Use MICE for MOTIVATION
[Human Resource Management]
Numerous theories of motivation have been formulated, tomes and tomes written, and Management Gurus pontificate to their hearts’ content, on the subject of Motivation, but to put it simply, I feel that, in a nutshell, all the motivators, or motivating factors, can be encapsulated in the acronym “MICE”.
Let’s expand MICE – Money, Insecurity, Cause, Ego.
In today’s world Money is probably the primary motivating factor. Need I say more?
Fear and Insecurity have always been most powerful motivators for ages. Though negative in nature, these are used very often by many organizations and bosses.
Many idealistic persons are motivated for a Cause, ideology, belief, passion, love, ambition, or to realize one’s “life-mission”. This is the highest quality of self-actualization type motivation.
The role of Ego, pride, self-importance, self-respect [“izzat”] and self-actualization as a motivator is significant in some cases. Another high quality “self-esteem” type of motivation.
MICE and Motivation – they are inextricably linked, aren’t they?
And isn't this motivation theory so breathtaking in its simplicity?
The art of motivation is so easy, isn’t it?
I wonder why we have all those high falutin, esoteric motivational management theories taught at B-Schools!