As a motivator, the classic stick and carrot method works well for horses,dogs and other animals. It may even work for some people when a Twinkie is substituted for the carrot.
However, to motivate most employees, the stick needs to dangle:
- Compliments from the boss when a job is well done
- Information about what's going on in the business now and intentions for the future
- Help and support from the boss with personal problems
- A feeling of job security
- Good wages
If you're discouraged with unmotivated employees, you may want to change the carrot on the end of the stick.
Or you may want to stop trying to motivate with a stick on the wrong end. Rewards trump punishment.
A 37 second read for your
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Tuesdays are action days.
That's because the
distractions of Monday's planning, posturing and procrastinating are
Thirty seven seconds of motivational thought follows below.
Read it now, not later.
Gold Star Effect
Your mother gave you one to wear on your wrist for learning
to tie your shoes.
Your second grade elementary teacher handed you one to stick
on the wall chart for memorizing your weekly spelling words.
Your fourth grade teacher placed one on your report card for
turning in all of your homework.
And then you
outgrew the need for gold stars to be symbols of your accomplishments.
After all, that's kid stuff and
you are an
You didn't need childish gimmicks to succeed.
On a conference call yesterday, the subject of visuals like
worksheets and charts for monitored progress came up as tools for
learning and personal development.
That's B.S. I thought. That stuff
I quickly changed my mind when I looked at the large 12 month
wall calendar on my office wall. On it are gold sticky circles on the
publish this newsletter.
Well, maybe it does
Make your own gold star wall chart to track your progress on
your projects. Seeing is believing. You won't want to break the chain.
|Now, get your boots on, go to work and make
it a great day!
And, here's a
gold star for you when you're done.
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