How to Motivate Yourself and Others

Lawrence Miller, Lean Management Coach

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20 Lessons (7m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Hierarchy of Motivation

    • 3. The Power of Purpose

    • 4. Social Motivation and the Radius of Trust

    • 5. Situational Motivation - The ABC's

    • 6. Situational Motivation - Why it Works

    • 7. Lean Culture and Motivation

    • 8. Fact Based Definitions

    • 9. Types of Positive Reinforcement

    • 10. Keys to Intrinsic Motivation

    • 11. Targets, Goals and Objectives

    • 12. Schedules of Reinforcement

    • 13. Analyzing Performance Problems

    • 14. Modeling and Appreciative Inquiry

    • 15. The Balance of Consequences

    • 16. The Power of Immediacy

    • 17. Reducing Poor Performance - To Punish or Not?

    • 18. Coaching Part 1

    • 19. Coaching Part 2

    • 20. Summary


Project Description

Manage yourself into new habits, goals and competencies

The purpose of this course is to help you gain mastery over your own behavior and to help you analyze and improve the behavior of members of your team.

Your project should apply the lessons in this course to a specific habit or performance, preferably one of your own. Present a case study to illustrate the management or motivation of a specific performance. Follow the following steps:

  1. Decide on a specific and aspirational goal. Remember the story of my managing to write my first book. Define a goal, such as a completing a book, or some other significant accomplishment.
  2. Break the goal down into specific pinpointed behaviors (such as writing two pages per day, ten pages per week, etc.) Define both the behaviors that will lead you toward your goal and the desired rate of those behaviors.
  3. Graph your performance and place that graph on visual display where it is prominant to yourself and others (co-workers,family) who are important to you.
  4. Draw a target line from your current performance to the desired performance. Specify the amount of time required to achieve your goal.
  5. What will reinforce this behavior in addition to the visual display and the social approval of your co-workers. Identify short term (weekly or monthly) reinforcing events and a final or conluding reinforcing event when you have achieved the goal.
  6. Take photographs of your graphs and other visuals of your project to share with others.

An alternative is to follow the above steps with your work or management team.

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