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Negative Reinforcement


Negative reinforcement can drain the spirit of your Team Think the same way as it drains your creativity.  Avoid hidden pitfalls when looking for ways to offer support and guidance to your team.

What results would you expect from a Team Think that is driven by a culture of negative reinforcement?

Here are four indications that Negative Reinforcement is present:


  1. Does productivity go up just before the deadline?
  2. Does performance decline dramatically after reaching a goal or milestone?
  3. Does performance drop after removing a performance goal.
  4. Do team members use “negative talk.”

Always remember, there is a high price to pay for negative reinforcement.

Here are the major de-motivators:


Boredom                      Daydreaming

Procrastination            No Skill Enhancement

Fatigue                        Accidents

Quality Suffers             “Just Get It Done” Mindset

Dissatisfaction             Rumors

Turnover                     Low Morale



“Man is only great when he acts from passion.”

-Benjamin Disraeli, 19th century British Prime Minister


Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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