Do you want to understand how your team-mates get motivated? Do you want to see whether a change has an influence on the
Moving Motivators, established by Jurgen Appelo (Management 3.0), help to get a picture how the behavior of your team-mates is
driven by internal rewards.
I like using the Moving Motivators from time to time as a method in a retrospective. It helps to reflect whether regarding the
motivators something can be improved and it helps to understand the team-mates and their motivation better.
More information about Moving Motivators and a free download of the cards can be found here: https://management30.com/product/moving-motivators/
Steps to work with the Moving Motivators in a retrospective
- Introduction: Give a short overview about the motivators (10 Minutes) und the purpose of the
Basis for Moving Motivators are the following ten intrinsic
- Curiosity: I love running experiments and trying something new.
- Honor: My values are represented in the team. This supports my loyalty.
- Acceptance: I am and what I do is accepted by the team
- Mastery: My work is challenging, encourage my competencies, but
- Influence: I’m able to influence work and my environment
- Freedom: I’m independent and can decide how to do my work
- Relatedness: I have good relations to my colleagues
- Order: There are rules which ensure a stable work environment and
- Goal: My work fits to my goals.
- Status: I have a good position and my colleagues recognize me.
- Round 1: How important are the different motivators for you? (15
Minutes)'Everybody on his own: Think about the question and put the motivators into your
- Round 2: How is the current motivation level of each motivator for you? (10 Minutes)
Everybody on his own: Think about the question and assign a motivation level to each motivator.
To make the evaluation easier I prepared evaluation sheets and asked the
team to write down the order of the motivators and the motivation levels there.
- Moving Motivator Cards – for everyone one set
- Flip Chart with the 2 Questions
- Filp Chart with motivation levels
- 1 – completely not motivated
- 2 – nearly not motivated
- 3 – slightly motivated
- 4 – moderately motivated
- 5 - motivated
- 6 – motivated over average
- 7 – highly motivated
- 8 – very highly motivated
- Evaluation sheets
- Evaluation Excel
- Prepare examples for each motivator.Especially for “Goal” and “Honor” we had some discussions
about the meaning.
- Plan enough time.
- For some colleagues it was new to think about their motivation. Therefore enough time for thinking and
reflection is necessary.
- We had interesting discussions about the order of the motivators and notices that some people in the
team had completely different orders. To discuss about the motivations helped a lot to understand the colleagues better.
- If you use the Moving Motivators exercise, plan at least 90 Minutes for the
- Decide how you will do the evaluation before you start the session – then you can prepare
- Structure the excise with an agenda, flipcharts with the questions and motivator level, evaluation
sheets and use time boxes.
- It’s a great method to get deeper insights. The team had really fun during the exercise and everybody
was able to contribute.
More information about Moving Motivators and a free download of the cards can be found