Carey D. Hilburn Jr.
November 25, 2013
A challenge faced by many organizations is to motivate members. The variety of personalities, skill levels and work ethics between different members makes it difficult to develop a motivation plan that is universally effective. It is important, however, to implement strategies to ensure each team member is motivated, has job satisfaction, and performs well in order for the organization to be successful. Through analyzing the different characteristics and personalities of each team member using the DiSC assessment, a motivation plan will be created for members of Team D as employees of the Education Resource Center.
Motivation is defined as, “The processes that account for an individual’s intensity, direction, and persistence of effort toward attaining a goal” (Robbins & Judge, 2013, p. 203) There are several methods motivating team members. The self-determination theory states that people are more motivated when tasks feel more freely chosen than like obligations (Robbins & Judge, 2013). The goal-setting theory states that when specific and difficult goals are put in place with feedback, higher performance is achieved (Robbins & Judge, 2013).
One of the best know motivation theories is Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (Robbins & Judge, 2013). This theory postulates that every human has five needs: physiological, safety, social, esteem, and self-actualization (Robbins & Judge, 2013). As each of the five needs is met, the next need becomes dominant (Robbins & Judge, 2013). The motivation plans outlined here will combine the self-determination and goal-setting theories in conjunction with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Team D consists of five members: Daniel, Cranden, Victor, Kimberly and Carey. The skill sets, backgrounds, personalities and work ethics are different for each member. Each member has taken a DiSC assessment....