Open Thread: Motivational Tools – What Do You Use?

February 21, 2007

I’ll let you in on a little secret…here at FreshBooks HQ our motivational tool is a bell that we ring every time someone upgrades to a paying account. Inevitably it’s a race to “ring the bell” whenever one of those emails arrives. And while there are varying degrees of competition to actually ring it, everyone in the office loves the sound of that bell.

When you have a team, you need little ways like this to acknowledge your small successes. Maybe it’s a group lunch or something new for the office that benefits everyone, some form of public acknowledgement, but you need something. Little rewards like these build camaraderie and keep people focused.

Is there anything you do to keep you or your team motivated?

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Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.