…onstruction industry, and I only hired unskilled labor. I wanted to train them to do things my way. But I would always hire them for $1 an hour less than I intended to pay them. On the first payday, I would take them aside and tell them that I was impressed by their work, so I was giving them a $1 an hour raise. The morale boost and loyalty that bought was priceless.
This is an inspirational article, Darryl - quite simple, direct, actionable and profound. I always wanted to write and am finally channelling my inner mojo to get down to it, find it totally rewarding already.
Really admire your $1 reward example that boostd productivity!
I published an article a few weeks ago on a similar topic based on learnings from Daniel Pink's excellent book "Drive". Big takeaway: creativity is painful and the “carrot and stick” approach hinders it. Somewhat contrary to your adice, Pink says that nurturing and cajoling our intrinsic motivation leads to enhanced output and satisfaction, more so than extrinsic rewards such as money, fame, followers, claps, etc. Titled "Unlock Your Inner Mojo" - would really appreciate your feedback on it!