Wrapping up Motivation Series: Next Steps

If you elected to give yourself and your team time away, welcome back from your respite. Congratulations!!! This decision brings you and your team one step closer to a creative and productive work environment. During the week of respite, the goal of taking time off also included setting up for your return. Now that you have returned, it is essential to keep the faucet of motivation on. In April, we shared six critical elements of motivation and mentioned the theories. The theories are available for the small business owner if you desire to do so, but it is not needed. As a reminder, motivation theories explain how and why people behave in a specific manner. Below are a few of the prominent theories:

  • Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory: Maslow’s theory is based on human needs

  • Herzberg’s Motivation Hygiene Theory: The psychologist Frederick Herzberg extended the work of Maslow and proposed a new motivation theory popularly known as the Two-Factor Theory

  • McClelland’s Need Theory: McClelland believed that needs are learned or acquired by the kinds of events people experienced in their environment and culture

  • Vroom’s Expectancy Theory: One of the most widely accepted explanations of motivation is offered by Victor Vroom in his Expectancy Theory

  • Locke’s Goal-Setting Theory: In the 1960s, Edwin Locke put forward the Goal-setting theory of motivation

  • Skinner’s Reinforcement Theory of Motivation: According to the theory, four factors influence motivation with a schedule.

  1. Positive reinforcement

  2. Negative reinforcement

  3. Punishment

  4. Extinction

  • Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory of Motivation: The Self-Efficacy Theory is a task-specific way of thinking about motivation

  • Incentive Theory of Motivation: The incentive theory suggests that motivation is primarily fueled by the prospect of an external reward or incentive

  • Drive-Reduction Theory: The drive reduction theory of motivation became popular in the 1940s as a way to explain behavior, learning, and motivation

  • How to Increase your motivation? Learning about motivation helps us understand where motivation comes from, why it changes and what increases it.

As a small business owner, do you need to master each theory? The simple answer is no. At this point, you need to understand the few motivation techniques that CPR LLL provided in the prior posts. If you have not reviewed the motivation series, please start from the beginning. Motivation is essential to your business. Understanding how to motivate yourself, employees, and even clients can differentiate between being good or excelling in your craft. When you are motivated and can apply techniques to motivate your team, you become unstoppable. As you continue your journey, here is a treat from Sia-UNSTOPPABLE!!

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