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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Motivating Employees by Shawn Doyle

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Creating a Motivating Environment

First, let’s clear up one misconception: It is not possible for one person to motivate another. It is impossible for me to motivate you and for you to motivate me. Motivation is an internal mechanism that is generated from within. For someone to be motivated, they have to a make a conscious decision to be motivated about a particular situation. Going back to the definition, they have to have incentive and be moved or impelled to act.

Managers can’t motivate people, but they can create a positive environment where people can be motivated. As legendary college football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ...

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