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Employee Motivation is Essential for Success

Employee Motivation is Essential for Success

 Employee motivation is the elusive Holy Grail for most businesses. The truth of the matter is most organizations and leaders do not know how to motivate their teams in a consistent fashion. They try to ply people with rewards if they achieve goals, they offer sage advice to try and inspire team members and they try to lead by example. They may see short burst of productivity only to have the team fall right back into their normal routines and level of efforts.

We all think we want to create employee motivation but what we are really talking about is the desire to create employee engagement. You motivate people to excel in short bursts, to overcome challenges or to reach a specific goal but we engage to create a culture that transcends extrinsic motivations. When you nurture and develop trust and passion for the company’s vision and goals, you engage team members based on their intrinsic motivation.

First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently

First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently

One of the books that has fundamentally inspired the Kudos team is First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently [1999, Simon & Schuster], by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman from the Gallup Organization. The authors conducted an in-depth research study involving +80K managers across NA in various industries, trying to determine how the best managers find, keep and nurture the best talent? They also wanted to formulate a measure for employee satisfaction/engagement – and they began with this question:

“Wouldn’t it be great, if at work at least, we didn’t have to confront our insecurities on a daily basis?”

The Kudos Happiness Project

The Kudos Happiness Project

I’m not sure if everyone is aware how much the idea (and the pursuit) of happiness is most definitely in the air as part of the zeitgeist of the moment, and how exactly Kudos fits so seamlessly into this narrative:

Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (book review)

Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (book review)

Drive is a great read that promotes a fresh perspective on how to practice business in this new Millennium that is more humanistic, while remaining profitable. The Drive philosophy is grounded in Motivation Theory, and moves beyond the dated robotic focus on Rewards & Recognition, i.e. the “carrots & sticks” approach to human motivation, which Mr. Pink refers to as Motivation 2.0.

Before delving deeper into M2.0, Mr. Pink takes time to outline the basic survival core that drove human evolution for many millennia, i.e. Motivation 1.0. The basics, of course, were and remain: food, shelter & procreation. These are the fundamental security concerns of every human being. These are our biological drives, but once they are secured, human nature begins to yearn for things beyond the basics.