Motivation in Project Management

17 Apr

To achieve a successful project delivery, a project manager has to do more than simply work into the predefined project management constructs and techniques. One of the leading factors that affect the productivity of the project team is motivation. A project manager should try to create a positive work environment where the individual can be inspired, encouraged, and stimulated in order to achieve great accomplishments. Motivation also helps to foster teamwork and collective initiatives to reach the common goals of the project. You may think that good project managers motivate their staff by rewarding them with money and bonuses, but most project managers agree that this is the last thing that should be done. The more often you reward team members with money the more they expect it and most times, monetary motivation won’t work.

Some important tips to help the project manager motivate their team members would be:

  1. Find out what motivates each team member and make these part of the project goals, as this will help the project manager the ability to connect with each team member to environments, assignments, responsibilities, and objects that foster personal motivation
  2. Create an positive and productive environment
  3. Provide clear communication and ownership of each defined task
  4. Ensure that the person has the right tools, training, and guidance to accomplish each task
  5. Follow-up on the status of each task and provide guidance, if necessary, and hold each team member accountable for the results of each task
  6. Whatever motivates me, will motivate others
  7. Team members love to receive formal awards
  8. If you feel like you need to give some kind of reward for motivational purposes, try a pizza or free dinner or even a kind letter or award, as these often have much more effective results
  9. The best project leader is a strong cheerleader

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.  One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself” – Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

What motivates you in a project?

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4 responses to “Motivation in Project Management

  1. Bhavin Gandhi

    April 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Lisa! really nice blog, and you are spot on with your 8 points.

    I might add one point in your comprehensive list. “make sure to publish, share and celebrate your minor achievements.”

    This goes a long way in keeping motivation up for any team.

  2. Lisa Drake

    April 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Bhavin! I agree, that would make a great 9th point to my list. Thanks for reading my post and commenting!


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