Teamwork and Motivation: Manager as a conductor

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The most important motivation factor in one Company: Employees must be eager to work. Who is responsible for? Now we could say: must see for himself how he motivates himself. Also in the company. That's only partially true. For what is there for conductors, in the entrepreneurial reality also called executives?

Team spirit and motivation: Manager as a conductor Team spirit and motivation: Manager as a conductor

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Richard de Hoop 61Richard de Hoop is a coach and known from the ProSieben-Glücksreport.


Do you know your orchestra as a conductor?

The head of a philharmonic orchestra must know every instrument. He does not necessarily have to master the instruments himself, but he has to understand how it is to play a particular instrument. He should feel what the composer wanted to do with his listeners.

But he also needs to know how to use the existing instruments together to complement each other and produce harmonic music. Above all, he has to know his orchestral members exactly and understand who can play well and how and where to use.

Do you know your manager as a manager?

If he knows exactly who controls which instrument perfectly, he knows the limits of his orchestra members and he will not use them in the wrong place. Interesting here is the consideration: the conductor turns his back on the audience in order to concentrate completely on his ensemble. Is that also in the Company so, asks Richard de Hoop ...

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Transferred to a company means that the head of the company or department should really know every employee and their potential, their strengths and weaknesses. Only then can he assemble and deploy teams optimally. He must know exactly the individual talents and limitations of the individual employees.

Instruments symbolize the character of the employees

Otherwise he will put them in the wrong place. In the real orchestra, no conductor deserves this name, to the idea of ​​the part of a harp suddenly being given to the piano. The piano is simply not suited to giving away the ethereal harshness of its form and texture. Because it can do what it wants.

To define the characters of people and to represent their range, I use eight different instruments: violin, guitar, piano, horn, harp, trumpet, drum, bass. How do they all fit together, in which combination, what can they do, alone and in the team? What happens when there is too much of the one or too little of the other?

Who am I, and if so, how many?

We are not just an instrument. Normally, each human being has one main instrument representing the main character traits and two other instruments, more or less pronounced.

Why is that important? Because, the secondary instruments show the nuances in the personality that are present in every human being and co-worker, which, depending on the nature of the first and stronger instrument, make this softer or even stronger. All the two or three instruments together then give the entire personality. For illustration, I give the example drum:

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Drumming is good - but not only

The drum is a born pacemaker. In a staccato manner, the drum employees advance in a dynamic, communicating manner. They drive, "faster, faster," is their motto. Drums look like bosses. Always. Even if they are not. That is their way of being and doing. They are very useful in the team as they advance projects.

Some are afraid of them because hardly anyone is at this rate. If, in addition to these qualities, which are inherently positive for a company, a drum-worker carries the softer features of the social, compassionate violin, the hard drum properties are somewhat lessened.

Drum with a shot of violin

This drummer's co-worker or chief will be determined and demanding in the matter, but nevertheless gently enough, in order not to bother or frighten all. If a drum does not have the violin properties itself, it is advisable to place a new employee with violin attributes on the side of the drum.

So the balance is restored. Another example is the serious bass.

So that the bass does not become too profound ...

Basses are serious, very serious. And very disciplined. Bass employees are practically predisposed. They arrive at their workplaces, do the work without long talking, make no jokes and can not be distracted by anything.

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This is important for the team discipline. However, these dominated and serious people need a lively, enthusiastic counterpart to be truly successful. The trumpet is ideal.

.... he needs a trumpet around him

A bass with trumpet properties as a second instrument can sometimes feel as if two souls are in his chest, but in general this is a very healthy and positive mixture of discipline and enthusiasm that can bring such a person far.

If the bass is more a pure bass, the presence of a trumpet member in the team is a blessing for him or her. The two of them will sometimes get irritated, but always perfect. When these two combine their qualities and accept each other, they can celebrate many successes together. And this is the case with all other instrument combinations.

The right mix makes it

When the teams in the company are mixed, harmony, joy at work, successful, coherent teams and the important radiant eyes are soon given. I would advise the conductors or managers to note that, depending on the current goals of a company, the teams are to be set up differently.

If it comes to massive sales increases or projects come to a quick conclusion, drum-heavy teams are certainly beneficial. For change processes or restructurings, I recommend including softer sounds and instruments as well.

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But executives who play all the pieces will always instinctively recognize which instruments are to be used.

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