weeks - 10:38 pm on Jul 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Maslow can be misleading and confusing. People are not really wired that way, his approach has more or less been discredited over the years.
Money is a good example of how Maslow doesn't work. When someone is talking about money, or thinking about money, where on his scale is money placed?
It's a trick question. Answer is: everywhere. From the base needs to feeding our ego, money hits it all. So, Maslow isn't going to take you very far. (But, it's useful in making that point.)
When an employee asks you for a raise, what's going on? Answer: Don't assume. Listen and find out. They might need to eat better, but they might just need an ego boost.