Mind Mapping for Employee Self-Motivation – A Definite Key to Success
By Ronald M Allen
Crucial Management Skill
Motivation is a crucial management skill and organizations should concentrate on developing high motivation through effective leadership and good employer/employee communications. The inner desire to do a good job is the essential thrust that propels an individual beyond the threshold of success, self-identity through personal gratification.
Well-motivated employees are like loyal soldiers ready to give their lives for their country/business organization. Moreover, with the current levels of social unrest, the economical shift in labor and the inevitable drop in workplace morale, motivation can spell success or failure for any organization.
Why do people work? Do people work for money? Do people work because they love their jobs? Or do they work because they fear failure?
In most organizations, employees work out of fear. Fear of failure, demotion, insult, not achieving targets, or being fired from the job. Fear of not having enough money to pay for life’s basic necessities.
Thus, in all such cases the motivating factor is a negative – fear of losing something. W. Edwards Deming, renowned management guru, asks his clients to drive out fear among employees. In his opinion, employees can only perform effectively in a fearless environment.
A good manager should strive for a positive cause for motivation. A positive cause can be defined as wants, needs, drives, and impulses that are inherent to every individual. They include knowledge, status, and fulfilling one’s individual potential. Mind Map Leadership Training is designed to instruct managers on how to motivate those under their supervision by connecting workers with their own powerful, inner motivating force.
Choosing Between Self-Motivation and Directed Motivation
Supervision needs to be directed towards helping workers and machines work in harmony so that together, they produce improved performance.
A manager can choose between two main motivating methods:
- Directed motivationin which the manager takes on all of the responsibility for motivating employees to perform better.
- Self-motivationin which the manager inspires employees to be self-motivated, a sign of true leadership.
At first glance, directed motivation may appear easier than creating self-motivation. It is the traditional way, but it also places an enormous burden on the manager and ignores all of the untapped potential in the workforce.
Creating self-motivation requires the manager to descend from his authoritative role and build good relationships with employees. According to Peter Drucker, the discontinuation of command and control model is the key factor to boost self-motivation among employees. He says that a manager should treat employees like volunteers. This helps him in achieving transformational motivation instead of transactional motivation.
Motivation Leads to Satisfaction
In his book, Understanding Organizations, Charles Handy emphasizes the role of motivation in organizations. According to him, motivation is the answer to most of the ‘Why’s’ that employees have in their minds. Answering these ‘Why’s’ solves all management issues. For employees, answering ‘Why’s’ leads to job satisfaction.
Thus, we can form a positive energy circle. It begins with directed motivation, leads to answering ‘Why’s,’ moves over to job satisfaction and finally results in self-motivation.
If any organization can achieve this positive energy circle, success is definite. It will lead to multi-faceted growth of the organization as well as individuals. However, most organizations prefer to focus on monetary capital rather than human capital. By the way sports is replete with team benefit analogies for finding the highest and best fit of human capital to winning championships.
As rightly said by Peter F. Drucker, the father of management practices:
“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”
Leadership training in Mind Mapping techniques is focused on teaching managers how to create self-motivation in the workforce. This leads to higher levels of job satisfaction, fewer unauthorized absences, higher retention rates, improved job performance and a significant increase in production!
Trusting that this message reaches you in good health
RMA Group, LLC
Managing Your Life’s Way
P.O. Box 432
Browns Mills, NJ 08015