Derik Sivers tells us that to not share your goals with other people will make them more likely to be achieved. This is contrary to everything that I’ve ever heard or read…thus I like it (but I’m also a bit skeptical).
There are some very interesting insights into how the mind works that makes this have some credibility for me (watch the video). If true, this would have a lot of implications not only for the motivational work that we do, but for motivation theory in general!
I will need to do some more research on this. Would love to hear your thoughts.
I just had to laugh at the second clip in this. Wally should be up for a very large bonus based on his analysis…
What is sad, is that many companies reward programs actually would reward this type of behavior. Not failing is actually seen as a positive and rewarded. This leads to all sorts of behavior that minimize risk and limit exploration. Think about what this means for a company long term? Think the type of culture it breads? Do you think people really want to work in a company that rewards the Wally’s of this world?
Let us know what you think – leave a comment!
Team Building Fun!
We know teams
We do a lot of work helping improve how teams operate. Some of it is straight old fun team building – you know the type where you go off-site for a day and do different types of games and activities (note – some people love these types of programs and others detest them with a passion). Other programs we do are much more intense and involve really working on specific team issues and developing action plans for greater collaboration, communication, or productivity.
We’ve worked with big teams. We’ve worked with small teams. We’ve done programs for executives and for line-workers. We’ve worked with teams that are working well and just want to get to that next level and teams that really are on their last leg and need immediate urgent care or they will implode.
We have done one hour fun sessions. We’ve created on-going programs that last months and require intensive work by the participants.
Regardless of the type of team development we are doing – it is also part of building a more motivational organization. Continue reading
I’m linking to this blog as it has a great post that highlights some of the “old school” thinking that is still out there. It amazes me that in this day and age there are still managers that believe that showing appreciation is a bad thing….
Employees: Do you take them for granted?
Let me know what you think…
Spock and Kirk
You might motivate like Spock if you focus on…
- Cash performance bonuses
- Paid on multiple products/sales/behaviors
- Complex plans since they are more fair
- Use of thresholds, kickers, multiple payout levels
- Use of goal based programs
- Paid annually
You might be like Kirk if you focus on…
- Non-cash performance bonuses
- Paid on one or two measures
- Simplified earning process
- Use of simple multipliers
- Use of ranking contests
- Paid monthly
Other ideas on this? Add a comment and let us know…
First, if you have not watched Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion – please, please do. It is funny….ha, ha, ha, he, he, ha…. (ok, I need to work on my laugh – you’ll see the connection after watching).
Joss Whedan on why he developed Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: Continue reading
We had three very cute baby Raccoons in our yard last Thursday night. They were fearless, lost, adorable and wondering around lost without a mother. Kind of like employees without a good leader…but more on that later.
We went out and watched them as the toddled around the yard and gardens. They were obviously hungry. The smallest one could not keep up with its siblings and kept cooing out to them (that’s the only way I could describe it, like a mix between a cat’s “meow” and and owl’s “who”). The siblings would circle back and rub noses with the smallest one. They would try to get it to climb the rock wall to the garden or move under the table. The smallest Raccoon would waddle slowly after them and try to keep up.
But the siblings were hungry and cold themselves and soon enough – they left the smallest one by itself.
The next morning, the smallest one was almost dead by the side of the garage. Continue reading