Motivation Theory - Employee Motivation

Motivation Theory

Leadership development and management by motivation

Motivation Theory – Problem Team to Performing Team in 14 Days or Less

Posted on | June 23, 2009 | No Comments

Enjoy this short 22 minute video where I show you how to turn a non-performing and problem team into a top producing team in 14 days or less.

Team Leadership Empowering Employees from Robert Ratliff on Vimeo.

Motivate Employees – Story Telling

Posted on | June 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

Good leaders will know how to motivate their employees by telling good motivating stories. Story telling is an art, and if you do a good job telling a story, you will keep your audience captivated and make a strong point. As an example, below is a story I used to tell my team and other teams in the company when asked.

When I was around 15 years old, I had an experience that changed my life, but this story starts a little earlier. You see when I was in the ninth grade I was very fit. At this point in my life gymnastics was one of my hobbies. When we started our gymnastics exercise regiment our team would start with around 50 pull ups, 100 push ups, and 100 sit ups. Then we would begin our practice.

One day in gym class I was told by our gym coach, a different coach than my gymnastics coach, that we would be marking off pull ups for our presidential awards. When it was my turn, I asked the coach how many I needed to do to mark it off, and he told me I needed at least 3 pull ups. Laughing inside, I jumped up onto the bar, did my three and hopped down in about 30 seconds. The coach looked at me in amazement and asked me if I was going to do any more. My response was “I thought you said I only had to do three.” My coach acknowledge that I was correct, but he said I just thought you may want to do more since I’ve never seen anyone your age do pull ups so easily. I told him I didn’t want to and asked him if I could go play. My coach just looked at me in kind of a sad manner, and said “sure”.

A year later, after I left Jr. High and now attended High School, a friend of mine, a boy a year younger than me was on his way home. He was still in Jr. High, the same school I went to a year earlier.

“Guess what”, my friend said.

“What, I replied”. ”

“I broke the school record for pull ups today”, he said.

All I could think to myself was wow, I didn’t even know they kept records like that.

“How many did you do”, I asked.

I will never forget his response. It still amazes me.

“Eleven”, he said.

I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t even thought about going after the record, had I done that I could have easily done 50, 75, maybe even 100 pull ups and I may still hold the record today, 20 years later. But I didn’t even ask.

From that point on I decided I would never again ask what the minimum expectations were, I would always go for the record.

Motivation Theory-Don’t Do This Cont…

Posted on | May 30, 2009 | No Comments

Motivation Theory – Don’t Do this Cont… by Cynthia Giannone

I think the article, “Don’t Do This” was great because it’s simply a reality.  Not everyone is supervisory or management material, that is a fact.  More importantly, as a leader, rather than trying to motivate or “inspire” an employee with promise of a promotion, take the time to get to know them.  What do I mean by this?  I’ve spent many years in the roles of both supervisor and manager.  In my years, I have found, as many others have too, that the true “key” to inspiring someone to greatness is to find out what drives them.  What are their goals?  What do they aspire to?  What motivates them? What do they want out of life and more importantly, what do they want out of their job?

There are many employees who do not have the desire to become a supervisor or manager.  They have their own lives and don’t want the responsibility. Who can blame them?  It’s a lot of work, hours and dedication to be a strong, successful supervisor.
So, then what difference does it make if you, as a supervisor, know these details about each and every one of your employees?  Well, the methods that you would use to inspire someone that is driven by money, big bonuses, commissions, etc….would surely not have the same successful effect on someone that is driven by perhaps,…recognition.
There are many employees these days, that thrive on appreciation.  They are not in it for the big bucks.  Others may be at their job for the benefits.  With such a sluggish economy, employment that still provides good benefits is very important to many.  The point is, find out what THEY want.  Let them realize their own motivation.  Then all you need to do, is inspire them.  It’s simple.

Robert Stuberg said, “The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity. We have a tendency it seems to over complicate our lives and forget what’s important and what’s not. We tend to mistake movement for achievement. We tend to focus on activities instead of results. And as the pace of life continues to race along in the outside world, we forget that we have the power to control our lives regardless of what’s going on outside.”

Find out what is important and don’t let them forget it.

Motivation Theory – Have Fun

Posted on | May 29, 2009 | No Comments

Here’s a little excerpt from a Website Fun to Have to brighten your day.

Below are some examples of items that can be fun to have even if you have very little?

Your imagination is fun to have.

  • Kids play all the time in their rooms with not much than a little aciton soldier, or tea party set.  Why, because they use their imaginations.  You should try it.  Grab anything next to you, someting within 2 feet of you.  Now imagine what you have is a car and drive it all around your desk, or couch, or whatever you have around you.  Like it or not, when you do this, you are having fun, in fact if you do try this, try to do it without smiling.  I bet you can’t  now you are having fun.  Your imagination is fun to have.

A piece of string is fun to have.

  • Take the piece of string and wrap it around your finger, watch the end of your finger turn red.  When it starts to turn purple, you better unwrap it fairly quickly.
  • Use the string to create a circle and tie the two ends together.  Now you can use the string to make patterns using your hands and fingers like you did when you were a kid.
  • Take the piece of string and hold it above your head just above your mouth.  Now blow on the string and see how high you can get the string to sore through the air.  Now that’s fun because, a piece of string is fun to have.

A piece of paper is fun to have.

  • Use the piece of paper to make a paper airplane and fly it all around your home or if your at work, you can use several pieces of paper to make several airplanes and try to fly them into your bosses office.  It’s good target practice and it is a way to have fun.
  • Or, you can take the piece of paper and a pencil and draw a picture on the paper of your ex, then you can draw a mustach or a bugar hanging from their nose, or scrunch the paper up and throw it away, stomp on and smash it.  You can also unscrunch the paper and see what your ex will look like when they get old and wrinkly.  As you can see, a piece of paper is fun to have.

A magic marker is fun to have.

  • You can use the magic marker to draw two eyes, a little nose, and little mount on the tip of your finger, and before you know it, you have a friend to talk to who wont run away.
  • You can use the magic marker to draw a mustach on your sister while she is sleeping.  When she wakes up you can have fun running away from her while she tries to get you back or hit you.
  • Use the magic marker to paint your room with, it may take a while, but with dedication, and a supply of makers the same color, you can completely cover your walls in just a few weeks.  That’s the kind of fun that will last a long time.  In fact if you use different colors, your wall could look amazing.  See, a magic marker is fun to have.

Motivation Theory – Communication

Posted on | May 22, 2009 | No Comments

Communication is the key to preventing problems in the work place. Not only can the lack of communication cause unwanted outcomes for specific situations, but lack of communication causes employees to feel as though they are not really part of a team. Communication in the workplace is usually thought of telling people what they need to know, or what you want them to do. Communication is much more complex than that.

As a seminar speaker I learned that when I give a presentation there area at least four different presentations given. 1) The presentation I thought I gave. 2) The presentation I actually gave. 3) The presentation the audience heard. 4) The presentation the audience will relay to others.

When you are trying to communicate with others certain important aspects you want them to understand, it is always a good idea, to present your ideas, and then ask them to paraphrase in their own words what they heard. This may seem like a silly thing to do, but in fact this really helps to prevent misunderstandings and your employees will appreciate that.

Furthermore, it’s always good practice to ensure your employees are communicated with frequently so they feel they are needed in the company. There’s nothing worse than feeling like your a mushroom, and if you don’t know what that means it means you are kept in the dark, and fed “BS” all day.

In summery the motivation theory behind communication is, motivating employees isn’t always about awards, cheer leading sessions, and the like. More often than not by keeping your employees informed you not only are you enabling your employees to make better decisions based on the needs of the company, but you are also allowing the employees to work as a team all interconnected and understanding their roles and how the relate to the company. This allows for employees to feel better about themselves, and feel better about the company for which they work.


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