In the world of football (or soccer if you live in the United States) AFC Bournemouth are a true rags to riches story, a small south-coast team securing an incredible rise to the Barclays Premier League.
The fairy tale success wouldn’t have been possible without the boardroom backing of Chairman Jeff Mostyn following his purchase of the club in 2007. With a background in financial services and a passion for football, he’s expert in the field of project and team management, positive leadership, and motivating a team to succeed.
We were excited to have him in our London office for the very first Morning Vitamins event, a series of talks and interactive discussions aimed at creatives who need to start their days off right. He’s got plenty of great advice and practical tips on how to inspire and motivate your own team.
LOOK AFTER THE INDIVIDUAL
Making time for the individual is a simple yet effective way to motivate each member of your team. Making time every day to speak to each member of staff and ascertain their mood will make them feel special and put them in a positive mind frame for the day. Being an available point of contact for your team will make them feel that everyone is equally valued and appreciated within the business. It’s important to monitor the happiness of your team – a competitive salary alone does not equate to job satisfaction and it’s important to ensure everyone feels that they are a valued member of the team. Be somebody they want to work for. Gaining your employees’ genuine trust and loyalty will inevitably improve their motivation to perform.
DO WORK IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Making a difference can help to motivate yourself and others. In addition to taking care of your team, engaging with the community will add enormous value to your business. Getting involved in charity initiatives can set you apart from your competitors. Additionally, community work demonstrates a responsibility to others and reflects well on any business, marking it as a centre of influence in the area. This can be a source of inspiration for both the leader and their team, effectively motivating the motivator.
ENSURE TEAM EQUALITY
All members of a team should feel valued in the workplace, regardless of their position, to achieve the optimum results. Communication is essential. It is important to encourage freedom of expression as it shows you value everyone’s input. This can be especially relevant when important decisions have to be made. It would be beneficial to ask all of your staff for feedback to demonstrate equal respect, which will encourage the whole team.
A sense of community aids motivation. Try organising work socials to promote team bonding and break down the barriers of the office hierarchy. Individuals will be more motivated if they feel like they’re an important part of the team. It is important for your team to understand and respect your ethos in order to create cultural togetherness in your business.
BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE
Positive teams are more productive. When things go wrong, it is important to provide support for staff and maintain positive leadership. Utilising constructive criticism can be a great standard to set for your team and will ultimately lead to improvements and development. Negativity can spread easily from an individual across the whole team if it is not replaced with a positive influence. Criticism should not be equated to negativity, but a step towards success. By recognising your team’s achievements you will encourage higher quality work and dedication to the business.
If you are interested in attending the next Morning Vitamins event in London, please get in touch!