This poster may do a better job, than my posts, of showing why posters and slogan are not an effective management strategy. Text from the poster: “If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.”
Despair (link to the motivation poster shown here), offers many such de-motivational posters and note cards – well done satire, in my opinion, but they might be too much for some.
Along the lines of our post, Stop Demotivating Employees, the founder of Despair wrote a book entitled: The Art of Demotivation.
Another poster example: Ambition – The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.
One of Deming’s 14 obligations of management was to eliminate slogans.
- Dilbert and Deming
- Our blog posts on: respect for people
- Our blog posts on: Psychology
- Deming on Management: eliminate slogans
Related: Why Extrinsic Motivation Fails – Dangers of Extrinsic Motivation – Alfie Kohn has some great books and articles on the problems with extrinsic motivation
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