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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: it´s pa (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

Wow. Who can suggest #18?

Hi Antonio, your list of motivation principles is (...)

  Jaime Fernandez V., Professor, Chile

18. Motivation is a Dynamic Process

A very good and useful list. I might add a persona (...)

  Andrew Clark, Business Consultant, Australia

19. Belonging to a Group

I suggest 19. People need purpose and belonging an (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States

On 16: Motivation is an Inside Job

Similar to # 16. Motivation is an inside job. I th (...)

  Jose Wilson Massa, Consultant, Brazil

On 14: Allow people to Make Mistakes

Many leaders forget this one. If you do not permit (...)


20. Have the Will to Motivate

Unfortunately, what I see in most cases is that we (...)

  samir mahoud elgamal, Project Manager, Egypt

On 17. Treat People as People

This one means a lot to me and I believe it is key (...)

  Stefano Segato, Director, Italy

20 Principles of Human Motivation

Dear Antonio Barranco Ruiz, I agree with the edito (...)


Human Motivation in Practice

Great summary. On the other hand, practice is much (...)

  Margaret Kilonzo, Manager, Kenya

On 9: Correcting People in Private

I totally agree with principle 9. I have seen how (...)

  Antonio Cucurachi, Italy

21. Tell People Where you are Going

Allow me to suggest an additonal principle to the (...)

  Abiola Yusuff, Business Consultant, Nigeria

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

Antonio, that was a great write up! And I agree wi (...)

  A.J. Bierman, Business Consultant, South Africa

In Agreement. But Complex

I'm in total agreement with the comments and contr (...)

  Lucio Reyes Barranca, HR Consultant, Mexico

17 Principles of Human Motivation

Hi, Antonio. Incredible! How simple it looks to ob (...)

  Romy Sson, Management Consultant, Philippines

23. Communicate your Focus

People are motivated to do something if they know (...)

  Khalil Rajati, industrial enginer, Iran

On 5. Link Reward to Performance

Many people think their reward does not match thei (...)

  Damith Baduraliyage, Student (MBA), Sri Lanka

On 11. Self-esteem and Conduct of Leader

I strongly support on no 11. The self esteem, self (...)

  Tinus van der Merwe

24. Encourage Co-operation Amongst Team Members

I would like to add "encourage co-operation amongs (...)

  Andrew Clark, Business Consultant, Australia

25. Eliminate Demotivators

Many organisations and groups could get an instant (...)

  Jaime Fernandez V., Professor, Chile

On 25. Eliminating De-motivators

What a great word: de-motivator! I congratulate th (...)

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA, Entrepreneur, United States

26. Provide Reasons to Work Beyond Just Earning Money

Provide a reason for employees to go to work other (...)


27. Avoid Discouraging your Team

If you don´t want to motivate the persons in your (...)


Hertzberg, Mc Gregor and Motivation

Herzberg gave us : 1. Maintenance and hygiene fac (...)

  Andrew Clark, Business Consultant, Australia

Incentives versus Motivation

There is a difference between incentives and motiv (...)

  Jaime Fernandez V., Professor, Chile

Incentives versus Motivation

Andrew, your comments are very useful. This distin (...)

  edward sevume, Sweden

Motivating Forum

For some few weeks back, I came upon Antonio´s pri (...)

  X Mbane, Manager

On 17. Treat People as People

I fully agree with Antonio B. Ruiz especially numb (...)

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA, Entrepreneur, United States

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

Agree, I have heard somewhere that it is more impo (...)

  Grijseels, Coach, Netherlands

On 16. People do Things for Their Own Reasons

People move towards something they want or like an (...)

  Abdul Rahman, Management Consultant, Malaysia

28: First Understand Each Individual Person

I think the toughest job for a manager is trying t (...)

  Syed Noman Mustafa, Manager, Pakistan

10 Laws of Human Motivation

Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from (...)

  veronica gordon, Student (University), Jamaica

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

The work place should allow employers and employee (...)

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA, Entrepreneur, United States

29. Give Ongoing Education Opportunities

I believe it is also important to provide employee (...)

  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

People often have good knowledge on several items, (...)

  Sandy Szilage, United States

Principles of Human Motivation: #31 Lead by Example

I suggest #18 Lead by example. People feel motivat (...)

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