Two interesting researches conducted at Wharton Business School demonstrated once more the curious and complex interplay between human motivation and goal attainment. The first research showed that people were more likely to achieve set goals when they were allowed “emergency reserves”, or explicitly allowed periods of failure; and the second research showed that people were more likely to perform better at their tasks if they “perceived” that their tasks required more skills to accomplish successfully.

Click on the images below to read the findings of research one and research two in full.

To Achieve Effective Change, Organizations Have to be More Human and Less Militaristic (A).

To Achieve Effective Change, Organizations Have to be More Human and Less Militaristic (B).

The findings here run in similar veins to the phenomena of “unlimited vacation time” in last week’s article: Sometimes, the Best Ideas Come from Counter-Intuitive Decisions, Provided that You are Willing to Consider Them, where employees at a particular organization performed better when they were explicitly allowed unlimited time off, and not the other way around. These findings reinforce the concept that in order to effect change, organizations will likely do better by adopting a more parental stance as opposed to a militaristic one; organizations are, after all, ultimately run by people.

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