Motivating People

 

“Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”

 

– Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince

 

With all due respect to the now very dead Machiavelli, he was full of baloney.

 

This is certainly true in the business world. Just try this tactic with a Tiger, and find out if Niccolo was right. The Tiger will quit, and/or give you some serious claw marks.

 

To quote Peter Gibbons in “Office Space”:

“That's my real motivation - is 
not to be hassled. That and the fear of losing my job, but y'know, Bob, 
it will only make someone work hard enough not to get fired.”
 
We all know it takes quite a bit to actually get fired (particularly from a large company),
so the bar Peter is referring to is extremely low.
 
To quote Peter Gibbons further:
“I'd probably, say, in a 
given week, I probably do about fifteen minutes of real, actual work.”
 
I NEVER MOTIVATE THROUGH FEAR. This tactic has been tried on me personally, and I did not respond well,
to say the least. I’m a Tiger after all.
 
A personal story:
 
I worked at a rough-and-tumble company where the owner actively engaged in intimidation motivation.
This man would walk into my war room and curse at me and my staff. You can imagine the result.
 
This fear motivation trickled down to the VPs behavior until we ended up with workplace violence.
I quit soon afterwards.
 

Unlike Peter Gibbons, I would never commit a criminal act against an employer, so I just quit.

Goodbye fear mongers, the Tiger is moving on…