Saturday, November 20, 2010

Can Mice Motivate - Mice Motivation - Musings of Human Resource Management

Musings on 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 MICEMoney, Insecurity, Cause, Ego.

E:   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-esteem as a motivator is significant in some cases. This is a 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...!

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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU, Lawrence School Lovedale, and Bishop's School Pune, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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