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Old school motivation theory – worth a second look

By May 7, 2011No Comments

This is hysterical, old school, and worthy of a second look.

The motivators: achievement; recognition for achievement; meaningful interesting work; increased responsibility; and growth and advancement possibility.
Motivation is a function of ability and the opportunity to use that ability.

The Piano
No matter how motivated you are to play the piano, if you don’t know how to play a piano, you will not be motivated to play the piano. You can’t motivate anyone to do a good job who can’t do a good job. One of the most powerful motivators that you have is training. The more a person can do the more you can motivate them.

If you don’t have a piano, you can’t play the piano, either. You have to have the opportunity to play the piano to play the piano.

In our world:
Training creates the ability. Resources and budget and extended responsibilities create the opportunity. If you do not know how to lead, build teams etc, you will never fully motivated to lead or build teams. Once we teach you how to lead and build great teams, all you need is the opportunity.

Do you have the opportunity but lack the skill? Do you want to learn the skill to be extended the opportunity?

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