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.
- Make the consequences clear
- Give warnings
- Never make it personal
- Make it a learning experience
- 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.
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. ©