Key words in motivating employees…

The words that have always motivated me personally (and continue to do so till this day) are words that exhort me to:
a. Rise to higher levels of performance
b. Strive to exceed expectations always, and
c. To maniacally stay opposed to resting on one’s Laurels..

A favourite quote (anonymous) that I always hang before my mind’s eye is:
“Whatever it was that got you here in the first place, sure isn’t good enough to keep you here.”

As a manager/Leader start getting used to the idea of showing dissatisfaction and even disappointment when reviewing your team’s achievements. Create frustration with their sense of “I believe I have arrived…so pat me on the back please.”

I call this ‘Motivation Through Positive Frustration’ (c) – when you do or say something that causes frustration in someone else…enough frustration that they want to get right back at you by doing something that will totally impress you…blow you away.
And when they come back to talk about their achievements and to ask for the proverbial ‘pat on the back,’ you know what you’ve got to do right?
Try a little more dissatisfaction and disappointment!…believe me – this really works!


Some responses had one, single word – Together.Really? Just one word “Together?”

I am amazed that we have funding for research of this nature that takes such an extreme notion and then literally whacks you on the side of the head with the idea that this could be some sort of ‘magic mantra’ that would take away all the ills of the modern day work environment fraught with the obvious lack of togetherness…and somehow make it all good.

I do believe that real teaming when people from differing levels of skill, knowledge, expertise and emotional maturity come together as a physical entity, co located and driven with a common goal, they can typically produce results that are a gestalt in terms of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts .
However I have a lot of unresolved doubt about the experiment conducted in the current thread source?

Why would you try to fool people into believing something that is not true and then try to make some sort of ‘Aha’ statement out of it?

if you are in new York and someone gives you a map of Washington, you would still not be able to locate the White House? Because it just isn’t there (In NY)

So if you get people on a research study to believe they are working together eve though they a truly aren’t, you’ve just given them a map of Washington and asked them to locate the White House in NY?

We are all very aware that getting ‘real’ teams to strive towards becoming high performance teams can typically generate quantum returns in output and productivity, which naturally underscores the need for togetherness in the real sense.
And this would also naturally generate team motivation.
But to say that the artificial simulation of togetherness would facilitate higher productivity and motivation over the long term, has me looking for someone whose nose is growing longer and longer b the minute…

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