Polished Perspectives on Motivation

Polished Perspectives on Motivation

People need to be triggered to act. However; people shall not act unless they are motivated enough and have the ability to act. The Fox Curve or model explains how the three components (another example of triads) are related. Dr. BJ Fogg, psychologist has developed a proprietaryΒ behavioral modelΒ that describes how behavior change happens. The motivation-ability curve shows a tradeoff in that if motivation is very high then ability may be low and vice versa. However; the trigger must be energizing enough to cross the curve.

Polished Perspectives on Motivation

Source- http://www.slideshare.net/amartin3/how-to-identify-and-trigger-a-motivation-wave

The questions that kept tolling in my head why people are lazy to turn lights off even though the ability function is assured almost 100%. It is very easy to switch lights off and yet many people don't. People may throw item in the road even though even though there is a garbage bin nearby. There is no need for ability and this factor is therefore buffered. Now, we have only two factors in operation: motivation and triggers. The triadic relationship has turned to a dyadic one.

People who don't act even though the task is easy either they have no motivation, or no trigger or both. We have more examples on beBee. It is very easy to like a buzz, but most readers don't even if they like the buzz. This "poverty" of action isn't surely related to ability; more to the dyadic motivation-trigger factor.
It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to introduce the motivation-trigger quadrant. We have internal and external triggers and we have internal and external motivation. The quadrant is then as follows:

Polished Perspectives on Motivation

It is clear that when we are internally motivated and triggered we are placing the spark (trigger) to the high quality fuel (motivation). On contrast, when we have a person acting because of external triggers and motivation. This person is very unlikely to act. This could explain why some people are lazy to turn lights of, or to click a like button on beBee.

When it comes to groups' motivation there are certain factors that encourage cooperation or lack of it. Just observe ants how they make a raft so as not to sink in water or in sand. Ants in the latter case excrete huge amount of glue that stick the sand grains together and the ants survive.


It is unfortunate that instead of going with nature that we go against it sometimes. Promise an attacker in a football game a huge amount of money (external motivation) for each goal he scores. The result shall be that the attacker shall play for himself and not the team. It happened and the team lost. This is an example in which we intoxicate motivation and expect positive results! These are self-defeating approaches. We need to promote group motivations and avoid the factors that enhance egoism.

Polished Perspectives on Motivation

In brevity, people shall not act even for effortless tasks or jobs if the triggers and motivations factors are external.

I would love your thoughts.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The philosophy of rewarding one and not everyone is flawed- you summed it up beautifully Lisa Gallagher. When there is an obvious reason AFTER completing a task I agree with singling out one person or few. In this case we are rewarding the results more than the person

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #20

I couldn't agree more Ali Anani. I also feel when one person on a team is given a large incentive to produce the other team members may become hostile. The philosophy of rewarding one and not everyone is flawed. It doesn't work and causes division within the team. You used a great analogy with the football player and noted- they still lost the game! I think there are appropriate occasions that one deserves to be rewarded and that may incentivise others or NOT. For example, if there is a sales team and only a one or two people are carrying the slack for the entire team, the sales goals are being met because of a few, I can see in an instance like that (just as one of many examples) of those team members being rewarded.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Dear Aaron Skogen comment is sharp. It reminds me of plants habits, minerals habits and then human habits. I shall dedicate a buzz on this topic. For now I say habits reflect how a mineral or plant respond to external factors. The habit we develop are the mirror of the prevailing environment. In other words, the external factors may be seen as the driving force for motivating a certain behavior leading to a certain habit. This is an interesting analogy, which I am exploring..

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

You are correct dear Aaron Skogen. When I look back at what motivated me personally, I find invariably it was recognition. I made discoveries that were patentable, but pted to publish them. These publications brought me hundreds of invitations to travel worldwide (68 countries). The more I got invited, the more excited I got and the less interested in other motivations I became. Motivations are the battery in our "game of life". If the battery is discharged, broken or leaking then we can't operate. But, what game are we playing with that battery? The game has to be worthy.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Dear CityVP Manjit- your nobility is reflected in your own words "I cannot serve a market that is simply making a living, but I can serve within a market that makes life a much bigger experience and value than money can buy". I don't sell your friendship for all the money in the world. What a unique man you are.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #16

#19
Dear Ali Anani, the word ocean is big, really big and so blue ocean strategies or thinking are too big for me for I currently have little interest in maximizing opportunity from the mass. The mass of people represent an economic existence and those people who view themselves far greater than an economic unit are people that are not the size of an ocean, nor are they a blue sky innovation or a green field technology - they are individuals for whom economics enables opportunity, but opportunity is personal. The movement of non-customer to customer at mass scale does not change the purpose of my existence, maybe one day it will if I decide that I have a great need in my life is to purchase a professional football team. Then a billion dollars will come quite in hand to pursue this economic toy. I cannot serve a market that is simply making a living, but I can serve within a market that makes life a much bigger experience and value than money can buy; or of course if my tastes in life require that billion dollars to liberate me, then and only then does my mind look to scale. Blue ocean strategy is cool for pioneers who want massive scale - but today I know my scale rather than drown in the blue ocean of my imagination. As the years move ahead, who knows I might get an itch for economic toys - but for now I am quite content.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Deep down in my heart I wished that Deb Lange would comment on this particular buzz for I know she shall contribute purposefully. Now, I know I was right. Socrates said know yourself, but your comment gives the fitness to this wisdom. This is reflected in your writing "I guess my point is that we have to be motivated in the first place to learn about ourselves and life". If all stimulants are out there and we aren't stimulated inside then what use those stimulants have? I know of your vast experiences in instilling hope in desperate people and that you have developed a solid procedure for doing that. There is a hidden jewel in your comment as you write "One by one I helped her free herself from self imposed limitations". Removing self-imposed limitations is a way to enhance self-motivation. As much as motivation is a complex issue, you made easier to understand with your bright comment, dear Deb

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

CityVP Manjit- unfortunately, I can click the like button once and if I click twice the first like disappears. This comment deserves many like clicks. "...there is a huge difference. Smart people can be lazy and they are lazy because they are smart - i.e. why do something that does not need to be done, so we can focus our energy on that which is smart"? This quote from your comment is deep and provides a new perspective. Just a "lazy" question to you, Manjit. In the Blue Ocean Strategy the seek for non-customers who might turn into customers is strongly advocated. Do you see a parallism between un-motivated customers and the Blue Ocean Strategy?

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #13

What goes viral today explains a lot more about the land of marketing zombies than anything else. Take the latest obsession with the "Damn Daniel" meme http://www.techinsider.io/what-is-the-damn-daniel-meme-about-2016-2 When I get to the root of this obsession seems to be people wanting to connect with something above and beyond their daily boredom. There is the advertized and marketed generations and there are those who have acquired resistance to marketer methods. No wonder viral videos and viral ideas are compared to a virus today. I am most demotivated by any marketplace that relies on the unmotivated because apart from boredom becoming a cultural norm, there is the hand of learned helplessness and here politicians and academics have made their fair share of contribution also. So I am not interested in the unmotivated but still have an affinity with the smart but lazy. The unmotivated are not often lazy, they maybe the one's doing the hardest jobs but they were raised in business, marketing, school and political systems that, people like me refer to as "dumbing down" and as marketed zombies. If your life has been used up by this system, then what energy is there to find one's own motivation - and this is where learned helplessness is a great affliction that sums up a system built and predicated on consumption. Academics like B.J. Fogg produce the instruments to tap into this latency. It is not laziness it is boredom - there is a huge difference. Smart people can be lazy and they are lazy because they are smart - i.e. why do something that does not need to be done, so we can focus our energy on that which is smart? There is a German proverb that says the "lazy man is intelligent" - so let us not think the word lazy applies to the unmotivated. The words boredom and learned helplessness require more study.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I left a job with a great salary. A friend of mine left a job withan extremely fat salary recently to work a for a more challenging opportunity. I agree with you Mohammed Sultan

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank You dear Mohammed Sultan for sharing your thoughts. I am reading and pondering on your comment. You wrote "Business is all about feelings and when these feelings are suppressed your ROE gets very low.You don't know how pride you feel when your peers trust you,certainly you can call upon that trust many times when you face stressful situations". This applies to me for sure, but how about other people? Are motivators equal? If motivations are based on feelings then we go to Maslow's Pyramid and the top of it in particular. Will feelings compensate for basic needs? A lot to think about.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
That is a brain-stretcher question Sara Jacobovici. Isn't art a great form of creativity? May be in art feelings of beauty prevail, but in science the emotions of discovery prevail. I haven't thought about this question before, but surely there are common factors like accepting challenges and desires for discovery. I have to think deeper.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #9

Because I was reading and commenting on 2 art Buzzes, Ali Ali Anani, I thought of what seems to me a difference between motivation to act or behave in a particular way versus the motivation to create. Is there a difference? Is art more related to inspiration versus motivation? Is there a difference?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
My late father did the same for us when we were young dear Anees Zaidi. During vacations he used to bring us a load of books. If any body wanted to go to the movie, have ice cream or get a new shirt all he had to do read a book an s summarize it. Depending on the quality of the summary the reward would be decided. Or, math and science problems to suggest solutions and so on. The motivation started as an external one, but later became hugely internal. I can't imagine myself going to bed without reading or generating an idea. So, internalization of external motivation needs creative approaches.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I want to release one idea that is consistent with what the great thinker Sara Jacobovici wrote in her first comment. If you would inspect the first figure you may notice the dividing curve between taking action and not taking action, This is a smooth curve. As motivation is a complex topic the curve should be fuzzy and not smooth like coasts and tree leaves. So, the curve doesn't represent reality and there must be a power law in operation. Motivation is not a linear relationship. However; there could be simple interacting rules among the interacting forces that could lead to complexity. So, with this perspective I tend to support Sara's point of view in .at least, Fig. 1 is not representative of motivation.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Me too Sara Jacobovici and I greatly appreciate your perspective because in differences we see more.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #5

#5
You are the catalyst of another interesting discussion Ali Anani. I look forward to the outcome.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Thank you Sara Jacobovici and you shared this buzz in debate because I strongly believe it is debatable. What you wrote "From my perspective, motivation grows from meaning which in turn grew from experience', I may say that you may have noticed that in the quadrant I left two of them without comments. One of them is external triggers and internal motivation. I believe like you they shouldn't work in isolation (i mean here external factors because you don't like the idea of triggers). The second issue is the use of triggers. Now, this is another hugely debatable issue. There are so many different views and some of them involve a stepwise buildup of triggers. As a chemist, spontaneous reactions are few and most of them require trigger. But I would love to hear other opinions before I explain further.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #3

You have taken on one of the most difficult topics to be discussed Ali Anani; motivation. Of course you focus on the key dyadic elements of being internally or externally motivated. I am not satisfied with the term or concept of trigger in the case of motivation because I feel it limits us to a "knee jerk reaction" mode of behaviour. From my perspective, motivation grows from meaning which in turn grew from experience. And this encompasses both the internal and external experiences. You see, I believe everything we do serves a purpose that communicates something in relation to those experiences and meanings. Take for example what you mention, switching off the lights. Not switching the lights off serves many possible purposes for the individual engaged in this behaviour; the need for negative attention, passive-aggressive behaviour against whoever will be paying the extra electricity, acting out a sense of powerlessness by feeling powerful in acting out this behaviour, and so on. In a way, I am saying that the external experience needs to lend to the individual’s internal experience a meaning that will become the motivating factor for that person’s behavior.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you dear debasish majumderr, I love your term {Motivation can be manufactured". Sheer beauty my friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you dear debasish majumder, I love your term {Motivation can be manufactured". Sheer beauty my friens

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