February 1, 2015 neresidence

What Motivates You?

February 01, 2015

Happy Warm January Weather!

I have had so many great experiences since working at Northeast Residence. Today I want to ask each of you to think about the great experiences that you have had while working, living or being involved with Northeast Residence.

A few years ago I was fortunate to take a year-long leadership course and I really was able to learn so much during that course.  The course was about Ethical Leadership and part of that Ethical Leadership was to understand about what motivates people in their work lives as well as in living their daily lives.  We were assigned a reading – a book by author Daniel Pink, Mr. Pink believes that each person is motivated by different things, but at the core we are all motivated by three essential factors: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives.  2.  Mastery – the urge to get better and better at something that matters.  3.  Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

I believe Mr. Pink’s theory about motivation.  I believe that people are motivated by the desire to direct their own lives, that we all urge to get better and better at something that matters, and that we all have a yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

There is no question that many of us have a job because we have to earn money.  But where each of us chooses to make that money defines us and a large part of our lives and really does help each of us begin to examine what motivates us to work where we work and live our lives the way we do.

So, ask yourself the question – what motivates you?  I think that each of you can really relate to the three theories of autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Once you think about what motivates you, ask yourself another question – Why do we choose to be involved with Northeast Residence?  Each of us will have different reasons, but I do strongly believe that each of us at our core is here because of the clients that we serve.  We are each rewarded every single day by the people we work with – our co-workers and by the clients we work with.  Working with clients at Northeast Residence allows us that opportunity to direct our lives, to get better and better at something that matters and to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

I have shared my favorite quote “I always wondered why someone didn’t do something about that and then I realized I was somebody.”  How many times have you been in a situation where you felt frustrated or felt that there was something that should change?  This quote to me speaks to every aspect of our lives.  You are all motivated by something just a little bit different, but I ask you to really think about it.  We all get to make a difference every day in the lives of anyone we come into contact with.  Use this motivation to make a difference.  If you come to work and someone is down or having a bad day, encourage them.  If you see something that you would like to change, speak up.  If you are having a bad day, think about what motivates you; it may change that bad day.

I acknowledge that I work because I want to earn a pay check, where I earn that pay check is up to me.  I also admit that I sometimes have a bad day and it is really hard to turn my attitude around.  On these “bad” days I remember why I am here and what difference I can make.  It always helps to remember that I choose to work at Northeast Residence because what motivates me is my sense of purpose and making a difference.

I have been able to visit each of the programs that Northeast Residence operates and I have met a number of staff and many of the clients and even some of the family members.  Knowing that I can come to work every day and make a difference in the lives of so many people is a great reason to get up and make it out there even on the coldest and most snowy days.  Last week, I was able to attend the service for our client Todd Norman who passed away recently.  I had met Todd, but I did not know him well.  I was so impressed by the commitment of the people who did know Todd well – the clients and the staff who also attended the service.  Todd was loved by his family and his NER family.  Todd’s memory will live on in the clients and the staff and even in the staff who no longer work here.

Todd made a difference in people’s lives.  In fact, we all make a difference in someone’s lives, I just ask that once in a while you think about that difference you make and keep it with you.  Every interaction we have has an impact on someone.  Let’s use our impact for good!

I want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you and I hope that what motivates me about working with Northeast Residence is what makes you work, live or be associated with Northeast Residence.  Please consider continuing your involvement, or getting involved in what makes us a great place to live and work!  Come to us and remember what it is that motivates you to work here.  Together we will continue to make Northeast Residence a great place to live and work!

Enjoy this warm January weather for as long as it lasts!  Just remember, spring is just around the  corner!

Heidi Holste, Executive Director