A recent article on Top Performers and what makes them tick came across my desk the other day. It reminded me about the learning methods of behavioral conditioning through experiments using laboratory experiments ... which use three basic conditioning strategies:
- Positive reinforcement - based on a reward for some activity
- Negative reinforcement - based on a form of punishment for an activity
- Aversive conditioning - conditioning that teaches and maintains a specific behavior
Anyone who has ever been a manager of another person or staff learns these basics either in school or in the school of hard knocks - called OJT (on-the-job-training).