After over 50 years in business, I've come to the conclusion that you cannot motivate people.
All motivation must come from within - Self Motivation.
As a Manager, all you can do is provide an environment that encourages self motivation.
Generally, I subscribe to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs but not necessarily in the progression he suggests.
Everyone has needs of some kind.
I think self motivation is based on a person's ability to be in an environment that will help them satisfy their needs.
If they see an opportunity to satisfy their needs, odds are they will motivate themselves to work in that direction.
Good Managers are skilled in identifying what a persons needs are, (What Cranks their Tractor) and provides the environment to help that person meet those needs.
To paraphrase Zig Zigler, " If you help others get what they need, you will get everything you need."
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