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What motivates you? What would your friends say motives you? How about your mom? Your boss? Your kids?

It’s been a while since we did some real work together at Let’s Grow Leaders. Today I challenge you to a short-term experiment that I picked up reading What Keeps Leaders Up at Night. More to come on that book. It’s fantastic. I’m meeting with the author soon…

Join in the “What Motivates You” Fun

Read the activity below and follow the easy steps to participate. Join back on July 1st to share your experiences (I’ll be sharing mine).

What Motives You: An Experiment

The “what motivates you” methodology is simple

1. Write down 3 or 4 sentences that you believe truly describe what motivates you.
i.e. “To challenge people to grow toward their full potential”

2. Identify 5 or so people you trust to give you candid feedback. Ask them to tell you the complete truth. Then ask, “What do you think motivates me?

3. Listen and consider. Jot down your reactions. And your reactions to their comments.

4. Join back on July 1st to share whatever feels comfortable. This “was cool. I learned a lot ” works, no need for massive self-disclosure. Of course, we’re interested in all you’re willing to share.

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night author, Nicole Lipkin shares her advice on this experiment.

“Make sure your crew of respondents understands that you need complete candor. As you record their answers, note the context. Your mother will see you differently than will your long time colleague at work. But this is also true: People will color their answers with their own self-protective biases, distortions, and rationalizations. Still whether you like what you hear or not, perceptions can influence people as much as pure reality. If someone perceives you as a control freak, you must deal with that perception, even if you know it does not usually describe the way you operate. The appearance of impropriety is as bad as the impropriety itself. Resist your natural urge to defend yourself.”

Who’s in. Game on Come on it’ll be fun! Please comment and let me know you’re gonna play.

Namaste. Let’s grow together.

Filed Under:   Communication
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt is a keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and MBA professor. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers, AMA's 50 Leaders to Watch in 2015, & Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America. Her latest book, Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul is available now on Amazon and in bookstores.

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What People Are Saying

Bob (@Culture_Ninja)   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

What, no takers on this? Come on people!

I’m in! I’m fascinated by the differences in perception. I think anyone that calls themselves a leader MUST do things like this to see how people perceive them.

Looking forward to hearing the reactions on this…

letsgrowleaders   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

Bob, thanks for playing. I know… who else?

Alma Escamilla   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

I’m in as well! I’m anticipating the need for a “soak period” once I have the perception trunk in my hands, wow, what will I do next? I have a certain TRUST in the comment, “it’ll be fun”. Like Bob, I’m really looking forward to hearing the reactions. Thanks Karin!

Bob (@Culture_Ninja)   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

Agreed, “fun” may be stretching it. Maybe, “exhilarating” is better? ;)

letsgrowleaders   |   21 June 2013   |  

exhilarating and fun.

letsgrowleaders   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

Alma, FANTASTIC! yes, it will be fun.

Dawn   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

I’m in! These kind of “experiments” are very interesting to me!

letsgrowleaders   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

Dawn, FANTASTIC! Looking forward.

Masemola   |   21 June 2013   |   Reply

I am definitely in. I can’t wait to hear what people have to say about me, especially those who are close to me like my mother. I really wonder what she thinks is my locus of control.

letsgrowleaders   |   22 June 2013   |   Reply

Masemola, Awesome! I am going to ask my mother today. I too am intrigued.

Sridhar Laxman   |   22 June 2013   |   Reply

Count me in

letsgrowleaders   |   22 June 2013   |   Reply

Sridhar, GREAT! What a nice group we have forming. Who else?

letsgrowleaders   |   26 June 2013   |   Reply

Am so excited about our project… looking forward to our discussion.