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Positive Management by Jack Walters

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Chapter 6

Positive Management and Motivation

Though positive management (PM) is just getting started as a comprehensive human resource strategy, it is closely related to many of the most successful management methods used in organizations every day. Whenever we interact with subordinates, bosses, customers, or colleagues, we operate within a body of knowledge about organizational psychology that has been developed over the last 80 years. This knowledge is infused into practically every aspect of modern organizations and has defined a set of assumptions that we make about how to do (and not to do) things. At the core of it all are theories about motivation.

The importance of motivation can be seen in where it ranks in management education. From ...

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