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The Search For True Motivations

Conflict Solving
Internal Communication
Motivation
Health / Stress / Burn-Out

5 June, 2018

Bruno Miranda
Bruno Miranda

VP Engineering at Doximity

Bruno Miranda discusses how he realized that a direct report’s desire to switch teams was actually due to the report lacking a sense of ownership.

Problem

A direct report approached me, as they wanted to switch teams. This person's current job required them to deal with ad-hoc style work and they wanted instead to focus on long-term goals and projects.

Actions taken

We discussed their motivations behind why they wanted a focus switch, and it quickly became clear they wanted to make the switch because they felt that they had a lack of ownership over their long-term goals. In addition, they felt that lacked mastery in terms of having the ability and time to learn new skills. We worked on a plan to get my direct report involved in meatier projects while still balancing their ad-hoc work in a 2-weeks on, 2-weeks off rotation. The person was receptive to it, and enjoyed the new types of projects. I came up with the idea on my own, by thinking about what my reports intrinsic motivation factors were, and why they felt a switch was important.

Lessons learned

What often appears to be a lack of motivation, can sometimes actually be attributed to a lack of ownership or purpose.

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