2nd March 2014

As every Monday, Silvia asked us about how was the weekend. For me was very busy because on Saturday I attended to a conference in EUDE campus. It had to be with entrepreneurship. The speaker didn’t show any slide but he had been talking about interesting things for hours. It was very good. I learned a lot of tips.

Silvia talked about taking into account that people around us want to seduce to go around. It’s the temptation of distraction.

After a little discussion, the theoretical part of class about the topic began. It was MOTIVATION. The first thing she told us is that the real motivation starts always in ourselves and lack of ability is the main cause of lost motivation. So it’s very important to make employees involved with the company. How we can make them feel committed with the company?

The answer comes when values are the same for both parts. We have to focus in several things, for example, in company vision, in career plans, in creating proud and confidence, in empowered them to take actions, etc…

Manager leadership involves trust in employees treating people equally and responds them as mature individuals. It also involves recognize employees’ work and reward them.

There are some minimum hygiene factors laying out motivation. They are working conditions, job security and salary, work and life balance, policy, peer relationship and supervision.

On Wednesday Silvia offered us a new version of the Cards of the Universe. As always, it was great. Cris Angles took one card for me and it said “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest words are these: “IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. Dare to dream” It was a happy surprise that Cris took my card. I do appreciate it.

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Silvia took one for all the class and it said: “Remember, everything counts”.

After sharing cards, we saw a video about the incredible story of Arthur.

It really impresses some of us. He was very encouraged. I guess I will the same.

When we started the theoretical part of the class, Silvia opened the discussion with a real example that occurs to her these days. The conclusion would be that it wasn’t what it seems.

Managers need a model to guide them and their enquiry process. Performance is ability and motivation. Ability means aptitude and training resources. Motivation means desire and commitment.

There are several motivational theories, for example, Herzberg’s hygiene theory, Peter principles, theory X, etc… Silvia explained them accurately. In conclusion, these theories are focus in performance, outcomes and satisfaction in order to be effective.

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