We had a lighter, fire-wood, a starter log, we even used newspaper to help speed the process of getting the starter log…well started…so that the rest of the fire-wood would burn.
At first we used the lighter, trying to get the corner of the starter log going to see if it would spread to the rest of the fire-wood. That didn’t quite work.
We then took newspaper and made balls out of them, and put them around the starter log and the fire-wood. That didn’t work either.
We then put newspaper under the starter log, and lit the newspaper, and that did the trick.
We lit a fire under it!
What methods do you use to get your team fired up?
Do you tug at the heart strings?
Do you use logic and play to their sense of reason?
Do you play to emotion?
There is a wrong and right way to light a fire under your team, if the struggle of getting the fire in my backyard started is any indication.
The different methods of heart, mind, and emotions are not wrong , as long as they are not used to manipulate people for selfish reasons.
People want to be a part of something great, something awesome, something that is beyond themselves. It really is an innate yearning.
In order to light a fire under, or within people, you must articulate your message, and lead to the following:
1. The team’s sense of purpose.
2. The team must feel they are contributing to the purpose.
3. The team’s mission.
4. The goal they have to reach.
5. The team must feel that their work is being valued.
What else do you believe will help light a fire in people?