Quotes in motivation

the management system which makes only a pretense of valuing employee involvement and encouraging employee empowerment merely breeds cynicism.

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Motivation - nonsense. All that people need to know is why their work is important.


Pay is not a motivator.


The key factor you can use to make employees miserable on the job is to simply keep them from making progress in meaningful work.


You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.

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People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.

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Kaizen does not attempt to light a fire under people. It lights the fire within them.

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The idea of a merit rating is alluring. The sound of the words captivates the imagination: pay for what you get; get what you pay for; motivate people to do their best, for their own good.

The effect is exactly the opposite of what the words promise.


Top management should publish a resolution that no one will lose his job for contribution to quality and productivity.


One gets a good rating for fighting a fire. The result is visible; can be quantified. If you do it right the first time, you are invisible. You satisfied the requirements. That is your job. Mess it up, and correct it later, you become a hero.