Exceptional Motivation Essay

3631 Words Jul 31st, 2012 15 Pages
Exceptional
Motivation
Based on Dick and Rick Hoyt

Contents
Executive Summary………..………………………….……………………………..….. Page 3
Introduction………………….….……………….……………………………………..…… Page 4
Literature Review.…………….…..………………………………………………......... Page 5
Discussion..................…………………………………………………………............ Page 8

Conclusion……….....……………………………………………………...……..………. Page 11
References….………….…………………………………………….…….……….….….. Page 12

Executive Summary
Motivation is defined as “the forces within an individual that account for the level, direction and persistence expended at work” (Wood, Zeffane, Fromholtz, Wiesner & Creed, 2010). |This report will focus upon three motivational theories to explain the exceptional
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Locke and Latham’s goal setting theory outlines how motivation is maximised when clear, challenging goals are established, and if commitment to these goals is high. In the case of ‘Team Hoyt’ commitment is the main factor which is also true in the workplace; however the ways to maximise commitment differs between personal and work oriented goals.
After examining the case of ‘Team Hoyt’ one can conclude that exceptional motivational was a key factor to their success and without it they may not have been able to finish their first race let alone the 957 thereafter. It is also clear how motivational theory can be outlined throughout their story to describe what influenced this exceptional behaviour. Maslow’s, Vroom’s and Latham & Locks theories all showed that a combination of process and content theories were present and all played an integral role in the case and we can see the links between this and organisational behaviour.

Introduction
This report will identify an unusual circumstance which demonstrates exceptional motivation and will draw on motivation theory to explain what happened and why. It will include a detailed literature review to explain motivational theory and a discussion which will focus on three main theories: Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Victor Vroom’s expectancy theory and Latham and

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