Moving Motivators

An interesting technique from the Management 3.0 book “Managing for happiness” is the moving motivators exercise.

What are the benefits of this exercise?

  1. It raises self-awareness about what motivates you, say what makes you get up in the morning.
  2. You can figure out what is important to your colleagues and support them in those areas.
  3. When you see the high priority motivators going down, you can think about countermeasures.


Jurgen Appelo compiled motivational factors from different sources like Steven Reiss’ 16 basic desires, Ryan and Deci’s self determination theory and last but not least Daniel Pink’s Drive!

He came up with the following list of 10 motivators which can be best memorized with the mnemonic “CHAMPFROGS”: Continue reading “Moving Motivators”

Kudo Cards

What is Kudo?

Kudo is Greek for fame or honor.

The idea behind Kudo Cards is to say “Thank You” in a meaningful way. By taking the time to specify and write down what you are actually grateful for.


As an alternative to just give a card to a co-worker, you can enhance the whole experience by building a Kudo Wall so that everyone can see which kudos were given from whom to whom.

Another nice variation is to put up a Kudo Box. You can put in the cards and at the end of the year / quarter / month you can do a tombola and give away some swag for every drawn lot.

You can either print Kudo cards yourself or buy a very nice box of high quality cards from the M30 webshop

Read about my other Management 3.0 Experiments here

Review Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo – Part 1

The author

Jurgen Appelo is “an entrepreneur, speaker, and writer pioneering leadership to help innovative businesses survive and thrive in the 21st century.”

The book

This book is a beast!

On almost 400 pages divided into 16 chapters Jurgen lays the foundation for his Management 3.0 concept.

Chapter 1

Marty the M3.0 monster


  1. Energize people
  2. Empower teams
  3. Align constraints
  4. Develop competence
  5. Grow structure
  6. Improve everything

Chapter 2

Seven dimensions of Agile

Derived from the agile manifesto Jurgen presents his own view of agile

  • People
  • Functionality
  • Quality
  • Tools
  • time
  • Value
  • Process
  • conflict

Chapter 3 – Complex Systems theory

  • General Systems Theory
  • Cybernetics
  • Dynamical Systems Theory
  • Game Theory
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Chaos Theory

Chapter 4 – The information innovation system

Five cogs of innovation

  • Knowledge
  • Creativity
  • Motivation
  • Diversity
  • Personality