April 27, 2011
Excellent question, right? Robbins & Judge (2010) define motivation as “the processes that account for an individual’s intensity, direction and persistence of effort toward attaining a goal”. In other words, what moves us to expend that extra effort to make sure the job gets done? When it comes to organizational performance, there may be times when a higher salary or more time off is not the answer to motivate someone to do more–to meet or exceed organizational objectives.
Teams and organizations are just like people–one size does not fit all when it comes to creating a motivational climate or culture. What works great for a manufacturing firm may not go over well in a law firm. Which is why phrases like “herding cats” have made it into management terminology.
We want to hear what you think!! We need your inputs and opinion for the May edition of The New Face of Leadership. We’ve incorporated the discussion this month into a survey.
Questions 2 & 3 are multiple choice and we will collect and report the results in tabular or chart form.
Question #4 is an optional short essay opinion question. We will feature selected responses to this question (about 250 words + digital photo and short byline) in the opinion column.
Thanks for your participation!!