Monday, July 23, 2012


The MICE Theory
Musings on Human Resource Management

Numerous theories of motivation have been formulated, tomes and tomes have been written on the subject of motivation, and Management Gurus pontificate to their hearts’ content on how to motivate.

Let's make the art of motivation simple. 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.

E:   EGO

In  today’s world Money is probably the primary motivating factor. Money Motivates. Need I say more?

Fear and Insecurity have always been most powerful motivators for ages. Though a form of manipulative motivation and negative in nature, creating Fear and Insecurity are used as manipulative motivation tools very often by many organizations and bosses to “motivate” individuals.

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?

Tell me - isn
t this motivation theory so breathtaking in its simplicity?

The art of motivation is so easy. 

When you want to motivate someone, just remember MICE and see which factor (Money, Insecurity, Cause or Ego) applies the best in the case. 

Try it. 

It works. 

You can take my word for it.

I wonder why we have all those high falutin, esoteric motivational management theories taught at B-Schools, when all you need  is MICE for motivation!

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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