There are two conflicting views on motivation that I often meet in multinational companies and growing SMEs. They are both based on a misconception of how motivation works, and both can be damaging to the company:
ONE: Motivation is an internal and very abstract thing. You either have it or don’t, there is little the company can do.
TWO: Motivation equals money (plus cars, computers and other stuff).
The biggest damage is that leaders who hold either of these views will never try to unlock the real power of motivation. That is why, for the past 4 years, we have worked together with professionals and executives in training teams to work on the following problem:
“How can you improve motivation in your company with zero budget?”