on 26 March 2002
This book has been a great refresher and very useful in focusing my thoughts on motivating my team.
Part One looks at the theories of Maslow(hierachy of needs), Mcgregor(Theory X and Theory Y) and Herzberg(Satisfiers and disssatifiers)leading you to the question of What motivates YOU!
The book then looks at the clear relationships needed between the Task, Team and the Individual,challenging how best to interelate them to achieve success. It explains the dynamics when one is out of balance and the benefits of a balanced approach to ensure success. The book notes that if you can demonstrate to your team that the task set is achievable,efforts properly supported, recognised and rewarded, and if you have succeeded in motivating individuals and created a good team environment you will have laid a strong foundation for success. If ,however, the team do not see the task set as achievable , realistic or meaningful their motivation is liable to diminish. Re-focusing the task is the advised way to proceed in this instance.
The book then focuses on getting the best out of people, agreeing clear achievable objectives, building and maintaining morale and treating everyone equally as important individuals. Recognise and reward achievement for without the success of the people there is no success.
Enjoy the book and the results from implementing it's advice.
Regards, Jonathan Gray