m going to be a famous piano player and songwriter. The third scene was again of a young boy playing the piano with such passion and skill that it captured my imagination and I waited to hear the reply to that same question “What will you be when you grow up?" His reply was, "my name is such and such (I can’t remember it) and when I grow up I’m going to be a Plumber just like my Dad!!!"

Moral to the story…You achieve what you set out to achieve. Each boy had a goal and guess what… they will achieve it.

I know this is a simple illustration but it’s often the simple ones that usually have the greatest impact.

The mind is a powerful tool in achieving our dreams and goals...

Have a sensational week…I am!

Paul Duncan
Small Fish Business Coach Perth

Are We Programmed for Long Term Change?

As I started out on my daily dose of jogging... I was reminded when I decided to start jogging…

It was a Monday morning; notice how we start anything new on a Monday- not a Wednesday, half way through the week?

Anyway my day started at 6am and I jogged around my streets and arriving back 45mins later. Feeling good about myself after a healthy breakfast I went to work.

The first thing I expressed after saying hello to all my work colleagues was “IAM JOGGING”

Next day, I jump out of bed, throw on my near-new adidas shoes and start to hit the pavement. I go past my neighbours house, who were still wrapped up in bed, and thought to myself "You lazy buggers.” All the people I spoke to today including family and friends I told “IAM JOGGING.”

Wednesday, I made a special effort and sprung out of bed 15 mins earlier. Even beat the alarm clock. After a good jog I could have not felt more fit and alive.

Thursday morning – alarm sounded. Pouring with rain outside. I thought to myself “I’ve been good- One day won’t hurt," rolled over and went back to sleep...

Next day that alarm again! 5 more minutes!! 5 turns into 10, 10 turns into 20 and then what? Too late to go now. If I go jogging I will be late for work.


Sound familiar? We are creatures of habit and we do not have the programming for long term change.

It takes an instant to change a belief – but 21 days to instil a habit. Keep going and your dreams will be achieved!

Paul Duncan
Small Fish Business Coaching Perth