Sue… great stuff! Thanks. A character’s belief system may be the single most important info we can have about the protagonist or even about the story we’re writing. I always refer back to the film “Moonstruck” where the protagonist Loretta (Cher) is shown to have turned her back on true love. That’s her “new start” because she has been hurt by love. So now she’s going to marry some dullard just to play it safe. And the writer makes the whole story about her realizing the stupidity of her stupid belief.
There are two types of motivation, Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation. It's important to understand that we are not all the same; thus effectively motivating your employees requires that you gain an understanding of the different types of motivation. Such an understanding will enable you to better categorize your team members and apply the appropriate type of motivation. You will find each member different and each member's motivational needs will be varied as well. Some people respond best to intrinsic which means "from within" and will meet any obligation of an area of their passion. Quite the reverse, others will respond better to extrinsic motivation which, in their world, provides that difficult tasks can be dealt with provided there is a reward upon completion of that task. Become an expert in determining which type will work best with which team members.