Individual performance is a function of ability, motivation and opportunity or, alternatively, P= f (AMO) (Boxall and Purcell 2003).
This article is centered around ‘P=f (AMO) – Ability, Motivation, Opportunities’ and it has prompted me to share the backdrop to how I’ve come across this formula.
It is nearly five months ago when I won one of the eight categories in the national Adult Learner of the Year Award from the Scottish Learning Partnership and as part of the award you had to undertake a module or further studies of your choice. I opted to study a foundation module in Fundamentals in Human Resources Management (HRM) as this has appealed to me for many reasons.
Matt Moir of the University’s Lifelong Learning Academy, nominated me for this award this year (2012). Throughout my time at UWS and especially my connection with Lifelong Learning Academy, Matt made my learning process at UWS worthwhile after having experienced problems previously at UWS. His warm personality and attitude was instant during the guidance process. If I had a query or problems, I was able to approach Matt in confidence. Still to this very day we have maintained in contact and have good mutual collaboration around my University studies and beyond.
I have truly embraced this learning opportunity of erudition about Fundamentals in Human Resources Management (HRM) as I can apply the theories today’s employment situations in relation to equal opportunities and diversity.
One seminar lecture became evident and apparent as it was about HRM and the Individual and came across this formula ‘P=f (AMO) – Ability, Motivation, Opportunities’. I thought love that as I now realize why some individuals who possess these attribute of Ability, Motivation, Opportunities (AMO). To master all these three performance indicators takes a lot of self belief to apply yourself to any situations then remain motivated at all times and thereafter seize the opportunities that come with it.
However, I also realized to the implement Ability, Motivation, Opportunities (AMO) strategy with team members, employees or whoever that maybe is the responsibility of a leader, manager and line of management to ensure the strategy is effective for the individual’s motivation and the formula is designed to maximise individual contribution in the project, workplace or any situations, therefore an element of leadership is required too.
In my case of applying ‘Ability, Motivation, Opportunities (AMO)’ in relation to the Adult Learner Award has demonstrated that I am able to explore my learning in a different area, a degree of motivation to remains persistence in my continuing personal development (CPD) and have taken the opportunity to discover a new learning spectrum in Human Resources Management (HRM). This module will be completed by December and I can’t wait to have the fundamentals background of Human Resources Management.
I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to Matt Moir who nominated for the Adult Learner of the Year Award this year as I have clinched an opportunity to further my knowledge in a different area at foundation level.