Solid foundations.

Your happiness and success is partly determined by whether or not your core 'Motivations' are being met.

These Motivations are not a conscious decision, but rather emerge from your self-concept, beliefs, expectations and personality.

As with our purpose in life, we do not 'invent' motivations; instead, we detect them. It is vital to go with the grain of our Motivations.

Unlock the Map to your world with Motivational Maps® Education Programmes for students and staff.


Motivational Maps: origins and development

The Motivational Map is not a personality test, or a psychometric profiling tool, it is a self perception inventory. The original Motivational Map was created by James Sale through his extensive research into human motivation and the study of three primary sources:

  • Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,
  • Edgar Schein’s Career Anchors
  • The Enneagram, a personality profiling tool

The original Motivational Map was developed with the corporate/business world in mind, and thousands of people worldwide complete the Motivational Map every year. Organisations and businesses use the Motivational Map to help inform processes such as Career Management, Recruitment and Selection, Talent Management and Performance Management.


The Motivational Map is based on three clusters of motivation: motivation through your relationships, motivation through your own achievements, and motivation through your individual growth.

Within these clusters are nine individual motivators. Of these, three will typically be stronger, with one as a core motivator. Motivational Maps technology asks some simple, yet pertinent questions that generates a unique, individual map, detailing the contribution of each motivator and how this can affect personal performance. The Motivational Map is presented as an easy-to-read report that accurately describes an individual’s drivers, and practical steps they can take to make use of this self knowledge.

Motivational Maps® Education Programmes

Mark Turner and David Livsey have developed unique programmes using Motivational Maps for the education sector to ensure the overt demonstrations of excellence in these categories:

  • Leaders have created a climate in which teachers are motivated and trusted to take risks and innovate in ways that are right for their pupils
  • Relationships between staff and pupils are exemplary
  • Leaders and governors have created and culture that enables pupils and staff to excel
  • Leaders and governors focus consistently on improving outcomes for all pupils; that pupils are uncompromising in their ambition
  • The school’s actions have secured substantial improvement for disadvantaged pupils
  • Leaders and governors have a deep, accurate understanding of the school’s effectiveness informed by the views of pupils, parents and staff
  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are at the heart of the school’s work
  • Leaders promote equality of opportunity and diversity exceptionally well for staff and pupils
  • Leaders and governors use incisive performance management that leads to professional development that encourages, challenges and supports teachers’ improvement