Inspiration Wednesday: 3 Key Motivators of Employee Effectiveness and Performance

Roberts_Post QuoteThe thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it’s so easy to be motivated.
Jeff Bezos

What motivates you? Is it watching your bank account grow or the recognition you receive from doing a great job? Maybe it’s something that goes a little deeper. Jeff Bezos’ motivation comes from all the people who count on him each and every day.

I’d bet many of the people who work at Amazon are inspired and motivated by Bezos’ leadership. This could be one of the key factors to Amazon’s ever growing success. To find out for yourself, check out the book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Stone was given unprecedented access to current and former employees who speak candidly about the innovation and culture Bezos creates at Amazon.

Bezos’ quote and Stone’s book reminded me of a course I took several years ago called Inspiring Employee Motivation. I learned about the motivators that influence employee effectiveness and performance called the Needs Theory or what I like to call the three A’s of employee motivation. Originally developed by David McClelland, the three key motivators of employee effectiveness and performance are:

The employee who seeks opportunities that allow them to continually exceed expectations are motivated by achievement.

The employee who seeks opportunities to build harmonious relationships are usually motivated by affiliation.

The employee who seeks opportunities to influence and direct people are usually motivated by authority.

Now that you’ve learned the three key motivators, ask yourself what motivates you and most importantly, each member of your in-house team? Knowing could be the difference between progressive success or failure.


HOW Design LiveGet even more inspiration at the In-House Management Conference at HOW Design Live 2014. Be sure to register by February 11 to save $300.