So you need to motivate someone. What is the #1 best thing you can do to increase their feelings of commitment and eagerness for their work? The answer may surprise you.
For years I would have said recognition. Public, private, on a boat, with a goat. Just recognize them however you can. Turns out there’s something better.
One of my undergraduate professors, Teresa Amabile, has an article in the Jan/Feb 2010 Harvard Business Review about a study she conducted showing that the #1 best motivator is . . . progress.
Turns out people love to feel their work is moving forward. Road blocks and stagnation frustrate them. Moving the needle excites them.
So remove the hurdles and roll up your sleeves. Apparently, nothing beats progress.