Motivate your team: but do not do this
John Austin, in Don’t forget to laugh pokes fun at low-cost leadership styles with some alternative versions of those motivational posters which team leaders, who know nothing about motivation, like to use. Dr Edwards Deming was the founder of the TQM movement and If you really have to stick something on your wall then it should only be his 14 Points.
That's because Deming's Point 10 is particularly apt: Eliminate Exhortations
"Eliminate the use of slogans, posters and exhortations for the work force, demanding Zero Defects and new levels of productivity, without providing methods. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships; the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system, and thus lie beyond the power of the work force"
Bioteams Books Reviews
In his unique book Dialogue and the art of thinking together William Issacs introduces the Four-Player System originally developed by David Kantor. This is a very important technique for supporting real collaborative thinking in teams.