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Can You Motivate Someone?

Can You Motivate Someone?

by Frank Roche on January 15, 2008

in Management

I Don’t Wanna
Is it possible to motivate someone? Can you really make a person do what they don’t want to do? Can you persuade a person to be excited about something that they don’t care about? I don’t think so.

Want to know how to motivate someone? Buy a big screen TV.

Nothing Says Motivation Like a 58-Inch Plasma
Yesterday, a 58-inch plasma TV was delivered to my garage. It’s in a box that’s 6ft. long and 4ft. high. 200lbs. It’s huge.

When my teenage boys got home from school yesterday they ran into the house and said, “Let’s get that moved downstairs. Right now!”

Engagement and the Aegean Stables
I don’t have to tell anyone with kids, especially teens, that even little chores become the equivalent of cleaning the Aegean Stables. No matter how much I try to “motivate” my guys — both with pay and “tough love” — their motivation level stays the same. Yep, they’re not engaged. (This is officially my last time using the word “engaged” unless it means a promise to get married.)

But get a new big screen TV and things change. My dudes want to watch TV with their friends in our newly-finished basement. They want to play video games. So, we carried the 200lb. TV downstairs, did all kinds of measurements, drilled, and mounted the bracket. And put the TV up in the wall.

I didn’t have to cajole. Or ask. Or motivate. They were internally motivated.

What’s Your Employees’ Plasma TV?
So, what’s the plasma TV to your employees? You can’t make taking out the trash motivating no matter what you do. But if you can figure out your employees’ plasma TV, then you have it whipped.

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