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Motivate your team by helping them with Mastery

In my 5 Drivers to Really Motivate Employees I started discussing my RAMPP model for motivation with the ‘R’ for Relatedness. Then we looked at ‘A’ for Autonomy. Now for the ‘M’ in the model.

Cal Newport in his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, lays out how satisfying careers are only built by doing rare and valuable work, which can only be done if you have mastered rare and valuable skills.

Are your managers helping employees to learn and master skills? Are you deliberately putting in Malcolm Gladwell’s theorized “10,000 hours” (though research argues it’s less) to master a skill?

Here are 4 tips for your managers to help employees adopt a specialist’s mentality:

  1. Role model a growth mindset and demonstrate how you put a few simple things you learn into practice every day
  2. Help employees develop a robust development plan
  3. Ask employees what they are learning, how they are applying what they are learning, and finally what difference it is making? Ask these questions frequently.
  4. Set and help employees achieve challenging goals

If you want your managers to learn more, register them for our Motivating Employees Workshop.

Read my previous posts on motivating with Relatedness and Autonomy.

Up next: Purpose.


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Helanie Scott
Helanie Scott
Helanie (pronounced yeh-LAH-nee) Scott, CEO and founder of Align4Profit in Dallas, Texas, has driven stunning leadership and cultural transformations for an impressive list of organizations. She has mastered the ability to connect with her audiences in the boardroom, classroom, on stage, or in one-on-one coaching sessions. Helanie’s Align4Profit clients rave at the way her engaging programs freshen outdated mindsets and deliver results-oriented, aligned action.