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.