Consuelo Medina
3 min readNov 28, 2020


Ask yourself what moves you? What makes you get up in the morning? It should be a permanent exercise. Knowing what motivates your peers and team seems to be something very important but; We do?

Great Place to Work (GPTW) for Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, carried out the study called “Changes in the world of work” to explain what and how much impact some motivators have on people. In this study, direct recognition was the action most valued by 53% of employees, followed by monetary compensation (50%). estudio-revelo-la-importancia-del-reconocimiento-laboral-directo

A couple of months ago I joined the tribe. A group of consultants, all with long experience in different companies who decided to take the path of entrepreneurship. In this team there are no dependency or subordination relationships, however they have been working collaboratively for a couple of years. What keeps them together? and in labor-intensive times like the ones we are experiencing as a result of the pandemic; Will this union continue?

Seeking to know us a little more and explore the space of motivation, I invited them to work with the Moving Motivators practice of M 3.0

This exercise presents 10 intrinsic motivators and allows a series of activities around personal and team reflection.

You can see more of this interesting practice in the following link: moving-motivators

How did I carry out this practice?

With the Tribe we started the work by ordering the motivators individually and then sharing them with others.

For the first 3 priorities, each one wrote some actions that they could take to further promote their motivation in these aspects.

Then; We review the motivators we have in common: with no exceptions among the participants Freedom and Curiosity top the list.

One of the learnings of the team around the exercise is that their approaches to the subject of motivation were always theoretical and they had not had the opportunity of a practical space. They also concluded that their most relevant motivators were common and that this made them want to be part of this team; the tribe.

As a facilitator, I learned how challenging it can be to conduct this practice with experienced management professionals and to motivate reflection around something that seems already well covered. It is necessary to allow enough time to be able to generate a good dialogue and to have some good questions prepared to challenge some beliefs of the group.

The next experiment will be to have a new meeting to define how we want to use the result of this exercise in our team management. One of the challenges will be to build our purpose and for this to be clear about our motivations is key

If you put this practice into action; I would recommend that you work on plans to enhance motivation so that this exercise exceeds the theoretical and can bring benefits to people. It is not always easy, so it may be helpful to have some examples ready to mobilize ideas.

This is a powerful and revealing practice of very key elements in the functioning of both people and teams, it creates an entertaining space for interaction and reminds us why we do what we do. I invite you to apply it!

As a final fact, I tell you that my first two motivators are Curiosity and Freedom, so I think I came to the right place :)