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1 Providing Motivation from Within (The Spirit of the Squirrel) ©Dr. B. C. Paul 2002

2 Spirit of the Squirrel  Squirrels hurry about with motivation to put away enough food for the winter. – Spirit of the Squirrel fulfills God’s plan for the forest  Summed up in the Idea “Worthwhile Work” – You must believe and treat everyone with the idea that their work is important – Everyone’s work and contribution is important

3 Worthwhile Work  Your team members must understand why they are needed  Your team members must understand why their work makes the world a better place – Example of the College Dishwasher – “Ban Mining - Let the SOBs freeze in the dark” My goal out of High School – More than a lecture - it’s a feeling you must plant inside

4 The Spirit of the Squirrel Fulfills God’s Plan for the Forest  A sense of place and purpose – A sense of how their contribution contributes to humanity Not a production concept Not a shareholder value concept Need to see their work in terms of what it means to lives of their fellow men Fills them with a sense of pride / purpose / caring – The work of every individual fills a purpose for the organization and all humankind

5 The 3 Pillars of the Spirit of the Squirrel  The individual must understand that their work is important  The work must lead to a well understood and shared goal  A basic framework of true values have to guide all plans, decisions, and actions

6 The Problem of Motivation  Much has been based on “the carrot and the stick” – Build up programs of incentives and bonuses for achieving some statistic Incentive programs soon become entitlements + loose effect – We pack threats and power to make people latch onto plans as life preservers motivation is a short lived as it is intense  True lasting motivation comes from an inner sense of mattering

7 Counting Production  We are trained to count production in tons/manshift / days without a lost time accident – Information gauges performance – Information is not the performance  Need to see things in human terms – how does my productivity help other people coal is a black rock / Energy drives the life and vibrance of society – accidents aren’t statistics - they happen to real people

8 A Shared Vision and Goals  A manager can proclaim a goal - announce it at a meeting, print it in a report, post it on the board – The goal has to be shared - a part of peoples vision that creates motivation from within – If your team does not care about the goal - then the goal will not motivate them / nothing will change

9 Management Ego  Build a network of goals that will put them in control of the whole mine – Many don’t know the difference between shared awareness and a shared goal – People must buy into the goal remember that fear and driving them to the goal as a life preserver will bring fleeting results


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