Lessons in motivation ca. 1570

I recently wrote of Roger Ascham, and it reminded me of something that has long been a gripe of mine. Why is it that so many seem to think that fear is the best way to motivate? I read recently that research into the behaviour of managers, shows that one third are, “Too afraid to be off ill”.

Apart from being morally indefensible, this is surely counter-productive. They go into work when they should not, are more likely to make mistakes, and will share their, flu or whatever,with their colleagues.

The Quality of Working Life report from the CMI, also showed that 90% of managers worked unpaid overtime, despite many of them admitting that it was damaging their health, their family lives and their own professional development.

From another perspective then, these managers are routinely prepared to take decisions that result in damage to themselves, to their family and even to their careers. And we are employing these people?

And so, back to Ascham:

“I said… how, and why, young children were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning.”

This was published in 1570. How, and why, are we taking so long to learn it.

Zen and the art of blogging

Zen Habits is brilliant, perhaps even life changing. I recently found this Zen based site on improving your life, your mind, and almost anything else you wish to improve.

I love almost everything about it. The design of the site is clean and clear, and the author has relinquished the copyright on the site. Very Zen. I feel that is part of the attraction, there is a congruence, a feeling that what the site says and how it is built and run all follow the same theme. There are thousands of pages some recent articles include, 5 Ways to Spend Less Time at Work, Why Your Email Inbox Is NOT a Good To-do List, Why You (Almost) Never See a Fat Japanese (or, How I Lost 5 lbs. in Tokyo) and All the Advice on Happiness You’ll Ever Need in One Post

The list goes on. A fabulously popular blog and I can easily see why.