The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
424: How to Keep Your Team’s Morale Up
Jun 21, 2019
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Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to keep morale up in your company.

In all startups, there are times where the moral or the mood of the team is not at it’s highest. When the morale of your team is low, it is important that you take steps to raise your team's morale quickly, so that they can handle issues in your company better.

In today’s episode of the show, Steli and Hiten talk about what morale is, why keeping up morale in your team applies to everybody, how to measure morale in your team and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic

00:30 Why this topic was chosen.

00:40 Why keeping up morale applies to everybody in your team.

01:00 The definition of morale.

02:46 Why morale is a very interesting topic.

03:17 How to think about morale in your company.

04:03 How to measure morale in your team.

04:56 Why morale is important.

06:33 Why you need to ask people how they’re feeling about something.

3 Key Points:

I don’t think this only applies to managers and leaders in your team. This applies to everybody in your team.Do you feel like the present is going well and the future is going to be better?If people are confident, they feel really great about what they are doing.

Steli: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.
Hiten: And this is Hiten Shah, and today we're going to talk about how to keep morale up on your company. I don't think this just applies to managers or leaders or founders. This applies to everybody on the team. I'm going to start off by saying that. Steli, what do you think?
Steli: Well, I think you couldn't be more right. At the end of the day, first of all, I am going to do the Hiten Shah thing. I learned this from you Hiten. Let's actually read the definition of morale.


Hiten: Let's do it.


Steli: Let's do it. Morale, what I found here is the definition says the confidence, enthusiasm and discipline of a person or group at a particular time. All right. Confidence, enthusiasm and discipline, those are interesting-


Hiten: Very.


Steli: ... Words. I don't think I would have picked any of these three if you had asked me to come up with word associations around morale. But I'm not sure which words I would have come up with alternatively. [inaudible] morale, if I wanted to describe it, it was like what is the outlook that people have on the future and what is their feeling about the present? Do you feel like the present is going well and the future is going to get even better? Is there an upbeat, positive, looking forward to, energized, motivated, inspired vibe, positive? Or are people having doubts, stress, struggle, misalignment, worry, thinking things aren't going well, having doubt? A doubt and worry would probably be kind of the counter to morale in my free flow association.


Hiten: Morale. I think it's a very, very interesting word and very interesting topic because when you think about morale, you might not be thinking about it too much. When you think about the definition, you say it's confidence, it's enthusiasm, it's discipline. That's three very different things, right? If people are confident, they feel really great about what they are doing and are confident in their ability to do it I would say in a business, right?


Steli: Right.


Hiten: Enthusiasm, that's clear. You and I are always enthusiastic about this podcast. So everybody all right knows how that works. Then discipline, that a fascinating one. It's this idea that you are actually getting the things you say you're going to do and you want to do done, right? It's the discipline to get the stuff done. You're organized, you're structured, you're getting this stuff done.

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