Ten Ways to be a Better at Motivating Your Employees

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Motivation is different things to different people. It does not need to be a 'thing' that you do. And if you see it as a culture rather than, 'We're doing Motivation today', it becomes a whole lot easier.

Yet there is a place for those external 'raft-build's', 'away days' and 'paintballing'! Get them in context; there is work to do up front to leverage those experiences and get the best value from them. Just build great relationships in your business or organisation, one-to-one - then have the fun day out and grow even more!


"Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups."


Peter Davies

So a 'people-focused' way of being in your business generates motivation permanently and ongoing.


  1. Start at the Beginning

    You can't motivate people to get excited if the core basics aren't right. So you have to get the financial reward appropriate. Then you have to ensure that working conditions are right. How? Ask your people if they are! Example? Folks don't feel motivated if they are cold.

  2. Dig Deeper

    Apart from the basics, there is another level you have to get just right. How they are feeling. This is where it gets a bit more challenging. You have to ask them about this too. By creating the right sort of trusting and encouraging open relationships with them that they feel comfortable to tell you. This is about how you go about it. Big, important actions for you.

  3. Fix It!

    To motivate your people the 'hygiene factors' have to be sorted out first. That's your job and you can't afford to miss anything. Nor can you start doing the smart stuff till you get this lot right. You can't super-enthuse your team if you are not personally connecting with them at a high level.

  4. Moving On

    Get all the basics sorted out, create feedback loops to ensure that you find out those little irritations for them early, and create the ongoing and open atmosphere. You can't rush this stuff though - if you do, it won't work.

  5. It's Personal

    Now you can get to the individual. Right now you have 'comfortable' people in a trusting and helpful workplace. Here's where you have to build your personal relationships with individuals. There no quick way around this. Get to know what turns them on, one by one. Understand their strengths and preferences - and the bits they love about their work. Give them more of it!

  6. Become Emotional

    By giving them more of what they want to do, they will be ready for more. And you can create that for them. Stretch and challenge them - build their confidence. People get motivated when they are excited. They get excited by being confident and looking forward to their work.

  7. Ask Them 1

    Now we are on a new level. So here's the thing - to find out what your people need more of in their working life, you need to ask them. 'What else do you need to get more from your work?' Find out how you can help them.

  8. Ask Them 2

    This is a bit trickier. You can't ask them this. Observe what it is that you do, in your interactions with them, that gives them a buzz. Because it will be different for everyone, you will have to use a bit of trial and error here. You need to work this out for yourself.

  9. Things Like..

    Saying 'Thank you'; encouragement; personal coaching; laughter; resources; physical help; conversation; touching base; actions; celebration; rewards; praise; acknowledgement; (private and public); standing up for them. There are lots more and to be honest, everyone is different. That's why motivation is so challenging. But it's also why you are the boss - because it's your job to deliver this.

  10. What Happened To..

    The raft building/paintballing/away day? Well, motivation kicks in here at the very highest level. You can really motivate your people with these exercises. Use them before you've got the basics right and you won't get a return. This is where it often goes wrong. And when it does, it's like pouring petrol on a fire to put it out - it makes things a whole lot worse. Don't chose this wrong level as an 'easy' option too soon.

Remember - people want to have fun; enjoy theemsleves; feel successful at work. Creating the culture that works for you and them is the best step-by-step you can take.

About the Author

Copyright 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, www.coaching-businesses-to-success.com.

Comments

natalietxo 21.01.2010. 22:44

How to deal with a rude boss & coworkers? How is a person suppose to deal with that? My boss is always screaming at me & blaming me for things I never even do..Also my coworkers are often very rude with me..What should I do? Thanks

natalietxo

Admin 21.01.2010. 22:44

Ten Ways on How to Deal with a Bad Boss

1. Do a self-check. Yes, this is the first thing that you need to do if you think you are having difficulties in dealing with your boss. Make sure that you are doing all your work positively without any errors and wrong actions. This is to ensure that the problem really lies with your bad boss and not on your wrongdoing. In case there are flaws that you have done, there is a chance that the boss will backfire on you for any actions that you make against him/her.

2. Try to make a list of the good and not so good behaviors of the bad boss. Use it as a reference on evaluating how your boss reacts everyday. Check all areas that he did and did not do everyday after office hours. This will serve as your evaluation if he is just like all bad bosses or maybe becomes difficult only when troubled or too stressed out.

3. If you have prepared yourself that you need to talk to the boss, try to set an appointment but make a proper timing based on the mood of the so-called bad boss. You have to prepare yourself though that this meeting might end up positively or negatively. Do not expect the best outcome because it is really hard to deal with a bad boss. Be sure that you discuss in private so as to prevent any public display of anger that might aggravate the situation.

4. If you were not comfortable with talking to the boss outright, it would be beneficial if you find a mentor in the same company. This is to prevent you from constantly bearing on the wicked side of the bad boss. In addition to this, your mentor can also serve as your friend who can offer you advice on the proper way of dealing with bad bosses.

5. After you have discussed this with the boss and you think he is still not motivated to change, convince yourself that it is really his/her personality and everything is just normal for him. However, only do this if he is not going beyond boundaries. Do not allow him to hit you personally or create backfire on you nor underestimate your capabilities.

6. Do not forget to smile and never allow him to be the cause developing stress. Carrying a light emotion when bad bosses start with their shouting sessions is one way of looking at the situation on a lighter perspective, this won't go on everyday anyway. If it does, there are still other options that you can consider.

7. If you think the boss is really not going to change and you are not at all interested to work with him anymore because you can't stand his behavior, you can request to transfer to another department wherein he is not closely associated with. This is very much applicable if you want to get away from the situation but not the company.

8. Try to talk with your co-employees and ask their opinions about the situation.

9. If your co-workers think it is time to report the attitude of the bad boss because he is becoming to be very difficult to work with, then do so. You can do it in writing or you can request for an appointment with the manager of the boss or the employer.

10. If you have taken all the essential actions and it seems the situation is nowhere, then most probably you have to start writing your resignation letter and starting looking for a new job. You are a good employee anyway; it is just that you cannot function properly with the job due to the bad boss and his actions.

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Anon 01.09.2012. 04:16

Can an American work as a Biochemist in South Korea? I am currently considering majoring in Biochemistry and i would love to be able to work abroad instead of within the U.S. Yes i am aware that on top of all the classes Biochemistry requires i will also need to become fluent in the language, and i am willing to do so. So i am wondering, as an American citizen with no Korean / Asian blood or ancestry, would it be possible to work in South Korea as a Biochemist?

P.S. I honestly was not too sure what to categorize this question under, so if i am in the wrong selection i apologize.

Anon

Admin 01.09.2012. 04:16

Job culture
Working in Korea may be a challenge for foreigners who are unwilling to put in the hours and efforts that many Korean nationals are used to. Korea has one of the highest average workweeks and overtime hours in the world. With their rigorous work ethic, you can expect to go beyond your own standards to keep up. However, if you can be committed, the people around you will in return be committed to you.

The idea of developing personal relationship in the workplace may seem foreign to those who are not used to South Korean culture. However, the idea of building trust with other employees is crucial to Koreans in and out of the office. Trust motivates the people; therefore focus on making lasting, personal relationships to show your commitment. Also, keep in mind that while strong personal relationships are encouraged, a ranking of position still exists. Getting too personal may come off as being disrespectful. If you do not give respect where it is due, it is likely that Koreans will be offended
As in other countries, the most effective and common way to get a job in Korea is through personal connections and recommendations.Of course, this can make things a little more difficult for the foreignerwho doesn't have many contacts in Korea, but expatriates can still have luck finding jobs through networking organizations, the Internet,recruiting and staffing firms, governmental agencies and traditional classified ads. And there's always the good old-fashioned applying-to-companies-directly method; many companies in Korea list job opportunities on their websites.

Perhaps the best way for a foreigner to begin finding a job in Korea is by searching online job sites. One of the best are Asiacom Jobs Center, Dream Search Inc., and MegaJobs - South Korea, which offer a job database and resume posting services, along with job search tip and interviewing advice. There's also the website of the ROK's
Ministry of Labor, which provides a lot of career-related information
and has a new resume database that can be accessed by employers
and potential employees.

Some of Korea's recruiting and staffing firms include ANS Inc.,VenturePeople, and Brain 202. Many Korean newspapers publish jobadvertisements, including The Korea Herald, which is the national
English-language paper.

Financial Considerations
Seoul is generally considered one of the world's most expensivecities. Western expatriates may find it particularly expensive if theyinsist on buying the products and services they grew accustomed to
in the west--they'll pay a premium for such imports.

Employers customarily give their employees a bonus equal to one tosix months' salary; this may be paid annually or periodically throughthe year. They also commonly provide lunches for employees, andmany also provide commuter services. Other possible benefits includehousing allowances or loans and cash gifts at weddings and funerals.

Many expatriates live in the modern housing complexes in Seoul,many of which are under guard 24 hours a day. Each complex isself-sufficient, housing within its walls convenience and grocery
stores. However, there are other types of housing in Seoul, such ashouses and villas, town houses, apartments, and studios.

The maximum legal work week in Korea is 44 hours, with overtime paywhen necessary. Each week, employees are legally entitled to a24-hour rest period. Employees earn one paid vacation day each
month, plus ten days after one year with perfect attendance.

Foreigners are considered residents after living in Korea for longerthan one year. In fact, they're usually considered residents uponarrival if they're taking a job that will require them to live there for at
least a year.

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Danny 22.09.2009. 21:29

At the office I have an idiot boss. What should I do about this? I thought about moving (and taking the secretary with me :) ) but all my buddies say that everywhere is the same.

Danny

Admin 22.09.2009. 21:29

Ten Ways on How to Deal with a Bad Boss

1. Do a self-check. Yes, this is the first thing that you need to do if you think you are having difficulties in dealing with your boss. Make sure that you are doing all your work positively without any errors and wrong actions. This is to ensure that the problem really lies with your bad boss and not on your wrongdoing. In case there are flaws that you have done, there is a chance that the boss will backfire on you for any actions that you make against him/her.

2. Try to make a list of the good and not so good behaviors of the bad boss. Use it as a reference on evaluating how your boss reacts everyday. Check all areas that he did and did not do everyday after office hours. This will serve as your evaluation if he is just like all bad bosses or maybe becomes difficult only when troubled or too stressed out.

3. If you have prepared yourself that you need to talk to the boss, try to set an appointment but make a proper timing based on the mood of the so-called bad boss. You have to prepare yourself though that this meeting might end up positively or negatively. Do not expect the best outcome because it is really hard to deal with a bad boss. Be sure that you discuss in private so as to prevent any public display of anger that might aggravate the situation.

4. If you were not comfortable with talking to the boss outright, it would be beneficial if you find a mentor in the same company. This is to prevent you from constantly bearing on the wicked side of the bad boss. In addition to this, your mentor can also serve as your friend who can offer you advice on the proper way of dealing with bad bosses.

5. After you have discussed this with the boss and you think he is still not motivated to change, convince yourself that it is really his/her personality and everything is just normal for him. However, only do this if he is not going beyond boundaries. Do not allow him to hit you personally or create backfire on you nor underestimate your capabilities.

6. Do not forget to smile and never allow him to be the cause developing stress. Carrying a light emotion when bad bosses start with their shouting sessions is one way of looking at the situation on a lighter perspective, this won't go on everyday anyway. If it does, there are still other options that you can consider.

7. If you think the boss is really not going to change and you are not at all interested to work with him anymore because you can't stand his behavior, you can request to transfer to another department wherein he is not closely associated with. This is very much applicable if you want to get away from the situation but not the company.

8. Try to talk with your co-employees and ask their opinions about the situation.

9. If your co-workers think it is time to report the attitude of the bad boss because he is becoming to be very difficult to work with, then do so. You can do it in writing or you can request for an appointment with the manager of the boss or the employer.

10. If you have taken all the essential actions and it seems the situation is nowhere, then most probably you have to start writing your resignation letter and starting looking for a new job. You are a good employee anyway; it is just that you cannot function properly with the job due to the bad boss and his actions.

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Micheal M 26.02.2008. 17:27

Is it possible to run your own business if you travel a lot? Array

Micheal M

Admin 26.02.2008. 17:27

Depends on the type of business.

I have a home based office, and do business consulting and sell promotional products. Have no employees. We go on vacation every two months for a week or ten days out of state, and it works fine for me, since I set all my own appointments and do not have a staff or retail location to man.

If you have a retail store, "bricks and mortar" business with employees and regular hours of operation, it is much harder to get away. Most of my life I lived and worked this way, and rarely got to travel other than business related trips, and nearly every time we came back from a buying trip, there were tons of problems to sort out.

There are certain businesses that work very well if you travel alot, and that can actually work as an advantage. If you are an independent contractor salesperson or consultant, even teacher or seasonal worker (like a ski resort manager or crop farmer), you work very hard in certain times of the year, but have lots of off time off in other times of the year to travel. I know people who are really superb waiters and bartenders who work at ski resorts in the winter, take a few months off to travel, then work in a different place or climate in the summer resort area. They make excellent money, but this doesn't work if you are in a serious relationship or married or have a family, because basically you are a very highly paid migrant worker. Also, there are people who make a living as online travel agents or tour guides, and travel is the main part of their business.

The key is that you need to be very self motivated, and able to stay on track with your work and personal life. If your business is mainly online, you can also work just about anywhere if you have a good cellphone and laptop.

Its definitely working for me. I make a little less than I did when working a traditional career, but spend less than half the year at work, and the other half is my own time. It took alot of experience and planning to get to this stage, and there is absolutely no job security other than my good name and personal motivation. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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july 27.11.2006. 06:10

what is this point system and why should i care about it? what is this point system? do i win a prize? also, why are questions reprinted over and over?

july

Admin 27.11.2006. 06:10

This point system is a prime example of how humans can be trained to compete and strive for worthless things. I beleive it was Napoleon who bragged that he could get a man to throw away his life for a scrap of ribbon.

You get nothing for your points but admission into higher levels within the Yahoo! Answers system. Increasing your level increases the number of questions and answers you can post in a day, and how many questions you can vote on. Most importantly, you can count your points and rise up in the levels and feel that you are more accomplished than those who have less points. Someone at the bottom level of their company can feel like they're at the top of the world as a Level 7 with 41,529 points, even though when you think about it, it's completely and utterly meaningless.

It is, in fact, pointless.

But that's the great thing about humans. This is a phenomenon that's demonstrated daily with things like grades- you get kids working hard for something abstract that really is meaningless. Yes, grades ultimately matter for things like scholarships and getting into college to get a good job, but that's not what's on most kids' minds. All they have is the idea that you need to get good grades. There is no reward for their efforts that is practical- no food or pleasure but the satisfaction of gaining those points.

Companies will sometimes use point systems and numbers to motivate their employees, which are at least given some meaning by a small prize being offered. For example, I worked on a factory line where the team was given little lotto cards to win free company meals if we made the green. Other companies have employee of the month.

I was potty trained with this method. Got a tiny sticker on a chart each time I "went," and after ten little stickers I got a big sticker. I couldn't even play with these stickers, they stayed on the chart. All it was was a way of seeing my accomplishments tallied up in a point system. My mom says I was trained in a week.

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wildboyclicc 24.07.2008. 13:17

why can't we ask more questions during the day? why a point system? Array

wildboyclicc

Admin 24.07.2008. 13:17

This point system is a prime example of how humans can be trained to compete and strive for worthless things. I beleive it was Napoleon who bragged that he could get a man to throw away his life for a scrap of ribbon.

You get nothing for your points but admission into higher levels within the Yahoo! Answers system. Increasing your level increases the number of questions and answers you can post in a day, and how many questions you can vote on. Most importantly, you can count your points and rise up in the levels and feel that you are more accomplished than those who have less points. Someone at the bottom level of their company can feel like they're at the top of the world as a Level 7 with 41,529 points, even though when you think about it, it's completely and utterly meaningless.

It is, in fact, pointless.

But that's the great thing about humans. This is a phenomenon that's demonstrated daily with things like grades- you get kids working hard for something abstract that really is meaningless. Yes, grades ultimately matter for things like scholarships and getting into college to get a good job, but that's not what's on most kids' minds. All they have is the idea that you need to get good grades. There is no reward for their efforts that is practical- no food or pleasure but the satisfaction of gaining those points.

Companies will sometimes use point systems and numbers to motivate their employees, which are at least given some meaning by a small prize being offered. For example, I worked on a factory line where the team was given little lotto cards to win free company meals if we made the green. Other companies have employee of the month.

I was potty trained with this method. Got a tiny sticker on a chart each time I "went," and after ten little stickers I got a big sticker. I couldn't even play with these stickers, they stayed on the chart. All it was was a way of seeing my accomplishments tallied up in a point system. My mom says I was trained in a week.

Admin

Michael Last name withheld 01.11.2011. 03:28

Reasons why working for my last employer sucked. Tell me what you think. Does anything sound familiar? :)? Reasons why working for my last employer sucked


1)Owner was a salesman with a high school diploma and a bad tattoo. I graduated near the top of my class in International Business. If this guy can start and run a company why am I working for him? I should be working for myself.

2)Owner demands the impossible and is out of touch with operations and employee motivational factors.

3)Shifts people around to do 2 jobs for the price of one.

4)Small company with nothing to offer except horse and carrot promises, lip service and ?big talk?. Promotion = Fancy title/name change. Except no raise for you sucker.

5)Using MS Office and MS Windows software from 2003! Still on Windows XP!

6)Computers, Printers, Networks ALWAYS crashing causing huge delays affecting service and productivity

7)Makes easy things difficult via hierarchy and people procedures. Too much fat for a small company.

8)Spent tens of thousands of dollars on horrible software without even so much as consulting the employees who are forced to use this terrible software every day. Yet claims his company is ?different than all others?.

9)Ultra strict credit terms. Constantly harassing customers for payment everyday even over $10.00 one day past due.

10)Demands all billing 5 days out as priority over service. This increases downward pressure on already burdened employees. Out of touch with day to day operational factors.

11)No raise in 4 years for his best employee of a key office. Without her that branch office would not exist. Yet she is taken for granted and given no raise while employees come and go.

12)Horse and carrot shareholder scheme to motivate employees which he calls ?executives? (in title only) with an illusion. There will be no retirement pay from this shareholder scheme whatsoever and the ?executives? are fools for believing otherwise.

13)Company has absolutely nothing to offer which distinguishes them from their competitors.

14)Owner went out of his way to make sound running your own business difficult, unachievable, high, and mighty. ?Corporate this? and ?Corporate that?. Let me tell you something. There is not one damn thing my ex employer did that I could not do myself. A business is nothing but it?s clients and:

a) A piece of paper .
b) rented office
c) Faxes printer?s scanners computers etc (you can get these off Craigslist).
e) And finally CUSTOMERS and outsourced support (lawyers, CPA, etc). He always make is sound like running your own business was some kind of all powerful complicated thing you would need 50 million dollars to even think about starting.

Michael Last name withheld

Admin 01.11.2011. 03:28

Number 5 and 6 sound awfully familiar.... LOL...

You already know the answer... good for you to leave this trap behind and get out.

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Proud to be british II 15.10.2010. 20:39

poll: 5 strengths and weaknesses for job interview.? hi

i have an job interview tomorrow and it says the questions are 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses but i dont know what to say for weaknesses not sounding big headed by the way just i want this job bad and dont know what to say

ie weakness- bad temper= never getting the job

thanks
ste

Proud to be british II

Admin 15.10.2010. 20:39

STRENGTHS:



*Learning agility and effective personal communication skills:

Most researches show that the single best predictor for who will perform well and succeed in a new job is the one who possesses learning agility(a quick learner) and the one who can adjust himself/herself to changes and new situations, such as a new workplace.
Also, effective interpersonal communication skill is one of the best personal traits.
Past performance or even experience, skills and intelligence are not as important as learning agility and communications skills. HR and recruiters are aware to these facts?



*Self Motivated and Determined:

To achieve success, one needs to be self motivated and determined to succeed. Without self motivation, it is quite possible that even the best of employees will languish in the company without achieving any success.



*Success Oriented and Natural Leader:

All companies search for an individual who has the drive within himself or herself. Frankly, the company would not have time to actually sit back and look out which of their employees has that next big idea, or which of the employees is not working according to their talents and resources. Therefore, it is best that a company have a self appointed mentor who keeps these things in mind and speaks about them at the appropriate time.
This characteristic is necessary for team leaders, supervisors, executive managers and project managers.



*Team Player:

No man is an island. And in today?s world, like never before, a person requires a group of people with whom to succeed. Therefore, being a team player in today?s world is almost as important as any academic degree.



*Hardworking:

This is one of the most common traits found in a successful boss as well as a successful employee. It is said that success is ninety percent hard work and ten percent thinking/brain activity. Any company would like to have a hard working employee. Therefore, you can speak about hard-work, dedication and commitment as your strengths.





WEAKNESS:


*Getting Nervous around people:

Today, with the advent of the new work culture where a person seldom meets another and where the only time people speak to each other is during coffee breaks, there are some people who have become introverts. This causes some people to become nervous about giving presentations and speeches.


*Being a Debater:

Some individuals are too passionate about work and require a reason for any change that is introduced in the company. Though this is good for the project and the product, it might rub some people the wrong way.


*Going out of one?s Way:

There are several people in organizations all over the world who take all kinds of work from their colleagues, whether it is their work or not. While these people are an asset to the company, they may create antagonism.



*Lack of some skills:

No person has all the requisite skills for the job profile. This is one of the greatest disadvantages that one has, because once a person starts earning, they find it difficult to go back to their learning ways.
Remember that these are just concepts and you should back up each of these strengths and weaknesses with an example.


*Too helpful:

Crossing limits while helping teammates.

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Summer 07.11.2008. 19:33

How to motivate employees to go above and beyond? In our corporate office we have about 400 people. We are an older company, many could retire in the next 10 years. All of the hourly staff (secretaries, etc) receive the same pay raise each year and same bonuses for the most part.

Salaried staff isn't much better. On rare occasions you may receive a 4 or 5 percent raise, but most of the time everyone receives the same 3 or 3.5% raise.

I am the IT Trainer. I train on mostly Microsoft Office applications. I am having a difficult time getting people to attend training sessions. I hear a lot of times that they don't have the time. Instead, they will call me to come to their desk and show them how to do it. They would prefer that rather than coming to a class.

I feel that because there isn't enough motivation from the company itself to do better than the person sitting next to you, most just want to get through the day by doing as little as possible.

How can I motivate them and show them that the more training they receive and the more they learn, they will actually become more efficient and complete tasks faster.

I've offered a few prizes and the numbers do increase during those months, but I feel I shouldn't have to offer prizes every month just to get them to learn more to help with their job.

Any thoughts - what do other companies do?

Summer

Admin 07.11.2008. 19:33

First what part of the country are you in?

That can that be tough. That is why
Capitalism is nice it rewards people. Try going
To the DMV and be amazed. Aside
From hiring based on character traits which is
very hard to do from your position. It?s not so cut and dry, and a little
to late in your case. For instance no one has to
bend Robert Deniro?s arm for him to put on a good
performance, that guys shows up and does his
thing.

I know you feel reluctant to give prizes. Maybe you
feel like your being held hostage by rediculousness.
But sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
You Have a job to do as well. And maybe some sort of
prize would be good. But maybe more along the way
of a contest. One that is transparent, a leader board sort
of thing. Out in the open, maybe online or in a break room
a public forum. Some people get very competitive when
there is a transparent contest going on. They want to win.
More importantly they don?t want to lose. It also puts
the people who are laggers in a embarrassing spot, because
it?s transparent. So they naturally even if reluctantly will
put up some effort. I would frame the whole thing as a
good thing and not as punishment. But you may not want to expose
the people in the bottom, especially if the grading isn't 100% fair.
It could give the higher ups a platform to get rid of people.
And that could backfire on you. That could get ugly.

When I was in the 4th grade we had a teacher who everytime
We did something good we would put a corn kernel in a Dixie
cup with our name on it. And there was a leader board. That
got peoples competitive juices flowing. Even though it was
just a corn kernel. But more importantly it was pride, competativness,
not wanting to lose, so on and so forth. People like to win. And a
part of that is not losing.

This is just my opinion, hopfully it gives you something.

Jack Welch put out the book "Winning" that could help.
Or Don Keogh book, Warren Buffet wrote the forward, he is extremly high on Don. It's called "The Ten Commandment of Failure", it a very good book.


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tanner 16.01.2012. 15:59

can you please look over my paper for any suggestions? i had to write an AP Euro world history essay on why the industrial revolution occured in England. do not be rude but if you see anything that i need to correct or make better simply let me know. thanks ahead of time


Tanner Jones
January 14, 2012
Block 4

Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in England?

In the 1700?s an abrupt increase in machine made products, also known as the Industrial Revolution, took place throughout England. The Industrial Revolution was initiated by Englands great textile industry and continued to thrive due to the geography, thought process, and innovations that England withheld.
The Geography of England was a huge factor in the support of the Industrial revolution. England had an abundance of natural resources found near the surface throughout the country. The two main natural resources that made an impact were coal and iron (Doc 1). Coal was used to power steam engines and locomotives of the industrial revolution. Iron was used to make bridges, and railroads which made transportation of manufactured goods fairly simple. No part of England was further than 70 miles from the sea which made transporting manufactured goods even simpler (Doc 4). England had sheep that produced some of the worlds best wool for the textile industry (Doc 4). It housed the worlds largest city, London, and the worlds largest free trade market. This alone increased the demand for manufactured goods, but on top of that England had no tariffs or tolls which supported the expansion of industrialization throughout England (Doc 9).
England?s citizens also had a very motivated thought process which made the task of industrialization much easier and more productive. When factories were made with the use of machines they required less employees. This meant that only a few employees would work at a factory but the would have increased wages. Many people left the secure jobs that they held and risked finding a spot somewhere in the industrial economy because of the increase in pay (doc 2). The citizens took this risk because they wanted to make money, and as you made money you could rise socially. With the increase of wealth, people wanted to spend there money on manufactured goods to show the world that they were wealthy. The few amount of employees hired at factories called for a way to produce mass amount of products with few people. The people used a method called division of labor where there might only ten men working in a factory but they perform two or three specialized operations (Doc 3). This scientific thought of the English was a main cause of the industrial revolution. It called for innovative thinking that led to more effecient ways of carrying out work that needed to be done(Doc 5).
The innovations that the English were creating to advance industrialization was only made possible by the fact that they housed some of the smartest and most motivated people in the world. England, being the world leader in the textile industry, developed machinery that increased the production rate of textiles. The most famous of these machines are known to be the flying shuttle, spinning jenny, water frame, power Looms, and the cotton gin (Doc 6). These machines called for new machines to keep up with amount of goods they were producing which in turn led to industrialization. Not only was the Industrial Revolution dealing with manufactured goods but it also deal with agricultural advancements. The inventions that boosted the agriculture revolution were the horse drawn seen drill, stock breeding, and the mechanical reaper (Doc 7). Also in large part of the agricultural revolution many of the farming methods came to help England be known for its farming. These methods such as: enclosure, crop rotation, the growth of turnips, clover, and rye grass, and the country being divided into large farms, played a major role in showing the world how great England was(Doc 8).
The industrial revolution of the 1700?s was a major turning point in the world, possibly the second most important besides the Neolithic Revolution. If it was not for this revolution we may still be paying hundreds of dollars for handmade goods that only cost a fraction of the price when mass produced. Thanks to the Geography, thought process, and innovations of the English, they were able to create and support this revolution which has changed the world forever.

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