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Abraham Maslow and the pyramid that beguiled business

Abraham Maslow and the pyramid that beguiled business
The psychologist Abraham Maslow's theory of human motivation is 70 years old but continues to have a strong influence on the world of business. What is it, and is it right? There is a commonly reproduced symbol which many believe holds the secret to personal fulfilment and business success. It usually takes the form of a triangle, but variants in the shape of 3D pyramids and staircases are not uncommon. In 1943, the US psychologist Abraham Maslow published a paper called A Theory of Human Motivation, in which he said that people had five sets of needs, which come in a particular order. First, we have the basic needs for bodily functioning - fulfilled by eating, drinking and going to the toilet. Then there is the desire to be safe, and secure in the knowledge that those basic needs will be fulfilled in the future too. The next stage is all about social recognition, status and respect. It's about fulfilment - doing the thing that you were put on the planet to do. Related:  BUSS2To reviewWellbeing paper

“Motivation” by Terrible Terry Tate Wednesday, December 04, 2013 PrintEmailTweet This!Save to Favorites This is a perfect video to test understanding of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Terry has been drafted in to increase productivity at Felcher & Sons, and does so via American-Football-style tackles for anyone deemed to be working below Terry's exacting standards. Terry Tate Office Linebacker Video I usually get the students to watch the 4 minutes clip and answer the following questions; What level in Maslow's hierarchy are the workers currently at? A funny and memorable video that I hope you enjoy! Follow the tutor2u team and all our subject blogs on Twitter Register for free tutor2u revision classes at our sister site Zondle: Use the following class codes to join our Zondle revision classes: Economics: AS Micro 290-66327 AS Macro 290-66328 A2 Micro 290-66329 A2 Macro 290-66330 AQA AS/A2 Business: BUSS1 290-66325 BUSS2 290-66326 BUSS3 290-66323 BUSS4 290-66322 AS/A2 Economics Workshops | AS/A2 Business Studies | AS Psychology

A Point of View: Should countries be more like families? 30 August 2013Last updated at 13:30 ET Democracies must learn to compromise to ensure their survival, says Roger Scruton. Many writers have warned against the tyranny of the majority. Majority opinion may be wrong. Majority desires may be wicked. Until opposition is protected, therefore, there is no door through which reason can enter the affairs of government. In families, people often get together to discuss matters of shared concern. To put it in another way, the family is part of their identity. The same is true in politics. Religion provides such a first-person plural. In particular it does not accept the most fundamental disagreement within the state, between the faithful who accept the ruling doctrine and the heretics who don't. Religion can be a way to unite fellow believers Hence the need for a national rather than a religious "we". All those features are strengths, since they feed into an adaptable form of pre-political commitment. Here is an example of what I mean.

How to keep your employees motivated in a downturn | Guardian small business network | Guardian Professional When times are tough it's tempting for business owners and managers to put engagement initiatives to one side and focus on organisational pressures. However, this is precisely the time when actively engaging with your employees is most critical as they will be scrutinising and judging leadership behaviour even more closely. There is plentiful research to highlight the positive correlation between engaged employees and increased performance. The flipside being that companies with a less engaged workforce experience higher staff turnover, greater absence levels, more internal disruption and less discretionary effort, all of which inevitably impacts on the bottom line. The key is to create an environment where employees genuinely feel engaged and involved, where there is a sense of collective responsibility and employees believe they have a degree of control over their destiny. • To be effective, communication should be comprehensive, credible and two-way. • Be visible.

From heart rates to surveys: How to keep workers happy 12 August 2013Last updated at 19:06 ET By Nastaran Tavakoli-Far Business reporter, BBC News Happy happy joy joy: If your staff don't appear to be quite as bubbling over with enthusiasm as this lady is you might want to work out why - and do something about it before profits fall Amy Balliett had a problem brewing in her company that she was entirely unaware of. An employee was trying to encourage others at design firm Killer Infographics to leave the Seattle-based start-up. With a small workforce of 20 and an open plan office, Mrs Balliett thinks staff might have found it hard to come forward and tell her what was going on. But a programme called TinyPulse allowed some employees to tell her - anonymously. It allows bosses to gather weekly surveys from their workers, and provides a channel through which workers can raise issues and communicate with their bosses. Mrs Balliett says retaining workers is key to growth in a start-up like hers, so she has to keep them happy. Unhappy workers leave

Renovating the Pyramid of Needs: Contemporary Extensions Built Upon Ancient Foundations BUSS2 Exam Technique: Analysis – Limited, Reasonable or Good? Thursday, May 03, 2012 PrintEmailTweet This!Save to Favorites Having marked quite a few BUSS2 responses, it seems students have begun to get the message about application but are falling short on analysis. For example, a question from June 2010 on the Eden Project, Q 1c said: ‘Discuss the actions that the Eden Project’s managers might have taken to maximise the performance of Eden Project’s workforce as it grew from 5 to 750 employees’. Limited application and analysis might have noted that as 50% of management had been promoted from within, this would have motivated the workforce. To turn this into a ‘good’ response, we need to consider what measure of labour force performance might we use to answer the question? Anyway, how about this: ‘Eden Project has promoted 50% of its management from within. So, for good analysis, first of all decide which measure of business results you are going to focus on and then show exactly how a course of action would affect the measure(s) you have chosen.

Selling Serbia's economy to foreign investors 27 August 2013Last updated at 18:28 ET By Guy De Launey BBC News, Belgrade Ball Packaging has invested 100m euros ($133m; £86m) in its Belgrade operations David Banjai raises his voice above the din of thousands of drinks cans rattling their way through the machines in the factory he runs on the outskirts of Belgrade. "In all the other countries where we operate, nobody knows who we are," he says, "here in Serbia, we're a household name." The company is Ball Packaging Europe - and the statement is almost certainly true. Around the world it operates quietly, behind the scenes - making cans for the likes of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Heineken to fill with their drinks. But in Serbia, Ball Packaging is one of the largest foreign direct investment projects. That automatically makes it big news for a country which lost much of its own industry in the 1990s, due to war, international embargoes and the break-up of Yugoslavia. Lagging behind Keeping talent Revival needed

Why You (And Your Employees) Have To Work “Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money.” William Lyon Phelps, American Author Growing up, I dreamed that one day I could say, “I don’t have to work.” My parents were both government employees of modest means who understandably viewed my lofty aspirations as an unlikely fantasy. My father passed away when I was in my mid-30’s, before he had a chance to enjoy the fruits of his lifelong labor. His premature death further solidified my desire to retire early. After an exhausting and exhilarating 13-years as a senior startup executive, I looked back on my career with satisfaction, having helped several companies create significant wealth, including: Computer Motion: IPO and later sold to Intuitive Surgical $148 million Expertcity: creator of GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting, sold to Citrix for $236 million CallWave: IPO, initial market cap ~$200 million At the age of 43, I decided that I would retire. Finishing The Sentence

Brave new work: Making the 9-5 somewhere you want to be 11 July 2013Last updated at 18:54 ET By Fiona Graham Technology of business reporter Working 9-5: If you start counting the clock from the moment you slump behind your desk you're not alone - 70% of US workers, and many many more people around the world are right there with you Are you happy at work? If that seems like a loaded question - can you at least say you're interested in what you're doing, and feel motivated? If the answer is no, don't worry. So what can we do about it? Break clause Dave Coplin has a few ideas. He is Microsoft UK's chief envisioner. It's something he's passionate about, and that comes across clearly in his new book Business Reimagined: Why work isn't working and what you can do about it. Dave Coplin believes for companies to thrive they need to change the way their employees work "Fundamentally I think work isn't working," he says. "It's something that we do, it's not a place we go - I can work from anywhere." He sees technology as part of the problem. Open source

#Bonheur2017 - Propositions présidentielles pour le bonheur citoyen - Fabrique SpinozaFabrique Spinoza En tant que think tank, la Fabrique Spinoza s’inscrit dans la dynamique du changement politique à toutes les échelles pour promouvoir le bien-être et le bonheur citoyens. L’élection présidentielle est un enjeu décisif pour la France et une occasion unique de mettre le bonheur au cœur de nos préoccupations collectives. Les groupes de travail de la Fabrique Spinoza ont donc élaboré un programme comprenant nos 15 propositions capables de favoriser l’épanouissement de chacun dans le monde éducatif, dans le monde du travail et de façon plus générale dans la société civile. Notre réflexion s’est articulée autour de trois axes majeurs que nous souhaitons placer au cœur des débats pendant la campagne présidentielle : Chaque semaine sera consacrée à une de ces thématiques. En guise d’apéritif, nous publions le document de synthèse de nos propositions, qui seront détaillées dans les trois prochaines semaines.