Category Archives for Team Management

Reinforcement Theory of Motivation

Reinforcement Theory tries to explain what motivates good and bad behavior in the workplace. It also gives us a mechanism to influence the behavior of our team using what the theory refers to as reinforcement, punishment or extinction. Reinforcement refers to rewards that are used to encourage good behavior and punishments are used to reduce […]

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Locke’s Goal Setting Theory

Locke’s Goal Setting Theory is a great framework to use when setting goals for yourself or for your team. The theory is based on research showing that with the right goals your can increase both productivity and motivation. Locke and Latham were able to demonstrate that when you set specific and challenging goals, and receive […]

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ERG Theory of Motivation

You can think of Alderfer’s ERG Theory of Motivation as a simplified version of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Whilst ERG Theory has much in common with the Hierarchy of Needs it does differ in a few important aspects. The model was developed by Clayton Paul Alderfer, an American psychologist. What is the ERG Theory of […]

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Expectancy Theory

The Expectancy Theory of Motivation attempts to explain why people behave the way they do. Do you show up at the office early, work hard, and stay late. Why do you behave this way? Maybe it’s because in return you expect and want to be promoted quickly, and given pay rises? Expectancy Theory basically states […]

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