What’s the Motivation?

Motivating yourself and others.

You want to motivate yourself-you have to figure out what motivates you most effectively. Or you want to motivate others-you have to figure out what motivates them most effectively. The University of Minnesota Career Center has a work values inventory that pinpoints eleven areas that can motivate:

  1. independence
  2. creativity
  3. challenge
  4. money
  5. self expression
  6. service to others
  7. power
  8. achievement
  9. recognition
  10. interpersonal relationships
  11. variety

Motivation can involve positive or negative consequences. Motivation can be tangible or intangible, intrinsic or extrinsic. Positive motivation is usually the most effective, and intrinsic motivation tends to be intangible. However, to stop a bad habit like using bad language, you can set up a negative tangible consequence like putting a dollar in a jar every time you slip up.

MOTIVATION

Intrinsic (internal)

Extrinsic (external)

Positive (approach)

Desirable outcome

Mastery

Knowledge

Money-tangible

Praise-intangible

Negative (avoidance)

Undesirable outcome

Self-criticism

money in jar-tangible

Negative feedback-intangible

To achieve the goal:

Measure results. Simply posting a scorecard can make the outcome like a game, motivating us to improve the score.

Recognize and reward progress. Provide incentives-an employee incentive plan doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Get creative ideas and ask what they want.

Know the goal, and communicate it clearly. Expectations and consequences need to be clearly understood by everyone.


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10 comments on “What’s the Motivation?
  1. Daily Report, Feb 6

    Team Collaboration What’s the Desired Outcome? … That question is important even for team projects (duh!). “This is even more pronounced for collaborative projects. Educating and energizing audiences through collaborative projects is an emerging to…

  2. Karl's Blog says:

    Great points. I also have motivation software available online at http://www.motivator.ws/ — it’s no cost, so check it out if you’re interested!

  3. Lawsagna says:

    Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

    It’s cold here. The wind sends chills right through my bones. Normally, I enjoy walking, I try to walk to places whenever I can, but on a day like this, I would not venture outside but for my two dogs

  4. Sue says:

    Fabulous points you make about how to motivate yourself and others. The eleven points are a valid guide for those of us wishing to make the changes. Identify where you nedd to change one at a time, prioritise and then take action.

    Phoenix

    http://www.easymotivationalstrategies.com

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