How to Stay Motivated in today’s economy?


Stay motivated and get ahead!


published by Rutencja Cengu

The unsteady velocity of change in our economy makes it very difficult to keep people motivated. While one could have achieved self-actualization by achieving their best, losing a job returns them to the bottom of the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The key is to remain at the top of the hierarchy, even in the event of losing a job. While the relationships between employer and employee are very uncertain nowadays, the following characteristics will help you to stay motivated and get ahead:

1. Be Creative

Creativity is among the key skills needed to address today’s most pressing business challenges and it’s a precursor to innovation. It requires the individual to acquire a depth and a breadth of knowledge, ability to integrate and synthesize relevant information from across disparate subject areas and combine it in novel ways, and moreover to visualize new possibilities. Creativity is about coming up with ideas.

2. Be Innovative

Innovation is about mapping out the creative ideas and defining a sustainable business model. While, “ideation is sexy, while execution is long, drawn out, and boring “[1], remember the saying from Thomas Edison “Innovation is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Execution of creative ideas is crucial!

3. Reinvent yourself

The characteristics of what takes to be successful changes, now more than ever. Accepted business models for success are proving vulnerable, therefore change and reinvent yourself by being a perpetual learner, acquiring new skills, attending conferences, speaking in main events, writing blogs, networking, etc. In addition, use different motivations, including affiliation, achievement, altruism, power, since they are complimentary to satisfy your different needs.

4. Be Decisive

Learn to respond to business frequent shifts. While the relationships between employer and employee are very uncertain nowadays, equip yourself with the knowledge of shifting business needs and how to respond to those needs.

5. Work collaboratively

Openness, working closely with people at all levels, embracing the global environment; flexibility and adaptability to work with collocated and virtual teams are important characteristics for working collaboratively.

6. Become a great negotiator

Today’s projects are cross functional and involve customers, suppliers, senior management, middle management, team members, and sponsor. Each party has different values and priorities that need to be addressed. Approach the negation with an anticipation of achieving mutual benefits by:

  • Focusing on the problem and separate people from the problem
  • Focusing on interests
  • Understanding what both sides want to achieve
  • Providing options for mutual gains
  • Using an objective criteria
  • 7. Become a conflict resolution specialist

    Conflict is inevitable and it is situational. Learn the different methods of conflict resolution and apply the right method to the conflict at hand.

    References :

    [1] Innovation is Not Creativity; Vijay Govindarajan; Harvard Business Review; 2010.

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