Why is it important for you to motivate your project team? When we want to create and deliver products and services faster, we look at four areas -- people, process, product, and technology. People has the greatest potential to shorten schedules across projects.
Researchers have identified team performance differences on the order of 10 to 1 or more. Most productivity studies have found that motivation has a stronger influence on productivity than any other factor.
Here's the problem -- motivating your project team is a "soft skill." It's difficult to get our arms around this baby. Consequently, many project managers give motivation a lower priority and focus on tangible things.
"There is no traffic jam along the extra mile." --Roger Staubach
How can you motivate your project team? It’s not a total mystery. The good news is you can greatly enhance your team’s performance with a consistent focus. Here are some tips on motivating team members:
Project managers need to be motivated too. What motivates you? What can you do to motivate yourself? One thing I do is read – here are 10 Books You Can Read In One Night That Will Boost Your Motivation for Work.
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