You might think that motivation is predominantly driven by easy external factors, things like having a big salary, fast car, bonus or promotion. And yes, these can be a strong motivator to some people, but they are not the end of the story. Whilst a poor salary is an active de-motivator, money itself is not really the best source of inspiring motivation. Employees will still choose to leave if they have a bad relationship with their boss, dislike the corporate culture or do not get recognition and appreciation.

At IYLC Geneva we look at motivation in several ways; starting with the broader theories of motivation and then moving on to how to apply them in business and personal contexts:

  • Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose are all essential key ingredients for motivation. Being bad at one’s job, not knowing how to succeed and not being trained are all destructive. But when we master a skill, we love to practice it. Micromanagement defeats the inner energy; if I know how to my work, let me get on with it! Creating meaningless work for the sake of keeping staff active or looking busy kills motivation. I want a healthy challenge and to see reason and results from my work, they give me drive to continue.
  • Inspiring yourself and others goes beyond just motivation. Once students have mastered the basic skills of motivation they are invited to go deeper to act as a secure base for inspirational leadership for others.

To succeed as a colleague, manager or leader, and even to be most effective as an employee, we all have to get to grips with the way motivation works. Starting with yourself, building awareness and understanding about what motivates us individually is a crucial first step. Following that, we have to learn about other people, their personalities and what motivates them.

Students gain experience in group work and learn in practical terms how to work and lead teams. Starting small we aim at developing confidence heading towards becoming a secure base for inspirational motivation. Inspiration leaders can form the most powerful teams. All the team members are motivated in their own terms to accomplish their roles and authority is well distributed to progress and deliver in the most effective manner.