Are you always working with motivation?

Q&A with Catherine Whitmore, HR and Projects Manager at memcom. Catherine is a Licensed Practitioner of Motivational Maps, a workplace and personal development tool.


What are Motivational Maps in a nutshell?.


Motivational Maps are a tool used to analyse what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning! They get to the core of what is important to you and what needs to be present in your work environment to help ensure you’re at your most productive and happy. This can change over time, as your circumstances change.


What could I expect from a session?


Prior to any in-depth conversations, I will send you a link to a set of questions which you can do in your own time on your own computer. Typically this takes around 15 minutes. Once those questions have been answered I will send you a copy of the initial results. We will then agree a time when we can discuss the results in more detail, either in person or online. Zoom or Skype are really good mediums for this kind of conversation. These conversations normally last about 45 minutes.


How can they help professional development on a personal level?


Motivational Maps can be used to help a manager understand how to get the best out of an individual that they manage, or a team. They can also be used in a recruitment context, as part of a learning and development exercise or as part of an individual’s professional development.


If you are thinking about your next career move, either internally or externally, it’s really useful to understand what motivates you in a work environment. Are you motivated by being in charge? Is material reward important to you? What level of stability do you need? Do you like to work in close collaboration or do you prefer to work alone? Understanding these sorts of things can really help you to plan your next move, understand what kind of support you need and think about areas for learning and development.


How can Motivational Maps lead on to affecting team performance?


If you are managing a team and you want to improve overall performance, understanding everyone’s individual motivations can be really helpful. What is likely to motivate them to be more productive? This training will offer a framework for management styles to get the most out of your team. It can also help you to look at the team as a whole to see where you might have collaboration and / or conflict.


What might a typical action plan look like after completing the training?


There’s no such thing as a typical action plan, it really depends on what you would like to get out of it.


What success have you had running these training sessions?


I’ve worked with individuals and teams, some thinking about a promotion, some thinking about whether they should leave their place of work, some going through a redundancy process. In all cases, the reports from Motivational Maps and our further conversations have confirmed and validated their understanding of what they need from their roles, their colleagues and their managers.


Interested in having an informal chat with Catherine about how Motivational Maps could help with individual or team development? Please email