The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said: “E’en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most;Deny the fact who can, This marvel of an Elephant Is very like a fan!”
—From “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” by John Godfrey Saxe
Can you imagine a more pitiful sight than someone trying to motivate another? I can’t. If I’m honest with myself, I have to acknowledge that my motivating efforts have always become rope pushes. Yet volumes have been written on the subject of motivating others. How do you motivate a project team? What motivates community? Is it ...