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Building More Effective Organizations through Inspiring Motivation

Posted by Jonathan Bray on Dec 30, 2015 3:57:15 PM

    

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As we approach the end of the year with gratitude in our hearts, for the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most inspiring and world-changing clients, we reflect on our internal company culture. Let's start a dialogue that spark some thoughts about how your organization can empower your team with a breath of fresh air to usher in the new year.

Teamwork and a great culture are strong drivers of how effective a group of individuals can be when coming together to make progress on crucial objectives for your organization… You’d be surprised to know what you can accomplish when everyone is working together towards the same meaningful purpose.

So how do you create an environment to inspire motivation?

Let’s take a look at the day in the life here at mGive...

Every day when we open up our laptops and connect it to one of our too many monitors, I can hear the excitement in the office as everyone files in. (But really, can you ever have too many monitors?) 

We’re located in downtown Denver on a street affectionately known as the 16th Street Mall. A street that has been blocked off to cars to make way for a free downtown ‘mall ride’ that shuttles you to any number of amazing restaurants, great shops, yoga studios, and beverage facilities.

And what’s more, the energy down here is electric...

We’re still close enough to see all the people doing people things on the streets below,  and we get to listen  to the city-provided pianos painted with beautiful murals that offer tender melodies to our suite from musically inclined bypassers.

This vibrant energy contributes to a special culture we’ve created… a culture oriented towards a maintaining strong sense of purpose, attaining mastery of one’s skills, and possessing autonomy in how one solves problems.

Purpose 

“Purpose is no longer a buzzword. It’s a must-have. Passion and purpose will keep people focused on the job at hand, and ultimately separate the successful from the unsuccessful.”

–Richard Branson

Purposeful works puts more meaning on the meetings and day-to-day.    

Everyday, we’re inspired to help our nonprofit clients communicate their worthy missions through technology and raise funds to empower their purposeful work.

As a person who has a passion for marketing and technology, the fact that we’re able to empower our nonprofit clients' missions with digital and mobile technology feels great...like waking up on the good side of the bed every morning. And that’s probably the same in each of the members of your team… so it’s important to communicate the meaningful work frequently, both internally and externally... 

Communication is critical to our work, especially since nonprofits don’t offer traditional products in the capitalistic sense where product or service of value is exchanged for fair market compensation. Mission based organizations require the kindness and generosity of a well-informed and tuned-in community as well as benefactor assistance whether from an individual or government entity. 

We are inspired daily to share the power of communication which is about maintaining a hyper contextual relationship where the “value” of the organization comes from the words you share. How else will your donor learn about your actions if you don’t tell them?

How does a community know how impactful your organization is? On their terms?

It’s about telling your story on a regular basis, staying true to your core message, and finding creative ways to actively instill that train of thought to your community.

 

Autonomy

Self direction, coupled with a strong orientation to agile metrics that make innovative companies run, is at the heart of our leadership philosophy.

We’re more interested in our team bringing their creative skills to the table to solve complex challenges on their own. As well, we’re looking to create value for our clients while encouraging a sense of autonomy with a strong, accessible support system with the ability to bring in other members of the team if they need a helping hand. 

This isn’t to say everyone does whatever whimsy idea is on their minds… we communicate regularly what the shared objectives of the firm are and the projects that need to be completed with a timeline as structure is good because people like to know what’s expected of them.

But within that structure of what we all agree needs to be accomplished and with a strong leadership core, we empower our employees to come up with the creative solutions on their own with a support system that is accessible for feedback.

In an autonomous world there is ample room for growth, especially when focus is applied to next right action, it can pushes individuals out of their comfort zone to a place where they can grow.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt

Failure is a core component to trail blazing or any learning endeavor. If we’re able to separate the sting of failure from the action we can allow ourselves to get better. By separating our ego from success and applying an iterative, scientific approach to our endeavors: hypothesis, experiment, observation we'll gain deep insight from the process along each step of the way.

 

Mastery

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

-Abraham Lincoln 

Working with our talented staff of fundraising experts, technology wizards, operations ninjas, marketing mystics, and leadership team is a truly rewarding experience. And one that creates a culture of attracting other bright minds that fuel the ambitious drive to continue to ‘sharpen the axe’ of our skillsets working towards mastery.

Taking time to work on meaningful projects and building your core skill set are the important things that can often get overlooked due to being busy. How can you carve out a little of the day to get better at your core skillsets? How can you empower others to do so as well? 

Our leadership takes a strong orientation of finding the right roles that blend the passions of the individual and their future potential relative to the value to our organization.

We’re fortunate as our work is inherently rewarding, but doesn’t change the fact that it is still 'work'. Looking towards the big picture, if the activity is meaningful, it will be a skill that will grow the individual’s value to themself, the organization, and the world. 

Skill building is a pleasurable experience, especially when exercising a skill that is of value, and… there’s nothing better than receiving external validation for something we love to do. 

When aligning purpose, autonomy, and mastery for your team, you’ll see people striving for that extra mile, cultivating a deeper motivation than just attending the meeting, or getting an email out the door. 

 

What do you feel has contributed to your success as an organization?

 

When was the last time you felt everyone working together on clear vision towards a common set of objectives?

 

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