1. The Team Special Project – Most of the time we feel we don’t have time to do our work, let alone a special project. But sometimes people’s juices begin to flow when they become engaged in some challenging, but interesting, task…even if it is “extracurricular.”
EXAMPLE: In 1983, I was managing a work group for a large construction organization. It was a 10-year project, and senior management had discussed conducting an open house for the workforce. Management, however, had always nixed the idea, fearing the difficulty of coordinating an event that would encompass seven thousand workers and their families.
My work group heard about the idea, however, and asked to take on this assignment. There was enormous interest in conducting this event within the workforce, so with considerable support from others in the workforce, my group planned and successfully coordinated an open house that ultimately attracted over 10,000 people.
The challenge for my group was enormous...but achievable. The challenge created a high level of motivation while planning the event, and the sense of accomplishment after the event sustained motivation even longer.
I don’t suggest by this example that every work group take on such a formidable task, but simply think about the implications of taking on a new challenge periodically.