Six Ways to Motivate Contribution

“Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself.”

~ Frank Crane

Six Ways to Motivate Contribution

By David Horsager

  1. Example: People do what they see. Actions speak much louder than words.
  2. Expectation: People generally step up to what is expected of them. Expect the best and you just might get it.
  3. Education: Teach people what they need to know to do their job well.
  4. Encouragement: No one gets enough of it. Encouragement delivered sincerely is golden.
  5. Empower: Provide the resources needed to do the job effectively.
  6. Extending Trust: Done with discernment, extending trust to others proves to be a great motivator of innovation and productivity (Horsager, 2010 p. 188)
From: Horsager, D. (2010). The trust edge: how top leaders gain faster results, deeper relationships, and a stronger bottom line. Minneapolis: Summerside Press
Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

Is your team less engaged than you want?  Share what behavior of Horsager’s resonates for you and your commitment for adding it to your actions for the week below.