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Motivating your team

Whether you’re a one person band or a symphony orchestra, motivating yourself and others can be a difficult thing to do, especially when the Duracell batteries are flat (i.e. you’re knackered!)

Beyond going down the pub for a ‘motivating’ evening of fun, I thought I’d share a few tips that I’ve learned along the way, to keep both you and your team happy and driven. A few things I do:

Have a 10 o’clock: what I call our daily standups. Each morning, coffee and notepads in hand, we meet as a team to run through our priorities for the day. It’s a time to ‘unblock’ any issues people are having, chat about workloads, and see how everyone’s feeling. It sounds so easy and simple, but it helps to keep a team motivated and working in harmony (Also, as mother hen, it’s a quick way to make sure your chicks are happy and focused)

Capture your journey: since the very start of our Holly & Co journey, we’ve had a Google Photos album. I’m a big believer of over documenting things; capturing the biggest and smallest moments, even if they seem insignificant at the time. Often it’s those photos that bring back the fondest memories. Every so often, I’ll email the team a selection of these special images to remind them just how far we’ve come, and where we’re yet to go. It makes us all laugh and smile, and can be the little nudge we need to carry on, full steam ahead

Music: so simple but so powerful. We even have soundtracks that we associate with certain moments of our journey now. The Blue Planet II score was the theme to launching the website; we can just about listen to it without bursting out into nervous laughter now!

A Bell: ring, ring, ring! When anyone does anything wonderful, brave or just achieves something they are proud of, they ring the bell. We have two. A small one for the baby step achievement and a shipping bell, hung on the wall, for giant leaps. Everyone claps and whoops – a moment I pinch myself. 

So, here are a few things that may also help keep you and/or your team ticking over happily. Any tips you’d like to share with the community?


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