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Bob Sutton

Wally,

A very wise comment! Thank you.

Bob

Wally Bock

To sound somewhat like a former president, "It depends on what you mean by motivator." If "motivator" means "something that influences choices in behavior, then fear is a motivator. If "motivator" means "something that moves people forward," then fear is no motivator at all.

From where I sit, fear is the environmental results of a load of negative consequences. Negative consequences have a use in management. You can use them to get people to avoid or stop behaviors. If you do that too much, people simply quit trying things. That's what happens in a climate of fear.

Positive consequences, by contrast, are great for getting people to try things or to continue difficult behaviors. If your workplace has a lot of these it won't be a fearful place.

David Maxfield

I posted on this same topic a little while ago:
http://www.influencerbook.com/blog/influencer/1204137600000.html

Fear motivates action, but it's almost always short-term and selfish action--aimed at self preservation. Make sense?

David

perry

I can comment on Fear as a motivator and say I have only seen it slow down or stop change in groups.

I think it runs contrary to the engagement the students seek. I really think you have to stick to Chip Heath's rules of 'stickyness'...

They want the public to think about, engage in, and discuss this subject not be fearful of it.

p.


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