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Maslow, McClelland and Herzberg motivation theories were very interesting. All three men studied the behavior of individuals based on performance. Each one had their own observation as to what motives a man. In their day men operated differently as to the movement we have in the economy. Alot has changed since then therefore people are motivated by different things. Some of them are moved by what Herzberg and McClelland belief. Yes some people are satisfied and dissatisfied yet expected to perform anyway.

I believe the five factors that Maslow contributes to a person's needs. Yes, all the factors he states must be accomplished before success can begin. In the future we will continue to be expected to do a job that was once a two man performance. We must learn to seek motivation and satisfaction to accomplish the goals and plans we have to create our own theory

I disagree that the need theories are not valid explanations of motivation. In the need theory you have achievers, power seekers, and affiliation seekers. Achievers seek to excel and appreciate recognition of how well they are doing. They don't take chances because they can't challenge their skills. An achiever does not believe in just getting by, they drive to excel. They set very high standards. Power seekers want power and control over others. Therefore, they will work hard to get to the top. Affiliation seekers look for friendly relationships. Although they do not want to stand out or be recognized, they just want approval and to fit in. I may be wrong for how i feel but i would love to hear how everyone else feel.

I agree that need theories are not valid explanations of motivation, although they are relevant. McClelland himself explained that these needs are "subconscious" (Page 101). We all are motivated to do something but to the degree, but as for the three discussed in Chapter 6, we may be entertained with them but not even know it, therefore measuring them is not easy. Measurement is the process of assigning numbers to whatever we are measuring in order to bring about a clear understanding. If you can't measure it, how can you guarantee its relevance or validity?

I disagree that the need theories are not valid explanations of motivation. In the need theory you have achievers, power seekers, and affiliation seekers. Achievers seek to excel and appreciate recognition of how well they are doing. They don't take chances because they can't challenge their skills. An achiever does not believe in just getting by, they drive to excel. They set very high standards. Power seekers want power and control over others. Therefore, they will work hard to get to the top. Affiliation seekers look for friendly relationships. Although they do not want to stand out or be recognized, they just want approval and to fit in.

I feel even though the needs theory

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