One of the challenges in any business improvement project is to motivate the team and more importantly, sustaining the motivation through out the program.
I believe that people are self-motivated. Unfortunately their other environmental factors that kill their motivation. So, instead of looking at the ways to motivate a person, we need to focus on removing the obstacles in their path.
In any project there is an implicit question, “what is in it for me?”. In our home project, I made sure that the kids understood it. For them it is a learning, fun, identity and some pocket money! The money part is to show their contribution saves electricity bill.
So far the kids have done well. The went to the library and borrowed a kit ” Home energy tool kit”. They collected all the previous years bill. My elder one, even made an Excel spreadsheet. Good to see that schools teach such basic things.
I have to admit that I find difficult to keep the focus on this project. I have to find some ways to keep it going. In the next post, I will post our results of the “Measure” phase.