Keeping employees motivated and centered is often a big job for any organization. Here in Michigan, the focus is on the future and the continued growth of the automobile business and its suppliers. Confidence is essential as the 2012 calendar year hits halfway. In 1956, Dale Carnegie’s Speaking and Influencing Men in Business was re-edited into the best seller, How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking; in the book Mr. Carnegie writes: “Think success. It is easily in your power to do this. Believe it firmly and you will then do what is necessary to bring success about.”
This definition of motivation is so true today. From it come the following aspects of both success and results:
- Achievement: Doing your best every day is founded in hard work and opportunity. Doing things well and with consistency makes the opportunity happen.
- Recognition: Paying attention to people in a positive way is central to hard working organizations.
- Honesty: Support and feedback go hand-in-hand. Done in the right way honesty becomes an important tool.
- Simplicity: The little things give people the best joy. Motivation can indeed come from that pat on the back or that mention in a meeting.
- Positivity: A smile and a handshake often combine to influence others to do more than what might be required; there is excellence found, when we take the time to look for it.
Decades ago, Mr. Carnegie knew how to motivate teams and organizations. He sets the tone today as well. He indeed knew how to make friends and influence others to be the best of the best.
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