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The Motivated Project Team

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U.S. Navy Washington United States

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Few would argue with the notion that the success or failure of a project is closely tied to the performance of the project team. Yet fostering and maintaining high levels of motivation within team members has beenand remainsone of the foremost challenges confronting project managers. Much has been written regarding motivational theory. To further complicate matters, some motivational theories clearly contradict others, and a managers ability to motivate is, to no small degree, related to his or her leadership approach and interpersonal skills. One thing is certain, though workforce and workplace dynamics are such that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to motivating team members. It is very important to recognize that motivation is an intrinsic phenomenon. According to noted industrial psychologist Frederick Herzberg, Extrinsic satisfaction only leads to movements, not motivation. Motivated team members, on the other hand, possess an internal drive that causes them to consistently direct high levels of effort toward completing their project assignments.

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