In our voyage of unbridled discovery, we continue to element A8. As with the previous incarnation of the syllabus, this element is basically an extension of the previous element. The topic of leadership is revisited in the context of human motivation theories.
Human motivation theories are like the leadership theories – everyone has their own pet theory and there’s a germ of truth in most of them. But they never really tell the whole story because of the complexity that is mankind’s psyche.
Vroom’s ideas are brought up again. With a name like that you’d think it was going to be quick, simple and fun, but it isn’t. It’s a so-called “expectancy theory” of motivation from the 1960s. It’s called “expectancy” because people are motivated to behave in a certain way because they are expecting a certain result – so they focus their attention on a behaviour they think will get them there. But the way we rationalise our decisions on behaviour is complex and can depend on all sorts of things, including our emotional state. But with some workplaces you’re probably just as likely to predict motivation and behaviour by getting yourself one of those Magic 8 balls.
The rest of the element is as it was before, but with a slight skew towards mental health (effectively the new name for workplace stress).
As we know, behaviour usually leads to a brush with the law, which brings us to the next trench of elements (A9-A11) – which are all related to the legal environment (well, for the NDip at least). The most important changes to A9 are clarifications. For example, when talking about the main EU institutions (of which there can be many), it is now clear that only three are intended – the parliament, the council and the commission. So, if you were wondering where the majority of your hard earned taxes went, worry no longer. These three organisations between them probably spend more on lunches and biscuits than the GDP of Lichtenstein. But, I’m sure they’re worth it. There is also a bringing up to date of treaty references. The “treaty of Rome” as it then was has of course been messed with and re-cast. We now have the snappily titled, Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU).
The existing section on court structures has been broken out to make the Scottish arrangements clearer. Likewise the section on discrimination and equality has been made more explicit (grouping age, sex etc as “protected characteristics” – which is the wording used in the legislation). The syllabus has at last caught up with the Equality Act 2010, which is nice. The case law has been pruned and updated too. So, if you want those top marks, you won’t get away with what you learned before, though, like the case of Stark v Post Office, you may find yourself thrown by a faulty bicycle you used to trust like a friend.
Next time we’ll finish off the law (wouldn’t you just like to), I promise.