The second definition of the word, “motivation” is the one most people use when they’re talking about the need to motivate the staff or a team.

“the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”

As in “keep staff up to date and maintain interest and motivation”

The lack of motivation usually reflects a lack of interest and the lack of care for what needs to be done. Staff that continually needs to be motivated reflects a failure on the part of the manager, human resources and the organization.

The need to motivate is a fallback position for failure to hire people who are inspired to do great things.

Inspiration is different.

It reflects, “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

It reflects desire, appetite, hunger and internal drive the reflects a person at their best. When you need to motivate you already know that you are not getting that person at their best. It sucks energy from you that can be best applied in other places.

Rule out the people who require motivation and only look for people who feel inspired.

You need to light a fire underneath a person to get them motivated. An inspired person already  has a fire within them.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019



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