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Chapter 24. The Self-Directed Team > Self-Direction Requires Self-Motivation - Pg. 318

The Self-Directed Team 318 3. 4. To ensure that he would do this, he drew up a contract with himself specifying his commitment to raise his grades and listing what steps he would take to accomplish this. When difficulties arose or he was tempted to slacken his efforts, he reread the contract and renewed his com- mitment. Share it with another person. The great writer on self-motivation, Napoleon Hill, recommended that you share your com- mitment with another person. Rocco gave a copy of his contract to his teammate, Eric, and had him sign it as a witness. Eric promised Rocco that he would keep after him to do the work needed to get those grades. Rocco credits Eric's support with helping him achieve the goal. Give yourself a pep talk. For years coaches have been giving pep talks to inspire their teams. When you are feeling down, when you need an extra push to accomplish a mission, give yourself a pep talk. Lisa's goal was to become a medical secretary. She completed the courses required and set out to find a job. After several rejections due to her lack of work experience, she became discouraged. When she went to her next interview, she thought, "What's the use? I'll run into the same thing again." However, she determined that she would fight to get this job. She gave herself a pep talk. "I want this job and I have the technical know-how. I am a diligent and conscientious worker. I can do this job and will be a real asset to this doctor." She repeated this over and over again on the way to the doctor's office. Her self-confidence and enthusiasm manifested itself in her answers to his questions, and she was offered the job. Some months later the doctor told her that when he saw from her application that she had no work experience, he had decided to give her just a courtesy interview and reject her. But her enthusiasm convinced him to try her. She carried that enthusiasm into the work itself and became a very successful medical secretary. Team Goal Setting When members are active participants in establishing the mission and determining the goals, they will be enthusiastic about them. The team members at a newly created software development company were asked to set the team's goals. Before the first meeting, each member was given a statement of the purpose for which the team was formed and the general areas in which it would function. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. At the first meeting of the team, they set up a formula as to how they would tackle the assign- ment. Each team member brought to the next meeting a draft of the goals and expectations that he or she considered should be included in the team goals. The team members evaluated the drafts and, through the consensus process, reached agree- ment on the goals and determined what should be done to implement them. Several members volunteered to work on performance standards for each phase of the projects planned. After studying the final version of the goals and standards, each member chose the projects to which they felt they could contribute most effectively. The team moved ahead on its self-chosen assignments with great enthusiasm and alacrity. Total Team Involvement An advantage of working in a team is that each team member helps motivate the others. If one member feels low, his colleagues can help him get over it. If another is stressed out, her associates can assist her with stress reduction exercises.