Motivation is Owned by the Individual

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David Whitfield
Professor, United States

Motivation is Owned by the Individual

Motivation is a slippery slope. I believe Wlodkowski who says: one cannot directly motivate another since motivation is owned by the individual; it comes from within us. It's the same as telling one to stop thinking abut sex. You have no control over that person's thinking, though you may provide an ambiance of sorts to do so; the same applies to motivation.
However, the leader can foster motivation by addressing two questions:
1. What do you need that you're not getting?
2. What can I do to make this relationship better, different, or more...(you choose the word)?
Then listen carefully to the response. Most, if not all want to be recognized, validated, and respected. Performance expectations and metrics must be crystal clear; finally, leaders must be consistent in their behavior--no Jekyll and Hyde--of integrity, trust, rewards, and punishment.

  Keith Whenmouth, Australia
 

Motivation Through Discretionary Effort and Retention

A measure of motivation is the willingness to expend discretionary effort and the willingness of staff to stay with an o...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Constituents of Motivation - Fair & Sqare

If the corporate vision is clouded or if there is no vision (a common feature in many organizations in my culture) m...

  Nelson Mwape, Zambia
 

The Extent the Motivation is Owned by the Individual

Motivating employees depends on which motivation theories are used as a reference point. Some theories state that employ...

  David Whitfield
Professor, United States
 

How Motivation is Owned by the Individual: The Influence of Culture

- I agree with Mr. Whenmouth re: a willingness (a form of intrinsic motivation) to stay with the organization. People do...

  Nelson Mwape, Zambia
 

The Constituents of Motivation - Fair & Sqare

I support Arif's sentiments employees are motivated when they feel needed and when they are appreciated. Many a time you...

 

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