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Ask Madeleine Vol. 15: How to work faster and motivate people.

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Today, we are trying something different.  As Madeleine is getting on in her fourth year, she has been very vocal about when she wants to give advice and when she’s not in the mood.  I can definitely picture her saying, “Walk with me, people” as the CEO of some company.  She is really enjoying the idea of doing a “radio show” where she gets to answer questions and then hear it played back.

In our first impromptu broadcast, Madeleine shares advice about working faster and motivating others.  Send in your questions for our next show!

Stinky Old Mom:  I thought I’d chime in on a couple of points.  First, working faster.  Sometimes, we are all looking deadlines in the face and we have to crank out results quickly.  How can we do this?  I read an article from Forbes about writing more quickly, but in it, the author notes “suspending critical thinking” as a major tactic for working faster.  This is true for all circumstances where you just have to get. things. done.  Too often it is our own judgmental mind that slows us down, whether it causes us to edit our writing unnecessarily or to nitpick over nonessential details.  Suspending the level of criticism we normally allow ourselves helps us have a smoother thought process, faster production, more creativity, and less conflict.  Once the work has been produced, the critical eye can look things over for tweaks.

Second, I like the idea of motivating your co-workers very much.  Too often, people go unappreciated at work.  This causes big issues in the workforce (and I think it is an easy fix).  Some people will retire sooner than they will see/hear recognition from their boss!  But the truth is, you don’t work with your boss that often–you work with your co-workers.  They are the ones you see, need to work closely with, and need to rely on in order to accomplish your job.  It is usually the larger product that the “boss” sees.  Working with unmotivated and under appreciated people is awful.  Even if you are in a good place, that attitude is infectious.  What would happen if you could cause enough motivation for the people around you to gain momentum?  What if working alongside you was such an enjoyable experience the whole team collaborated effectively?  You don’t have to be the boss to be a great leader.  Are you longing to hear some “thank yous?”  Did your last project go “unrecognized?”  Your co-workers probably feel the same way.  Send out some team kudos, make a quick e-mail certificate, send out your own “thank you” to people who helped you get something done.  You could cause a shift in your whole work environment.  When all else fails—princess stickers.

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