Without a doubt, serving as president of the Kappa-Delta chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of South Florida has made me better off. The experiences and skills that were gained are priceless. During that time, I had the pleasure of serving with a unique executive committee. Shortly, after my first semester of serving, I sent a memo to my team. This memo was about something that teams strive to maintain–motivation.
The big picture
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier describe inspiration as a magical thing, a productivity multiplier, a motivator. This is precisely what this note is about.
If you feel frustration from your position, the ugly truth is that while you may be working hard, it’s likely you aren’t working efficiently. Frustration is a by-product of just this. Your position is one of immense leadership and requires the art of delegation. Each individual that is part of your team has a unique trigger that motivates them. While we strive to get the best people in the right positions—it is your duty to further tweak the equation to ensure they are happy and that they understand that you stand behind them. We know happiness produces the best results. Additionally, happiness strengthens the ties within the organization and opens the flood gates for creativity.
At this point in my term, my focus is changing from molding our culture into a vivid culture towards developing effective leaders—but not ones that are charismatic. I ask that you also do the same, especially with the youngest of members. I understand that I have high expectations but I do not make them without support—more so ongoing support.
In the pages enclosed, you will find some resources—of which some will be invaluable. I invite you to review them entirely in the order provided.
Hopefully, there will be something that will inspire you…
How this memo can benefit your team
The words above take the idea of motivation and breaks it up into meaningful and understandable parts.
- Begins with words of wisdom
- Proceeds to a reality, highlights a job responsibility, defines some hurdles, and presents a solution
- Captures these ideas and presents them in an actual executable manner
- Closes with an open-ended statement
Use the memo above as a foundation for reaching out to a newly formed team or to strengthen the ties within an existing team. Utilize high standards, be transparent and among other things supportive.