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I always get a kick reading books written by experts in their field. Motivation, as it applies to groups of people, is a rather complex topic with many varied opinions. Sometimes it takes an expert to make it simple for the rest of us. In that regard, this book is sort of what I was looking for:
-There's a concise introduction to the basic concepts.
-Checklists and action plan is provided.
-There's a timeline to follow.
-Some good pointers, for me, at least. For example: "If part or all of your team is virtual, pick up the phone and give them a call. Do not try this via email, texting, or by instant messaging." Makes sense now that I've read it.
-The book is well formatted with a clickable table of contents (it's my personal thing - if I can't navigate a Kindle book, I'd rather have a paper copy.)
The approach relies heavily on Behavioral Science, which is a tricky animal. Therefore, I wish a few things were explained in more detail. Certain statements, like "Do not use inter-team competition," need to be explained a little more in depth as well, I feel. I am also not too sure I wholeheartedly accept Steven Reiss' 16 basic desires concept over Abraham Maslow's approach. However, I can see that when the most base human needs are met, as is the case in most modern societies, the "16 basic desires" most certainly set a good guideline.
Despite my minor criticisms, this is a good book that provides a viable framework for motivating a team, written by an expert. Recommended.
Goal setting has become a common factor in working with teams in business; however, people still are less than motivated to pursue those goals without becoming invested in them. Motivation is the key to that investment. Jason Jones admits that there are thousands of programs, ideas, concepts, and consultants found in an internet search for team building, so he provides a plan within this book. His plan is easy to follow and simple while wielding power and effectiveness. So many resources on the market directed at motivating teams and employees are vague and cerebral. Jones provides not another book of theories pontificating on what motivation should be, but rather provides a hard-hitting, instantly usable, concrete resource that draws simultaneously from theories as well as his practical experience. He is not just another educated author putting forth the next best set of ideas in the hopes of selling books. He is providing a step-by-step method of how to apply the principals he has already found to work in his own practice along with a margin of flexibility that allows for style, personality, and personalization. Jones is a PhD with real-world experience. Don't be fooled by the brevity of this work. Jones admittedly has left out many of the stories and other types of fillers that other authors might include simply to increase the word count and make people feel that they are getting a big bang for the buck. Jones, however, gives the big bang with effectiveness and usability. He writes specifically that it is for the busy manager that has little time for reading yet another book on motivation.
Read the book, put it to work, and then develop your own, personalized plan. It's that simple. All you need is the motivation to get started. I did and I'm deeply grateful.