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This Practice Note considers how to motivate and manage direct reports who are not in the same location as you.
Generally it is harder to motivate and manage staff who are not in the same location as you. By developing the skill to manage remotely, you become more able to motivate and manage staff in close proximity as well.
While many subscribe to the idea that lawyers are or should be self-starters and therefore naturally motivated, any team leader worth their salt needs to establish what motivates each member of the team.
It is fundamentally flawed to presume that what motivates one person will have the same effect on someone else. For example some in-house lawyers constantly seek variety and novelty. Others prefer to stay in their comfort zone. The former may need to accept that they cannot flit from one novelty to another because it is important to complete assignments and learn from outcomes. The latter may need to be lured out of their comfort zone. Clumsy handling of either is likely to result in demotivation.
Take a look at this ten minute presentation which highlights some interesting findings on key motivating factors:
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