Here are a series of my old Square Wheels line art images and some thoughts about intrinsic motivation and progress in general. Let’s start with,
“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”
I read the above in an old John Le Carre novel 30 years ago and it stuck with me. It is just one of those quotes that just makes some sense out of why so many things can be improved. Using my metaphor for how Square Wheels really work in the workplace, we have something like this:
A reality of organizations and training globally is something like this below, and we can only hope that they are headed in the downward direction and not pushing the wagon UP and turning corners that way.
Engagimentation is my term for Dis-Un-Engagement, which is acting to remove the things that people perceive as un-engaging. It is simple roadblock management when you reduce to the ridiculous, but it can be done in a way that actually generates intrinsic motivation and the sense that the organization is listening.
I think that the typical Training looks like this on the left, an attempt to build individual strengths, with the reality of implementation included on the other three images:
Because we cannot generally address organizational structural and process issues in much of our training, and because of issues like resistance to change and a lack of overall workplace engagement, we have a wide variety of performance based issues. Here is an older article on the problem of how we manage people and here is an article about workplace intrinsic motivation from other popular blog posts of mine.
One possible solution to these issues of ownership involvement and problem solving and intrinsic motivation would be better facilitation of ideas for performance improvement from the workers. We offer some simple cartoon-based tools for that purpose.
Lastly, remember to have some fun out there!
For the FUN of It!
Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools.
Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant who is trying to retire!! He now lives in Cuenca, Ecuador.
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