Motivational Theory and Ideas

Alignment of aims, purpose and values between staff, teams and organization is the most fundamental aspect of motivation. The better the alignment and personal association with organizational aims, the better the platform for motivation. Where people find it difficult to align and associate with the organizational aims, then most motivational ideas and activities will have a reduced level of success.

Motivation is a complex area. It's different for each person. Nudge theory is an example of a powerful change-management concept which emerged in the early 2000s. It's extremely helpful in understanding, teaching, and to a degree managing the ways that people's thinking and decisions are influenced by indirect factors, rather than direct pressure.

Motivational receptiveness and potential in everyone changes from day to day, from situation to situation. Get the alignment and values right, and motivational methods work better. Motivational methods of any sort will not work if people and organisation are not aligned. People are motivated towards something they can relate to and something they can believe in. Times have changed and people want more. You should view the following motivational methods and ideas as structures, activities as building blocks, to be used when you have a solid foundation in place. The foundation is a cohesive alignment of people's needs and values with the aims and purpose of the organization.

This section focusses on the various motivational theories and models described by leaders in business and management.

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Frederick Herzberg: Background Frederick Herzberg – an introduction to the thinker and his motivational theory.
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To What Extent is Money a Motivator? How important is salary in motivating employees? Frederick Herzberg acknowledged the complexity of the salary issue (money, earnings, etc.), and conclRead More
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Motivational Model: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is an important model in understanding the motivational factors which influence our everyday lives. Maslow's ideasRead More
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Vroom's Expectancy Theory Vroom's expectancy theory separates effort, performance and outcomes, while Maslow and Herzberg focus on the relationship between internal needs and tRead More
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An introduction to Gamification Gamification is a buzzword that has become increasingly prevalent in today’s business world. Companies such as Cisco, Uber, and Duolingo all use gamRead More
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Video: The Puzzle of Motivation Author, presenter and career analyst Dan Pink examines the unusual puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most manRead More

This section focusses on the application of the afore-mentioned motivational theories to improve performance within the workplace, at a team or an individual level.

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McGregor's XY Theory of Management Douglas McGregor first proposed his famous XY Theory in 1960 to help people develop a more positive management style.
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David Mcclelland - Achievement Motivation David McClelland proposes three types of motivation: achievement, power and affiliation motivation which have been widely adopted in many organisationRead More
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Charles Handy - Motivation Calculus Charles Handy is an organisational and social development guru. He also came up with Motivation Calculus theory, and modern ideas about work, fulfilmeRead More
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Adams' Equity Theory on Job Motivation John Adams put forward his theory on motivation in 1963 which extends beyond the individual self and incorporates influence and comparison of other peRead More
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Nudge Theory Nudge theory is a flexible and modern change-management concept for understanding of how people think, make decisions, and behave; helping pRead More
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Exercise: Motivational Case Studies Motivation is often best explained by reference to real examples.
This topic focusses on the engagement of employees with the goals at hand, and how to keep individuals motivated and working towards a single target.
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Employee Motivation and Staff Motivation Surveys This article provides a structure and tips for creating an employee motivation survey questionnaire to help you develop your own tools for explorRead More
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Albert Humphreys TAM business change model Albert Humphrey (1926-2005) was a leading expert in the field of corporate strategic planning and strategy realisation. TAM® is a stepRead More

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