Principles of Human Motivation

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Principles of Human Motivation

1. Have a reason. Adults want to see a purpose in what we do.
2. Develop a sense of responsibility. People should be proud of their accomplishments.
3. Employees need to know that we take them into account. Involve them in the task, enrich their work.
4. Give recognition, stimulation and approval. The greatest human need is the need for appreciation.
5. Link rewards to performance. In life and in work, there are values.
6. Provide rewards that are valued.
7. Promote healthy competition to avoid disloyalty. The team spirit must prevail as mutual support.
8. Be accessible. Barriers in communication creates misunderstanding.
9. Welcome people in public and correct them in private.
10. Practice active listening with your team, set up meetings, promote coexistence.
11. A high self-esteem of the head will spread to the others.
12. Consider the internal reasons.
13. Give opportunities by delegating in your team.
14. Let people make mistakes and teach them what is correct: itīs part of learning and training
15. Helping others to feel good, starts when you feel good.
16. People do things for their own reasons, not for ours.
17. Finally, create a good working environment and treat people as people.
After many years of working with many persons, I've discovered these by means of readings, experiences, lessons, dialogues, definitely, by means of livin myself. Life and abilities of observation are great teachers. High doses of curiosity are necessary.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Wow. Who can suggest #18?

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Jaime Fernandez V.
Professor, Chile

18. Motivation is a Dynamic Process

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Andrew Clark
Business Consultant, Australia

19. Belonging to a Group

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Frederic A Parker
Consultant, United States

On 16: Motivation is an Inside Job

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Jose Wilson Massa
Consultant, Brazil

On 14: Allow people to Make Mistakes

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20. Have the Will to Motivate

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On 17. Treat People as People

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Stefano Segato
Director, Italy

20 Principles of Human Motivation

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Human Motivation in Practice

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Margaret Kilonzo
Manager, Kenya

On 9: Correcting People in Private

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Antonio Cucurachi

21. Tell People Where you are Going

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Abiola Yusuff
Business Consultant, Nigeria

22. Recognize the Positive Impact of What we do on Others

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A.J. Bierman
Business Consultant, South Africa

In Agreement. But Complex

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Lucio Reyes Barranca, Mexico

17 Principles of Human Motivation

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Romy Sson
Management Consultant, Philippines

23. Communicate your Focus

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Khalil Rajati
industrial enginer, Iran

On 5. Link Reward to Performance

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Damith Baduraliyage
Student (MBA), Sri Lanka

On 11. Self-esteem and Conduct of Leader

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Tinus van der Merwe, Saudi Arabia

24. Encourage Co-operation Amongst Team Members

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Andrew Clark
Business Consultant, Australia

25. Eliminate Demotivators

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Jaime Fernandez V.
Professor, Chile

On 25. Eliminating De-motivators

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26. Provide Reasons to Work Beyond Just Earning Money

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27. Avoid Discouraging your Team

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Director, Spain

Hertzberg, Mc Gregor and Motivation

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Andrew Clark
Business Consultant, Australia

Incentives versus Motivation

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Jaime Fernandez V.
Professor, Chile

Incentives versus Motivation

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Motivating Forum

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On 17. Treat People as People

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Entrepreneur, United States

On 17. In 'Workforce' the Human is First, the Employee Second

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Coach, Netherlands

On 16. People do Things for Their Own Reasons

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Abdul Rahman
Management Consultant, Malaysia

28: First Understand Each Individual Person

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Syed Noman Mustafa
Manager, Pakistan

10 Laws of Human Motivation

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Student (University), Jamaica

On Principles of Human Motivation #4: Create a sense of Win-win Achievement

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29. Give Ongoing Education Opportunities

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Karin Mogard
Consultant, Norway

30. Ask Each One in Person How they Evaluate Their Own Strength and Knowhow, and How they Could Contribute in the Best Way

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Sandy Szilage
United States

Principles of Human Motivation: #31 Lead by Example

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Self Determination Theory (Deci and Ryan) and TPB (Ajzen)

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