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Moving Motivators Cards

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What do Moving Motivators have in common with a frog?

Moving Motivators is a tool that helps you discover what really motivates people in the workplace. This tool is based on ten motivators Jurgen Appelo taken from works by Daniel Pink, Steven Reiss and Edward Deci and Richard Ryan

Here is a list of ten motivators:

  • Curiosity: I have plenty of things to investigate and to think about
  • Honor: I feel proud that my personal values ​​are reflected in how I work
  • Acceptance: People around me accept what I do and who I am
  • Mastery: My work challenges my competence but it is still within my abilities
  • Power: There’s enough room for me to influence what happens around me
  • Freedom: I am independent in my work and responsibilities
  • Relatedness: I have good social contacts with the people in my work
  • Order: There are enough rules and policies for a stable environment
  • Goal: My purpose in life is reflected in the work that I do
  • Status: My position is good, and recognized by the people who work with me.

What about that frog? Jurgen used mnemonics to make it easier to remember 10 motivators. The first letters of motivators in English form the word “CHAMPFROGS” – see:

  • Curiosity
  • Honor
  • Acceptance
  • Masters
  • Power
  • Freedom
  • Relatedness
  • Order
  • Goal
  • Status
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How to use Moving Motivators?

How to use Moving Motivators? Here’s how to do it:

  • Preparation of cards: Each participant receives cards with ten Motivators.
  • Priority classification: Participants arrange the cards according to their priority, placing them from left (most important) to right (least important).
  • Discussion and reflection: After classification, each participant explains why they chose certain priorities and what these Motivators mean to them in the context of work.
  • Group analysis: The group leader or moderator can use this information to understand what the main sources of motivation are in the team. This can help you tailor work and tasks to the individual needs of team members.

Why “Moving” Motivators?

And why Moving Motivators? The name “Moving Motivators” emphasizes the dynamics and variability of motivation in the workplace. The order of Motivators for the same person may be different, depending on the situation he is currently in – it changes with the employee’s new experiences or the special circumstances in which he finds himself. This “mobility” in the name of the tool is intended to remind the manager that it is necessary to constantly examine the factors affecting the motivation of his team and adapt to possible changes.

What are the benefits of using Moving Motivators?

Moving Motivators bring numerous benefits to both teams and leaders:

  • Better understanding motivation: This tool helps you understand what really drives each team member, which is key to creating more fulfilling and effective workplaces.
  • Work adaptation: Allows you to adapt tasks and roles in the team to individual preferences and motivations of members.
  • Strengthening relationships: Helps build better relationships between team members, as understanding the motivations of others leads to more effective communication and collaboration.
  • Team Management: Makes team management easier by allowing leaders to tailor their approach to the motivation of each team member.
  • Motivation and commitment: Helps in increasing the motivation and commitment of team members, which affects performance and job satisfaction.


Moving Motivators is not only a tool, but also a way to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of motivation in the workplace. It allows not only to identify key motivational factors for each employee, but also to consciously adapt to changing needs and circumstances. The name “Moving Motivators” perfectly captures this idea of ​​constant adaptation and the awareness that motivation is variable and requires constant monitoring. By using this tool, both teams and leaders can better guide themselves in creating more satisfying and productive work environments that support both individual development and the achievement of team goals.

Moving Motivators are available in a remote work version as a template in Miro.