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Keys to Effective Motivation

by Reginald McDonough Broadman Press, $3.95, pb.

Reviewed by Terry C. Muck, Executive Editor, LEADERSHIP

"I do not believe a leader can control the motivation of those he leads. He seeks to provide a climate in which persons can motivate themselves."

After drawing this important distinction between motivation and manipulation, Reginald McDonough outlines four basic principles or keys that church leaders can use to create the positive climate conducive to motivated behavior.

McDonough makes it clear that these four keys spring from a biblical view of man. God values man highly-so should we. Since God gave man the freedom to choose, motivation must come from within each person. Man is sinful and self-centered-his egoistic needs motivate him. Since God gives the believer unlimited power, man's needs can be altered to reflect God's will.

Key Number One: Persons are more highly motivated in an environment that has order, predictability, structure, and stability. The real ...

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