Six Attributes to Amplify Motivation

Norb Slowikowski / July 2017

When you need your team to kick it up a notch, incorporate the following motivation amplifiers to help each person reach peak performance.

A Mission that Motivates

  • Instill an internal decision to excel every day. Make sure you set accountability standards as well as incentives over time.
  • Be results-driven. Apply strategies that achieve desired results.
  • What do you really want to accomplish? Help team members identify the end goals—daily, weekly, over the length of the project.
  • Demand a commitment and willingness to take action. The bigger the commitment from your team, the better the outcome.

Real Time Results

  • Set goals with priority action steps. Use shorter increments for achievement. Make sure every goal, large and small, has a target date for completion.
  • Utilize “bounce back” when necessary. Don’t let setbacks, schedule changes and mistakes get in your way. Adapt and move on. Don’t give up!
  • Enhance and develop your skills. Don’t ever think you know it all; you can always learn from your supervisors, your coworkers, training sessions, etc.

Self-Management through Self-Mastery

  • Develop self-confidence: Don’t ever be a know-it-all, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Exhibit a willingness to go out, hear “no,” and move on to focus on the next opportunity.
  • Analyze problems thoroughly so you can apply the best solutions.
  • Use positive self-talk: Envision and see yourself already applying positive actions on the job. In other words, keep on keeping on.


  • A collective act of working together. Manage collaboration among the team members to help leverage optimum results for all working parts of the team.
  • Think of it as interdependence on each other, not competition.
  • Blend resources to achieve the common goals at hand.

Course Correction

  • When you lose your way—bounce back and set a new course for success.
  • Stay on the critical path of mental agility. Have the flexibility to change perspective through creative thinking. Use focus and concentration to create the stamina to avoid distractions and develop resilience under stressful situations.
  • Learn from mistakes: Be sure to always keep checking, investigating and engaging the minds of your people to generate ideas to keep moving forward.

Key Skills of Change Management

  • Anticipate: Look ahead and find ways to move with changes that come your way—do what works.
  • Adapt: Be willing to develop and apply any new skill to make change a reality.
  • Act: Do it! Execute and make refinements when obstacles occur.

Use the above attributes to keep your team strong and armed with the skills they need to be peak performers on the job.

Norb Slowikowski is president of Slowikowski & Associates, Inc., Darien, Ill. To contact him, email