The Entrepreneur and Negative Motivation

November 22, 2007 § 2 Comments

Negative motivation? Why not? Most motivational practices are positive. It should be that way; however, constructive criticism, loss of incentives, warnings plus others should also be practiced for balance.

  1. Make the consequences clear
  2. Give warnings
  3. Never make it personal
  4. Make it a learning experience
  5. Allow them to regain lost ground

Make the consequences clear
Clearly communicate the consequences of substandard work. If they can gain rewards, make it clear that they can also miss out on them, worst, they can lose some bonuses.

Give warnings
Sloppy work should never be tolerated. Appreciate the positive that you can see but be honest if you think they did not give their all. If someone continues to work sloppily, help them, if substandard work continues, threaten to demote or fire.

Never make it personal
Never attack the person. You will demoralize them if you do. Give constructive criticism on the work and advice them on how they can improve.

Make it a learning experience
Every moment is a learning experience. But failure definitely teaches memorable lessons. Ask the team what they learned from a failure. Help them analyze the situation.

Allow them to regain lost ground
Give them another chance. Allow them to gain what they lost, the incentives in particular. Keep believing that they can do better.

By Ed Pilapil Jr. ©

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§ 2 Responses to The Entrepreneur and Negative Motivation

  • [...] Negative motivation can give us that needed “deflation” we need to bring us back down to earth. It helps us realize that maybe we do need to update our skills, read up on current trends, or just be a better person to those around us. None of us can hold ourselves above anyone else – we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and that is what makes us unique individuals. We all need a healthy dose of reality every now and then to make sure we don’t forget that we are all on equal ground on this planet. [...]

  • Alfons says:

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    Abisha from Salt Lake City city

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