Eda 575 Motivational Plan
Running head: Motivational Plan
Grand Canyon University: EDA 575
August 28, 2012
“Motives are sometimes defined as needs, wants, drives, or impulses within the individual and are directed toward goals that may be conscious or subconscious.” (Hersey, et.al 2008) A working definition of motivation can be “giving a reason to act: the act of giving somebody a reason or incentive to do something” (www.bing.com) It is important to have a working definition of motives or motivation before creating a plan for it. Motivation or the motives of someone will always depend on the individual, their perceptions, their needs and their beliefs. When a person’s perception is skewed, their needs high and their belief of what can be done that is when trying to motivate them in another direction is difficult. A leader is able to meet someone where they are, understand their perceptions, needs and beliefs and guide them into a new understanding in order to meet their needs and ultimately change their beliefs; in order to motivate them. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943) states that everyone has several levels needs beginning with a person’s physiological needs, safety needs, social needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs. (Hersey, et.al 2008) According to Hersey, et.al a person’s “needs, wants, drives, or impulses” ultimately drive a person.
When determining a motivational plan it is imperative to look the person or persons to whom the plan is for as a whole. A leader must understand the people to whom they are leading; starting with the group’s physiological needs. The physiological needs of a group of teachers range from their personal physical needs to their needs within the classroom such as; tables, chairs, books, supplies, etc. When teachers don’t have the resources they need and constantly have to “deal” with the lack of resources...