Donut Motivation

A few weeks ago I was in a coffee discussion with a retired friend of mine who was a VP of Finance with a major hospital group, a well educated and successful MBA executive.  When we found ourselves on the topic of workplace motivation, he said almost jokingly, “I brought donuts every Monday and Friday and that kept them motivated.”  Was he right?  Are donuts motivating? 

Somehow I can’t relate eating a donut to being motivated to do my best at my job.  By now some of you are saying, “Hey dummy, it’s the act of appreciation by the boss that motivates not the donuts.”  And you are right.  But what if donuts are provided when you know that you are not performing at your best?  Is it still an act of appreciation?  Are the donuts still a motivation tool?  If not, what then?

Getting donuts because your boss appreciates your work is an extrinsic motivating tool.  And at times this form of motivation is needed but to be consistent, intrinsic motivation is necessary.  This form of motivation comes from knowing the purpose of your job and being able to compare your visualization of that purpose to actual results.  More often than not that precognition of results is exceeded by actual results.  And that is your best motivation tool.

Final words 

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.”
Theodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919, 26th American President 

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Anthony Dziedzic draws upon his many years experience as an information technology professional and company executive in developing the principles and methods of TeamTacks(tm) and the guidelines presented in the Ten Commandments of Teamwork. The ideas and disciplines presented in Mr. Dziedzic's 'Motivated on Purpose' series of workshops and presentations have been published and quoted in Information Technology trade journals: Datamation, InformationWeek and CIO.
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One Response to Donut Motivation

  1. Rachel Rodgers says:

    Hey Dad, great quote from Teddy Roosevelt, I needed that this afternoon.

    Donut Motivation is a catchy title.

    Will check out more of the blog, but only after I email you and fill you in on my recent happenings., its been awhile. My computer has been giving me shit lately, so I am taking advantage of the library.

    Today is the tomorrow you were promised yesterday.

    Peace, Rachel