What motivates your team members? Management guru Jurgen Appelo invented this exercise to reflect on motivation and how it is affected by organizational change. The Our Motivators exercise is based on the ten intrinsic desires which Jurgen derived from the works of Daniel Pink, Steven Reiss, and Edward Deci. It was so good that it is now a game in our inventory. Jurgen invented this exercise to reflect on motivation and how it is affected by organizational change. The Moving Motivators exercise is based on the ten intrinsic desires which Jurgen derived from the works of Daniel Pink, Steven Reiss, and Edward Deci.  The co-located activity can be found at http://manangement30.com.  The activity we created is called Our Motivators.  The name was modified because we were no longer “moving” the motivator playing cards on a table but rather manipulating on a screen.

Our Motivators MarketingTo setup asynchronous ice breakers are simple.  A free game can be created on the following page  virtualicebreakers.com/asynchronous-games.  You then email up to 5 participants a link to start the process.  Our Motivators has 3 basic steps for each individual.

  1. Each person orders the 10 motivators from top to bottom based on their preferences
    • Acceptance Curiosity Freedom Goal Honor Mastery Order Power Relatedness Status
  2. Each participant that indicates the impact a change may have on motivator.
    • Positive change, no change, negative change
  3. The results are analyzed as a team/sub-team
    • A summary report is sent out 24 hours after the activity is created or when all participants have completed submissions

The advantage of collecting this information electronically is the simplified collection and analysis.  Periodic checks can be done to see if the collective motivators have changed over time.  Various factors influence our motivators and they may change depending on these influences.  motivatorgraph
A project that is routine may benefit from introducing some curiosity if the team members are so inclined.  Collecting this information for an entire organization is greatly simplified with an online tool.

Try Our Motivators today!  We are developing concurrent and asynchronous ice breakers all the time.  We want all games to be offered on both platforms.  If you have a specific request, send us a note.

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