Lessons in motivation ca. 1570

I said… how, and why, young children were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning.
— Roger Ascham.

This was published in 1570. How, and why, are we taking so long to learn it.
Ascham (or Askham) was a great supporter of archery, and wrote his first book on the subject.

Image: By Hitchhiker89 at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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  1. Vandy Massey says:

    Some really good points, Noel.
    I think managers who are too afraid to be off sick are operating on the assumption that they’re in a Theory X environment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_X_and_theory_Y). The trouble with this mental framework is the fact that more and more organisations are moving towards Theory Y management styles as they understand the scope of the benefits of really engaged staff.

    Those who operate on the basis of fear are making the assumption that they need to be seen to be working 110%. In reality most organisations would be happier to have managers who are functioning well because they are fit, unstressed and balanced. That way they are in a state to make the best decisions for the organisation and all the people in it.


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