Stop demotivating people

Jason Gots writes in How to crush an employe’s enthusiasm that unsuccessful bosses and parents have one thing in common: they are expert demotivators. Jason refers to Jim Collins who says that “the best leaders don’t worry about motivating people – they hire passionate employees and don’t extinguish their passion“.

John Wenger writes on the same topic in Stop de-motivating people and refers, among others, to:

  • Daniel Pink who says people engage in their work because they seek out meaning, mastery and autonomy;
  • W. Edward Demings who says people are born with intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, dignity, cooperation, curiosity, a yearning for learning; and
  • Abram Maslow who says every person strives for self-actualization, it means has a strong desire to realize his or her full potential.

You don’t have to motivate your people, just stop demotivating them!

Published by Jan Höglund

Jan Höglund has over 35 years experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog. A common theme is his search for better ways of working together.

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