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Questions about Motivation Part 2

By sealenterprises, Jul 1 2015 07:17AM

A few questions about Motivation – Part Two

In part one of this three part series on ‘questions about motivation’, we looked at how the motivation models that were spurned by the industrial expansion of the last 200 years were employed to help provide a framework to the new working practices and advances in productivity that epitomized the industrial leap forward of the 20th century.

Different ideas, theories and models were developed by a range of social scientists, psychologists and economists in order to explain and deal with the rapid introduction of the technological, mass producing, working environments we had created. Part one, highlighted the industry of motivational specialists and theorists that had grown out of a growing need to inspire and motivate a workforce whose levels of motivation and with it, productivity had fallen to alarming levels. Theory after theory, idea after idea and claim after claim has been put forward and marketed by a host of academic presenters with almost superstar entertainment status.

The world that we all inhabit is changing fast, faster in some instances than we can cope with. The subject of motivation and how this important function will play a role in the coming decades ahead, in a world very different from the one that the saw the likes of Maslow, McGregor, McClelland or Alderfer's shape the preceding decades of the 20th century is finally being addressed.

Our vocational world it seems just keeps getting faster, bigger, more integrated and interdependent. As the 20th century drew to a close and the door of the 21st century opened, the work place that we had all got to know comfortably, started to undergo huge changes in its methods and systems.

As 2015 passes by, those changes in both the physiological and psychological areas of our lives are starting to bring about a whole set of questions about the role of the motivated, how we can inspire ourselves and our staff to keep pace of change and yet still be productively successful and have a decent quality of life. Technology has always been a fundamental element of the human quest to improve, to progress, to succeed. New working practices, new skills, new ways of viewing the world and how we exist and co-exist, are throwing up uncertainties in a world that is evolving faster now than ever before. The roles each of us play and the templates and guidance we deploy to stay motivated, are probably more crucial now than ever before.

This situation is not unique; it has happened countless times in the past and no doubt will happen again in the future. If one takes the last three-hundred years, we have experienced the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, the technological revolution, and the start of the nano and quantum revolutions. Each one of these phase shifters, brought with them a whole set of advantages and problems. However, each time, mankind adapted and overcame each time. We have always managed to keep the socio-economic needs in step and in time, with the technological shockwaves that we create.

However, with more and more technology entering our daily lives, the speed and ease at which we can accomplish tasks that once accounted for the larger share of our working day, has made us more effective and ever more efficient. We now have more time for creativity, self-expression, improvement and empowerment. We are starting to experience and afford the time to explore and investigate that truly unique facet of the human spirit - to satisfy our natural inquisitiveness and curiosity.

Motivation and the ability to inspire and be inspired has reached a new phase, the rise of the empowered, autonomous, socially-positive and engaged human. With it comes, just as the revolutions before it, a new set of problems that we will be required to adapt to.

In part three of this series, we will be looking at some of the new ideas, concepts and models and that are not only being suggested and hypothesized by socio-scientists, socio-economists, industrial and business scholars that truly attempt to address this new era that we are entering, but are actually being deployed and successfully integrated into business and vocational societies with promising results.

Look out for Part 3 on Friday!

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