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Chapter 23. Technical Supervisors’ Motiv... > Technical Supervisor #4 Shawn, Chief...

Technical Supervisor #4 Shawn, Chief, Space Intelligence

1: What specific challenges did you experience in motivating technical professionals?
A: When you allow artists to create, they do much better than when you ask for a picture of your dog over the fireplace. It is much the same with the technical professional; these individuals know their jobs and can be extremely creative when required. I find that when you provide the necessary equipment and point them in the direction you wish to go, these folks will do the rest.
2: What specific recommendations would you make to help other technical professionals develop their motivation skills?
A: You can order people to do a job, you can use your higher position to force people to do a job, or you can ask someone for a task to be completed and he or she does so out of loyalty to you and the organization. I think that when you are an upright, no-bull kind of manager and help your people do their jobs—not stand in their way—they will be motivated by your example.



Lessons Learned

1: What are the similarities between the experiences you have had motivating employees and those of our supervisors?

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2: Did any of their recommendations have special value?

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