Keeping your eye on the prize

December 28, 2008

Help others achieve their goals, and they will help you achieve yours.

No matter how enthused you are with a project, if you're collaborating with others it can be a trial to keep the rest of the team similarly motivated. You have to dangle the prize to keep others on their toes, and remind them what their efforts are going to do for them as individuals and not for the company as a whole. A designer with an uncommunicative client should gently remind said client that as soon as the design is finished, the marketing piece can begin bringing in sales. A marketing manager can demonstrate how increased sales will ultimately lead to increased salaries. A small business owner can stress that the achievement of a prestigious award looks brilliant on a resume. No matter what environment you're in, always keep in mind that you are working for yourself.  The incentive to help a company make money lies in the probability of increased wages and opportunities for yourself. The same is true for everyone; so to amp up the creativity you need to cater to each individual team member's motives.  Sometimes, all they need is a quick reminder of what's in it for them to stimulate success for the group as a whole. Each and every person has a prize, and  it's your job to ensure that they stay focused on earning it. What are some leadership characteristics business leaders should have?

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

An inspiational piece!

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Brian January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Thanks for your comment, Ali! I'm glad you found inspiration in this post! As your business grows, always remember that everyone you work with has a goal, and if you can help them achieve their goal, by and large, they will help you do the same for yours. Best of luck to you!

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