Stimulating the Less Motivated Members of an Organization

Organization members bring their own objectives and goals that migh tnot meet the standards you have for yourself. Some members may not feel the same pressures to succeed that highly motivated members do. Althought motivation coems from within a person, there are some things that you, as a leader, can encourage to crate an environment that will stimulate the less motivated member of an organization.


Guide experiences toward feelings of success. Success is a primary force in motivation for participation. It can be achieved by carefully planning progressions of responsibility, beginning at an easy level and moving on to more advanced levels. This should allow members to experience success after each accomplishment and motivate them to attempt more advanced tasks. Experienceing success will minimize anxiety and willl aide in the development of a positive self-concept.


Set realistic goals. Goals for your club should be challenging, yet attainable. If goals are set too high, a sense of failure will develop. The anxiety and frustration that accompanies failure could discourage rather than motivate members. On the other hand, goals set too low rob members of their sense of achievement and can result to boredom.


Include mmeber participation in program planning. Members will not move toward achievement through stimulation of their own desires, interests and abilities if provided the opportunity to dshare in the decision-makign process.


Give a knowledge of the results. It is vital that you give members an evaluation of their learning efforts. Constructively informing members of their individual performance will allow them to better understand their efforts.


Include variety in your program. Providing members with a variety of learning experiences will allow for a greater possibility that all members will find some success. Take advantage of natural interest, and try to create new ones.


Establish good rapport with your members. A volunteer who is well-liked by the members and who has won their respect will contribute to the members' motivation as they desire to win the volunteer's approval.


Encourage cooperation. Be aware of the damaging impact of too much competition and comparison. Stress how to make your best better, rather than to beat another member


Consider the advantages and disadvantages of material rewards

Keep a positive mental attitude

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