Have Your Pie and Eat it Too!

Luckily, I work in an environment where “open door policy” is more than just a buzz-phrase. Recently, itelligence’s SVP shared with us an article written by Jennifer Dulski, the President and COO at Change.org: “A Foolproof Tool for Motivating Your Team (and Yourself).” Dulski touches on the importance of the “platinum rule.” By now, you’re probably asking yourself “What the H$!! is the PLATINUM RULE?!” Well, so was I… but it actually makes a lot of sense.

You see, growing up our parents were always preaching to us (Jewish mothers are the queens of nagging) about the “Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.” However, as a manager, Dulski asserts that we must reward our team members based on their own motivation factors. “Treat others as they would like to be treated.” Platinum: Because all that glitters is(n’t always) gold.

Dulski  decided that the best way to keep people happy at work was to start directly asking all the people on her teams what motivated them. To do so effectively, she created a tool: The Motivational Pie Chart. I won’t go into the details here, but using this tool is relatively straightforward (it doesn’t require nearly as many ingredients as my Nanny’s homemade blueberry pie does) and is a proven method to increase discourse on how we can better motivate our teams. My Pie Chart (BrownSugarPeachAppleToBeExact) looks something like this:

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Did I mention that #PostGradSAP is a judgement free zone? Hey… girls gotta eat (not to mention all the shoes, handbags, and froyo that it requires to maintain the ultimate #yopro lifestyle).

You can read Jennifer Dulski’s full article on linked-in, here.

Peace, Love, Friday,

@PostGradSAP

Tracy

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