Quotes in motivation
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.
The key factor you can use to make employees miserable on the job is to simply keep them from making progress in meaningful work.
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.