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Case 17: Motivation

Barry seems to be out of tune with the modern, high-tempo workplace. He seems to be operating on the ultra-simplistic premise that management has the sole responsibility to motivate employees. Perhaps this comes from Barry’s past, where he leaned too heavily on his parents, teachers, and mentors for motivation.

First, Barry must be willing to listen to his supervisor and other seasoned employees while learning not to underestimate them. They apparently have Barry’s best interests at heart and want him to succeed. He will need also to consider the principle of openly admitting his mistake (that he “may not have been trying as hard as he could”) to his supervisor. Since he is a new employee, his supervisor will most likely give Barry another chance to perform at his competence level. On his own, Barry also needs to start associating with some ambitious co-workers who are scrambling for better roles and greater effectiveness in the workplace. He will soon discover the depth of their self-motivation and will decide whether he is interested in applying his exceptional skills and competencies to become competitive and demonstrate commitment to his job and the organization.


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