Culture of Intrinsic Motivation LO10143

Roxanne S. Abbas (75263.3305@CompuServe.COM)
24 Sep 96 06:01:19 EDT

Linked to LO10126 by your host.

Bill Hobler asks:
>What characteristics, values, principles encourage intrinsic motivation?

I would agree with Phil Capper that one of the key factors is how the
organization sees and states its mission. I would add that it is critical
that day-to-day actions align with an altruistic statement of mission.
When employees hear that the purpose of their organization is to make the
world a better place to live, but see that decisions are made primarily
based on impact on the bottom line, or worse yet, the impact on the boss's
bonus, they will lose trust in their leaders.

Carol Sager asks if intrinsic motivation can exist if only the workers,
themselves, see the value of their own work. It is the rare person who
can maintain their motivation level without occasional reinforcement or
recognition from others whom they respect.

I believe that most people are born with a desire to learn and grow and do
go work. But our schools and our workplaces often make this difficult by
their imposition of rules, procedures and systems that were well-intended
but often are demoralizing and counter-productive. As organization
leaders, I feel it is our responsibility to identify these obstacles and
remove them. And I believe one of the best ways to find them is by
learning to listen to our employees.


Roxanne Abbas

Learning-org -- An Internet Dialog on Learning Organizations For info: <> -or- <>