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    melvin
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    I agree that a compromise would be both individual monetary rewards of some kind AND a boost to professional pride.
        But I still say incentives come after doing a good job that is expected of you.
     

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    Kevin Mader
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    Hello Bob,
    Did you catch my response to you in the other thread (“wage incentives ” I think as it has dropped off the top 20).
    And why would you compromise?  It is such an ugly word as it is a form of ‘win-lose’.  Aren’t we after ‘win-win’?
    Regards,
    Kevin

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    #68162

    sreedher
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    Hello bob,
    I agree with you and partially with kevin, win-win situation is a must but it is ultimately a situation which may not be encountered very often. Meaning to say that it is frequency oriented. In real practical situations ‘lose’ is also there. Moreover win win is a result of your monetary benefits & motivation (in a optimum way)
    sreedher

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    #68165

    Kevin Mader
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    Hello sreedher,
     
    Competition creates winners and losers.  We view competition as a primary means to an end.  We compete at work, at school, and in our own families.  We create winners and losers excepting that competition as a ‘fact of life’.  It is not a fact of life.  It is true of this point in time and will in all likelihood, not be the case in the future (distant or near?).
     
    Accepting competition as a fact of life only precipitates the madness.  Alfie Kohn uses and example shared with him about the game of musical chairs that exemplifies this very point.  The object of the game is to start the game with N number of players and N-1 number of chairs.  As the music plays, children circle the chairs set side by side until the music stops and children scramble for a seat.  One child will lose.  Next, take a way a chair and do it again.  The music stops: OUT!  Do it again: OUT! And again: OUT! Until one child sits smugly triumphant in the last chair, the rest losers!!  Does this sound like fun?  Why not change the game to remove a chair each round and as the music stop, children scramble to find away so that all of them can find a seat.  In the end, N number of players figuring out how to fit themselves on 1 chair.  Does this sound like fun?  It sounds like a better way to play the game of Musical Chairs!!
     
    This example serves to exploit the fallacy of artificial scarcity.  Artificial scarcity simply is that there weren’t enough chairs to make everyone happy.  The same is true in business, but because we are in the grips of the Western Management Philosophy, we acknowledge the existence of the Organizational Hierarchy.  How many organizations use the pyramidal Organizational Chart?  By this, we define our scarcity.  We live to this paradigm and we do so in many other arenas.  To say that ‘lose’ exists in practical situations acknowledges that all I have posted is false.  But I don’t blame you, or anyone else for that matter.  As ‘win-lose’ is predominant at this time in our existence, we continue to think along these parameters.  Peter Senge has stated for a change of this magnitude to manifest it’s self completely will take 200-300 years.  He is probably right.  So this begs to ask the question: do we try to eliminate incentives or management philosophies now, or let later generations do the work?  The change has already begun to manifest itself.  It is some 50 years into the change.  By ignoring these early signals that change is happening or going to occur, we only retard the inevitable.
     
    In order to achieve Business Excellence, many have said, and still many more agree, that Customer Focus, Quality, Cooperation, Challenge, and Choice must be present.  Competition and Rewards, if you believe in what I have posted here or understand the teachings of the many I have credited for my way of thinking, undermine the very existence of what we seek – Excellence and Value.  That is why I encourage those who have followed this thread to challenge their assumptions by studying the works of the many I have listed, particularly Kohn, Herzberg, and Deming.  Their message is very powerful!!
     
    Regards,
     
    Kevin

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