THE GRAPE THEORY OF MOTIVATION
|Growth||Being able to increase one’s skills and competencies; performing new or more complex tasks; participating in training programs.|
|Recognition||Promotion within the organization; praise for achievements; feedback (both positive and constructive criticism); receiving an award; printed references to an individual’s activities; being ‘listened to.’|
|Achievement||The opportunity to solve a problem; to see the results of one’s efforts; to reach goals that one has established to create a whole tangible product.|
|Participation||Involvement in the organizational decision-making; planning and scheduling one’s own work and controlling one’s own work activities.|
|Enjoyment||Having fun in a warm, friendly, supportive atmosphere.|
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF MOTIVATION
- Share responsibility, remembering that as you take credit for success, you must also share the failure.
- Understand that, as a leader, you can give authority and allow others to contribute to their own and your own success.
- Constantly remind yourself that only through participation can others make their jobs meaningful.
- Communicate the why as well as the what, to insure that understanding and cooperation become a habit.
- Evaluate accomplishment on the basis of the results achieved rather than on the activities engaged in.
- Sincerely be humble, knowing that most people would rather succeed than fail at their jobs.
- Seek always to set a good example. Through expecting good performance, reap great rewards.
- Force yourself to set goals and priorities for your job so others can build their goals toward these.
- Unceasingly seek to be objective, fair and honest in your act and deed, realizing the mantle of leadership is yours.
- Light the way for change, knowing that putting yourself in the other person’s shoes is the greatest gift of a leader.
SIX KEYS TO MOTIVATION
- Ask for performance.
- Use lots of positive reinforcement — and personalize it.
- Build relationships.
- Understand others’ points of view.
- Model what you want.
- Refuse to accept poor performance.
TWENTY HELPFUL HINTS FOR MOTIVATION
- Allow time for yourself.
- Pay less attention to time.
- Avoid discussing business over meals.
- Try to change your hyper habits.
- Place motivational quotes in your view.
- Ask for help.
- Sell an idea.
- Tell yourself a joke, laugh out loud.
- Pay attention to your health, diet and sleep.
- Pause to look around, assess.
- Regulate how many “to do’s”
- Meet with an energetic friend
- Find some quiet time daily.
- Say no.
- Finish one goal at a time.
- Collect appreciation.
- Talk to a significant other.
- Exercise daily.
- Watch for cycles in your mood.
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
- Make the members in your groups want to do things.
- Be a good listener.
- Give feedback constructively.
- Praise in public.
- Give credit where credit is due.
- Play up the positive.
- Be consistent.
- When you’re wrong or make a mistake, admit it.
- If an idea is adopted, tell the group why.
- Don’t be upset by little hassles.
- Use every opportunity to build up in your members a sense of the importance of their own work.
- Make personal contacts before and after meetings to encourage participation.
- Avoid assigning unnecessary tasks.
- Be open to feedback, both positive and negative, from members.
- Establish a genuine feeling of belonging to a group.