The Staff Development Illusion

Information, education, knowledge…  These are all thought to be the keys to the kingdom.  With these on your side you will get ahead, you will get what you want and have the success you always dreamed about.  Happy endings abound.

This is what staff development is all about.  Trainings, seminars, workshops…  These are all chock full of information designed to impart all the education and knowledge needed to improve skills, performance and career.  Managers and business owners profit because productivity soars.  Staff development accelerates potential, earnings and careers.  Win – Win.

“Knowledge is power” so staff development crams all they can into trainings.  Every department, from sales to service to support benefit from continuous education.  This is the popular belief.  It is the industry standard.  It is what we base success on.  Learning is about expanding the brain.  Up our intelligence and success follows.  Ah, if it was only that simple.

Since 1995 we’ve known that the prime driver of success is NOT just information, education or knowledge.  These IQ factors are important but not as vital as EQ.  Our Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) is the fuel that drives our thirst for knowledge, improvement and success.  It is ambition, persistence and determination that revs our engine.    Emotions can give us resilience, endurance and the ability to handle setbacks and failures.  It’s what gets us up in the morning hungry to succeed, achieve and make good happen.  Emotion is the motivation that applies all that information, education and knowledge.

Haven’t we all experienced the deficit of emotional chaos on the job?   We even have slogans, sayings and excuses.  “Going postal.”  “Good enough for government work.” “This is NOT the time to bring that up.”  We can all identify and relate to emotional fallout.  Unfortunately, we have little success with negativity, apathy, jealousy, or resentments.  Keep in mind that these are just SOME of the feelings that foster behavioral repercussions like poor teamwork, productivity and performance.

MOVVE™ which is the procedural application of Elite Motivation, gets IQ and EQ to work together, making intellect and emotional intelligence much smarter MOVVE™ harnesses emotionally intelligent communication practices that rally attitudes and actions into the pursuit and achievement of goals.  Better productivity, teamwork and leadership result. Managers, business owners and staff development can now ensure that time spent on information gets applied with MOVVE’s Elite Motivation.  Feelings that once were known to skew expectations and results get transformed with Elite Motivation.  Anger that would jam cooperation transitions to perseverance.  Negative attitudes that can poison a workforce reverses to the productive rally of teamwork.

We KNOW answers, solutions and the best way to skin a cat.  MOVVE!™ applies all this brain power into actions fueled by the power of Elite Motivation.  “Actions Create Change” is our motto!  From owners to workers, this is a real Win – Win.  Productivity and profits await.  Make your MOVVE™ to Elite Motivation now!


My first book, Elite Motivation, can be found on Kindle and Amazon.  Follow this link to find out about it:

My Guidebook, which offers a graphic filled step-by-step format, can also be found on Amazon and Kindle.  Here’s the link:  MOVVE – The Five Keys of Elite Motivation

Contact Jamie Cox M.Ed., (509) 396-4307, email: or at our website:  Discover MOVVE™ our procedural application of Elite Motivation that walks the talk of messages, information and knowledge.










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