Self Motivation

Perhaps one of the most elusive kinds of people are these – the self-motivating ones.

This entry has been inspired by Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great”

“If you have the right people on the bus, they will be self-motivated.” – Jim Collins

Yeah right.

There’s an underlying problem with entrepreneurs. An elephant in the room, if you would. And that’s the question “How do you make your people self-motivated?”

It’s a question I have. And it’s killing me.

Don’t get me wrong, people in the SEO Hacker team are happy.

Very happy.

But that’s because they love the environment. They love their co-workers. Some of them love our cute dog.

But perhaps only a few handful love the company.

Even fewer perhaps love their job.

I may be wrong. I often am. But so far, this is how I see things.

Deadlines are not met. Menial tasks are left undone. Even management is inefficient and relaxed.

Sure, I can tell myself “I need a better operations guy. Someone who’s really crazy on JIT and deadlines and efficiency.” Who am I kidding?

There’s almost nobody here in the Philippines who’s as crazy as Tim Cook. And even then, he won’t be crazy enough to come work for me.

Running a business means you are running a system of solution(s). I better go find one to the problem of lack of self-motivation in my team. Perhaps especially in the upper management.

How do you make someone to really take ownership of a company so much so that the person will be self-motivated, perform efficiently, innovate, and bring the company forward?

That is the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

Give him a share in the company?

Yeah, that’s the easiest, most expensive answer.

Profit sharing?





I’m probably out of answers.

At this point I know there has to be a reorganization. I’ll pray, think, plan and ask for advise.

Insofar as I’m concerned, the only self-motivated people in my team are the ones who are shareholders.

And right now, that’s just me.

Care to tag along?

Sean Si

About Sean

is a motivational speaker and is the head honcho and editor-in-chief of SEO Hacker. He does SEO Services for companies in the Philippines and Abroad. Connect with him at Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Check out his new project, Aquascape Philippines

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