Moving Motivators

Discover what drives you


Find out what motivates us in our jobs and how this varies for different team members and different situations.


This technique uses cards of motivators to investigate our motivators. What is most important to keep us motivated, are we getting enough of that, and how can we improve?



Job Demands-Resource Model (EN)

Explanation of the Job Demands-Resource Model (JD-R Model), which looks at the effect of job demands and job resources on the effectiveness of a team.


Moving Motivators technique (EN)​

Moving Motivators is a technique from the book Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo. It is meant to help us reflect on motivation and how it affects organizational change.

To Work

The Moving Motivators technique is a simple instrument that consists of seven cards with motivators on them. Each motivator card looks at a specific energy sources, as identified by scientific research based on the Job Demands-Resource Model. An energy sources helps you cope with job demands and therefore contributes to the engagement and job satisfaction of team members.

  1. Select a context to investigate. Write it down, for every participant to see. Provide each participant with a full deck of motivator cards.
  2. Each participant sorts their cards in order of importance to them in the given context. This is done in silence.
  3. Let all (or some) participants elaborate on their ordering of the motivators. Ask questions like: “Why is that important to you? What happens if this motivator is well fulfilled? What happens if this motivator is poorly met?”
  4. Each participant moves up the motivators that are well fulfilled in this context, and moves down the motivators that are poorly met.
  5. Discuss the result and determine one or more points for improvement based on the insights.

You can download the cards for this technique below.


The Job Demands-Resource Model is a scientific model that was developed to investigate Burnout and later team results. There are numerous publications on the results. The Moving Motivators technique comes from the book Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo. (see More Resources).

You find a description of the Job Demands-Resource Model in section 2.2 Results Through Job Satisfaction of our book, Connective Teamwork (EN, NL). The book helps you set your team in motion with a practical 5-step plan and 20 teamwork techniques.

You can learn more about and practice this technique in our Connective Team Coach Training Course.

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