TRIPLE III TIME: Motivate With Challenges

How are you best motivated?  And/or as a leader…how do you motivate people/groups to be better?  Do you use bribery…money, time off or maybe even a promotion?  Or do you go the other route and try intimidation…threats or demotion/dismissal from the job??!!

I believe to be effective…really effective on the job and/or as a leader, you must know your own personal motivation “ignitors” and your style of motivating those you are responsible for.

Looking back my Dad utilized a Motivate With Challenges technique for getting my brothers and I to take on more responsibilities on the farm.  It would start with words like:

  • “Kids your age aren’t ready to drive a tractor this big!”Boy with cows
  • “Your cousins take care of more calves than 10…but you guys aren’t ready.”
  • “Ma thinks it will take you 3 days to finish hoeing this field of beans…I said 2…but she is probably right.”

Over these early years the Motivate With Challenges occurrences were many and I can testify that we exceeded every expectation…every time!

Without a doubt during my career I have utilized the Motivate With Challenges approach personally and professionally…most of the time with a great deal of success.  Quiet, subtle but steady…this style of motivation is uniquely contagious.  It does not drive motivation via rewards or threats…rather the motivation comes more from within each person/persons being motivated.

Self-assess your motivation priorities and maybe start with your “roots”.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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