Quotes in motivation
My philosophy is that you don't motivate players with speeches, you have motivated players that you draft. That's where they come in and those are the guys that are competitive. You can not teach competitiveness.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
In short, "Do this and you'll get that" makes people focus on the "that" not the "this." Do rewards motivate people? Absolutely. They motivate people to get rewards.
A raise is like a martini: it elevates the spirit, but only temporarily.
I think one thing I find very motivating -- and I think this is probably a very common form of motivation or cause of motivation is, I love people counting on me, and so, you know, today it's so easy to be motivated, because we have millions of customers counting on us at Amazon.com. We've got thousands of investors counting on us. And, we're a team of thousands of employees all counting on each other. That's fun.
the management system which makes only a pretense of valuing employee involvement and encouraging employee empowerment merely breeds cynicism.
The answer to the question managers so often ask of behavioral scientists "How do you motivate people?" is, "You don't."
Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values.
People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.
You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.