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Motivation for Outstanding Employee Results: Five Secrets to Motivating Your Employees!
By Ed Sykes

motivation, success, team building, teambuilding, employee motivation, Ed Sykes, the sykes group, va, virginia beach, norfolk, chesapeake, hampton roads, motivational speakersMotivation is an ongoing challenge in the workplace.  Priorities change, new barriers appear, and life’s challenges get in the way of staying motivated.  In order to provide employee motivation and achieve outstanding success, you must consistently work at it.

The following are five motivation techniques to keep your employees motivated even during the most challenging times:

1.  Create Exciting Goals - Motivate your employees by connecting your organization’s goals to the needs of your employees.  If your employees feel their actions will benefit the organization and their own best interests, your employees will be motivated to achieve your goals.  Include your employees in the goal setting process so they have ownership in making the goals.

2.  Communicate the Big Picture – As a leader and motivator, you need to use every opportunity to share your organization’s mission, goals, and values.  This motivates your employees to stay focused on the overall picture.  They will better understand why they are taking actions for the organization.  Your employees will also understand how they make a difference.

3.  Embrace Change – Motivate your employees by being excited about the changes happening in your organization.  Nothing is more demoralizing than a leader not being happy about the changes and not taking ownership for implementing the changes.  Take the time to understand the benefits of your organization’s changes and how you can successfully implement those changes with your employees on board.  Communicate excitement about this new opportunity and how they will benefit from the change.  Take the time to solicit your employee’s ideas, feelings, and suggestions.  Motivate your employees, whenever possible, by informing them about the actions you have taken based on their feedback and suggestion.  This will excite your employees to know that they are making a difference in the organization.

4.  Use Adversity to Motivate Your Team - There will be adversity in any organization.  Our success depends on the way we can motivate our team to handle any adversity.  Employee motivation depends on communicating that you believe in their ability to deal with the adversity.  Your number one job is to provide the motivation that will inspire your employees to defeat whatever adversity comes your way.  Include your employees in the solution creation process. Share as much detail as possible with your team.  When any leader says, “It is need-to-know,” your teams feels they are not included in creating the solution.  Motivate them by stressing that the team bonding together will gain success.

5.  Motivate by Being Ahead of the Curve – Employee motivation is not about seeing your employees as they are now.  It is about seeing your employees for what they can become.  Share with your employees the potential you see in them.  Give them specific steps to achieve that potential.

Motivation is an ongoing process.  An outstanding leader realizes this and works to motivate their employees every day.  Make the investment to apply the above motivation techniques and you will experience exceptional success in your organization.

Additional Motivation Reading Resources:

Are You Singing Your Song of Success? Five Secrets to Following Your Dreams and Achieving More Success in Your Life

Leadership Starts with Tough Decisions:  Five Leadership Skills for Outstanding Team Building

JumpStart Your Employee Motivation: Ten Motivation Secrets to Empower Your Team

Appreciate to Motivate (The Key to Successful Team Building)

 The Secret to Living Your Dreams: Five Success Techniques to Achieving More Success in Your Life!

Seven Change Management Secrets to Creating a Winning Culture of Change
Are You Building Your Foundation of Success: Six Secrets of Motivating Yourself for Success

Employee Motivation, Don Imus, and Team Building: Five Secrets of Motivated Teams

Motivate Your Customer Service Team for Outstanding Customer Service: Six Secrets of Customer Service Motivation

Life Before Downsizing: Six Secrets to Managing Change and Creating Opportunities for the Future

Success Starts with a Can Do Attitude: Three Secrets to Creating More Success

Coaching: How to Succeed in Half the Time Using a Personal Coach

Leadership Techniques for Anyone: How Kermit Shared Five Leadership Secrets with the World

Eight Leadership Techniques for Outstanding Teams

Motivate Your Team! Eight Quick Tips to Motivate for Success

Adversity: Your Seed of Greatness (Three Secrets to Using Adversity to Become Great)

Connect the Dots! Your Roadmap for Success

Every Super Hero Needs Theme Music. What’s Yours?

Seven Secrets to Being the Leader Everyone Wants to Follow

Have You Appreciated Someone Today?

Nine Ways Johnny Carson Can Help You Run Outstanding Meetings

Five Secrets to Gaining Credibility with Your Team for Outstanding Results

How Appetizing Is Your Feedback? (5 Steps to Giving Effective Feedback)

Ten Techniques for Motivating Others Through Chaos

10 Action Steps to Motivate Yourself to Great Accomplishments

Eight Ways to Motivate Part-Time Employees

Delegate to Accelerate Success (How to Prepare Yourself and Others for Success)

The Greatest Gift of All - The Gift of Empowerment

Leadership Secrets for Challenging Times  

Goal Setting Secrets to Jumpstart Your Life


Want to learn how to motivate your team members to achieve more? Our Team Building, Leadership, Change Management, or Assertive Communication workshops can help you motivate team members to achieve more.  

Also read our articles on motivation skills, leadership, presentation skills, customer service, etc.

Call us at 757-427-7032 or e-mail us at for additional presentation skills information.

Ed Sykes is a much sought-after motivational speaker based in Virginia and is published in the areas of leadership, change management, customer service, presentation skills, and teamwork. He works with business, government organizations, and educational institutions that want to reach the next level of success and individuals who want to perform at their best. You can email him at, call him at (757) 427-7032 or visit his Web site at


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