Daniel A. Domenech
Educator

Daniel A. Domenech

Spent seven years as superintendent of Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools before becoming executive director of the American Association of School Administrators.

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Fulfillment as motivation

Q: How do you define success?

You know you have succeeded when you feel fulfilled. It is a sense of accomplishment that can make your day. It can be the completion of a long and difficult project or it could be coming up with the right answer to a tough question.

Either way, the sense of fulfillment makes you feel good, and you want more. It is a powerful, intrinsic motivator pushing us toward more challenges and more successes.

Teachers use this very effectively in the classroom. They reward correct responses and good school work by praising the students and by giving them good grades. The students, in turn, study and work harder, seeking the praise and the A's on the report cards.

This translates readily to the workplace, where the boss becomes the teacher and the worker the student. Environments that focus on negative reinforcement, that punish rather than praise, miss out on the power of fulfillment.

By Daniel A. Domenech  |  November 3, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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