How to engage and motivate your team in a crisis

Written by Darin Fox, Released 01 Jun 2020

What are the seven motivators that drive each person in your team? How are they affected by a crisis, and and how you can support each team members’ individual style?

In Episode three of the Fastleader podcast, Darin Fox, Chief Research Officer at HFL, taps into the extensive experience of Jeevan Joshi, Founder of EX Assembly and HFL CEO Alistair Gordon to ask:

  • Is it important to look after yourself so you can look after others?

  • What are the seven motivators that each person in your team will respond to? How can you tell what motivates a specific team member?

  • How does a crisis affect each motivator?

  • In a time when job security becomes super important, how do you tap into other motivational drivers?

  • Can a crisis also be an opportunity, and how do you develop a positive outlook? If you are front line leader, is right now your moment?

Here’s the time at which each motivator is discussed in the podcast:

07:40 Achievement

09:12 Security

12:20 Affiliation

13:30 Power and influence

15:20 Balance and comfort

17:05 Autonomy

19:10 Financial


  • “A crisis can provide opportunities to think differently.”

  • “Re-calibrate what is possible.”

  • “It is more important than ever to focus on engagement.”

  • “If you look after your employees in a crisis, they will remember it for a very long time.”

  • “I’m a big fan of front line managers.”

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