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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

If you aren't paying people, you really shouldn't expect them to stay around. If you want to give someone equity in exchange for payment; it should be a large amount of equity, and it should be ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

TL;DR: The main problem is the toxic culture of the company. You can't improve the team's behavior without addressing the toxicity of the environment. You need the company's leaders' full support on ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

The team members understand perfectly how the company "works" and have no reason to change their behaviour. Why would they want to work harder for no reward just because you tell them? If the project ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

Senior Management Owns "Tone at the Top" Modern governance frameworks like COBIT, COSO, and others all describe some variation of "tone at the top". Basically, it boils down to the fact that in ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

Lots of good answers already, but one thing I think may be missing is customer feedback. Developers will initially be enthusiastic at solving technical problems, but to sustain their enthusiasm they ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

Equity only? Well, you haven't made it clear just how "good" (your word) the equity is, but yes, likely the lack of anything tangible in terms of compensation is one of the factors involved here. But ...
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Earning Respect of Team Members When I Know Very Little About the Topic?

I'm a manager of a software development team who was a designer. I started with almost no prior knowledge of writing code, other than simple html and CSS. My initial view was that they are the ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

I liked Todd A. Jacobs', Tiago Martins Peres' and some others' answers, but I wanted to add to them. While this isn't a complete answer I think it is too much to place in the comments, so perhaps ...
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Team velocity declined after legacy declaration

Stop Abusing Velocity I know it is not common for management to rely on velocity as a measure of productivity. But in this company, velocity and individual points are how teams and individuals are ...
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How to improve team motivation with minimal wage increment but fair performance ratings?

The good news is that money has been shown to be a very weak motivator in many studies. The increase one may exhibit by money is short lived. A guy named Daniel Pink argued that motivation is ...
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Managing a junior project manager who is bored

TL;DR If your employee truly is bored, and one or both of you think this is actually a problem that needs to be solved, ask her for solutions that suit the both of you. The path to professional self-...
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Uncommunicative contractors "just want to work" and not be bothered; but miss deadlines

Just to give a different perspective/possibility than David Espina's Answer... What I'm reading happened is this: Problems occurred You assumed (without talking to the contractors?) that more ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

First of all i really enjoyed your question Sergey Yakovlev to the point of giving an upvote. It appears to me what you really try to understand is How are people motivated to do their work at ...
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Ample free time

How to keep the team motivated Ask the team. Chances are, the team knows both: What they want to do What improvements to their process would help most ...far better than you (or, most certainly, ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

Frankly, I don't see how it can be done. Specifically, I don't see what you could do, considering the constraints you have (and some of them are assumptions): No real-world contact to your and ...
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How can I motivate the team to take more responsibility for user stories?

From what you are describing, it looks like: You want your team to be (more) self-organizing and proactive in doing the work, and engaging in conversations with you (the PO) when they spot something ...
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Earning Respect of Team Members When I Know Very Little About the Topic?

Define Your Terms Before you analyze any problem, you need to define your terms. What do you mean by "respect?" What do you believe is your actual role on the team as a "project manager?" What do you ...
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How to manage a developer with poor work ethics

I can share a dialog schema that I use to solve issues such as the one that you have. The schema consists of four essential parts. Prepare your arguments well. Agree on the problem definition. Work ...
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Ensuring team motivation and project progress in a highly complex software project

the complexity of our software project is draining their motivation/enthusiasm/... That's mostly bullshit. Technical problems very rarely drain motivation. There are many sources of draining ...
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How to motivate high performers in team?

Many interview questions are less about the answer you give and more about your thought process. I didn't do your interview, so I don't know what the interviewer was looking for, but I could guess ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

TL;DR Questions about team composition and team effectiveness are on topic here. However, questions about business plans and startup funding are out of scope for a site about the practice and ...
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How could you prepare yourself for a new project proposal?

Start small and embrace failure as a learning opportunity. You said you don't have much knowledge in this area and there are some obstacles. In all likelihood, your first attempts will not work out, ...
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Technique or good way to talk to functional manager

This is a common threat for PMs running projects in a matrix organization where your team reports to other managers. But do not confuse that structure with the concept that the employee does not also ...
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How can I motivate members of a university project without money or punishments?

Play with their reputation. Create a dashboard/scoreboard and place the photos and names of each team member. Put some metrics there like tasks assigned, completed on time, late tasks and a ...
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How can I motivate members of a university project without money or punishments?

Motivation Requires Perceived Value What you're really asking is "How do I motivate people without meaningful rewards or punishments?" If you don't have people who are intrinsically motivated by the ...
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Uncommunicative contractors "just want to work" and not be bothered; but miss deadlines

You are not describing good performers. A good performer is not someone that knows how to just turn the wrench, it is all facets of work behavior an organization requires in order to produce the best ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

If the environment is as you describe, there is no chance whatsoever you can change your team's dynamics for your project, not in the time frame you are supposed to finish the project. What you are ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

I do not invalidate what any of the other said and there is obviously a problem of company culture. Yet I want to jump of this particular sentence you wrote : I am putting more resources such as ...
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How to improve our developer retention and development output?

If the people causing developers to leave or underperform are not under your control and are not listening to you, you can't do much. Urging developers to stay against their own interests will not ...
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