Using Motivation to Improve Performance

Motivation is a complex subject, but its understanding and application is central to the success of management and organizational success. Imagine that you have been tasked by the CEO of your organization (current or past) with recommending actions to improve the motivation of the organization’s employees. The CEO has requested that you prepare a talking paper explaining to management what motivation is, the factors that influence motivation, the role of the leader in motivation, and ways the organization can inspire motivation. The talking paper should not be a reiteration of motivation theory, but should provide succinct points that cover the key topics of motivation and provides a road map that management can implement to improve motivation within the organization. Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
For an explanation of a talking paper and tips to create a successful one, read the article titled “How to Write a Talking Points Paper”, located at http://www.ehow.com/how_8113844_write-talking-points-paper.html. Also, review the document titled “Talking Paper Instructions”.
In preparation for this assignment, review the following additional resources on motivation:
Resources:
“Creating a motivating work environment” (2 min 20 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Creating-motivating-work-environment/142957/155997-4.html?org=strayer.edu.
Berry, J. (2014). Revolutionising motivation. Training Journal, 10-13. (Note: Available in the Strayer Library)
Write a two to four (2-4) page talking paper in which you:

  1. Synthesize the concept of motivation, and examine the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.
  2. Evaluate the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and propose at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.
  3. Detail the feedback control loop, and suggest one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.

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