Thursday, September 24, 2009

Desperation and Motivation

Ever know someone who didn't do much in a particular job he or she had and then after being laid-off or let go, emerges at another company and is a ball of fire? I've seen it a few times.

Sometimes the person may have had a wake-up call, or maybe he or she had a healthier environment at the new company.

Sometimes it's desperation. The person is keenly aware that if things don'thappen immediately, he or she will not have their new job for very long. He or she is desperate, willing to push and push to get results. Willing to cheat, to break non-compete agreements, to stoop to almost anything.

In the short term, this may work. In the long run, though, it may not. The clients that are being pushed and prodded will sense the desperation and will turn away. Plus, if a company breeds that environment, the culture will eventually turn on itself.

If you need desperation to have motivation, the results, if any, will be short-lived.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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