And why, when the referee blows a whistle, do players charge toward each other with the intent of causing bones to rattle?
“For the millions of dollars they get paid,” is a typical answer. And it is true that a few, very few, football players make enough money in one game to pave their driveways in twenty-four-carat gold.
When the late All-American Bubba Smith ran onto the field at Michigan State University, the crowd would yell repeatedly, “Kill Bubba kill!” After one game, when the crowd had been especially loud, a reporter asked, “Bubba, how does it make you feel when you hear a hundred thousand people yelling “Kill Bubba kill”?
“It motivates,” was Bubba’s response.
Sure, boatloads of money may be an incentive; but ninety-nine percent of football players have no hope of earning even bubble gum money. Could it be that crowd applause and fan appreciation are great motivators? I think so.
If you have trouble motivating individuals in the workplace, consider erecting bleachers and inviting a few thousand people to clap and cheer when employees give a good effort.
Since this idea is impractical, even by a university professor’s standards, do the next best thing. Be sure that you cheer the efforts of your staff loudly, often and sincerely.