Originally posted on 3 Jan 2014
Many feature films arouse emotions and contain profound messages of motivation. They provide stories about characters with specific motivational needs. Revenge is often used as the protagonist’s motivation in many films. It’s a powerful emotional force fixing direction towards a clear goal to achieve justice to counter an earlier injustice (often in the opening scene) which generates audience empathy for the character. This incident, along with the protagonist’s attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice, forms the foundation of his motivation.
The role of management in motivation
Talking about 40 years, this year is the 40th anniversary of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather – one of the most unexpected books on management practice and corporate governance ever to be published. In between the violence, murder and decapitated horses, it describes the establishment of the business empire of Don Vito Corleone (played by Marlon Brando), a poor Sicilian immigrant in New York. Don Corleone uses strong man management skills – and a little boardroom bullying – to build the biggest olive oil company in the US, with interests in gambling, racketeering and corruption off- balance sheet. To facilitate a culture of change, he motivates his most senior managers to explore any new business opportunities that arise. A blog post from Hubspot, written by Brian Halligan in 2007, explores 10 lessons in leadership from Don Corleone. Read it here.
So, if you are to motivate your employees, what emotions are the most likely to trigger a response from them? One thing is for sure, money alone isn’t the answer.
Please go here to see my blog post which looks deeper into what motivation really entails and the importance of motivated employees.
He was a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1988 to 1996.
Martin Pollins ran his own firm based in Sussex and was the first Accountancy firm in the UK to advertise on television and Martin went on to create and launch the CharterGroup Partnership (the UK's first Accountancy network) and then LawGroup UK (one of the largest networks of lawyers in the country).
Martin started work on the Bizezia concept in 1996, developing the broad range of information resources and products over the past 18 years.
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