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Motivation Resources

Articles


How to Be a Leader Without Having to Act Like One: Founders who would rather eat nails than lead find they can inspire employees with compelling problems. (Inc., 3 minutes)


Everyone a Changemaker "It doesn’t matter if you are working in the cafeteria or the inspection line of a plant, companies will now only hire people who can see problems and organize responses."  (New York Times, 4 minutes)


9 Ways You Are Demotivating and Disempowering Your Team "Some of the techniques you use (for getting the most out of your team) might only have a temporary effect -- you’d get the job done in the short term, but at the expense of your team’s motivation." (SmartBrief, 4 minutes)


Take 5: How to Keep Your Top Performers Happy   "Everyone wants to fill their company with top performers. But superstars are in high demand, so you need a clear strategy to recruit and retain them.  At the same time, don’t ignore the drag that problem employees can have on a firm. By some measures, the liability that comes with bad employees is more pronounced than the boost you get from superstars."  (Kellogg Insight, 6 minutes)


Books


Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)


The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life "Through personal stories and practical advice, Lynne Twist asks us to discover our relationship with money, understand how we use it, and by assessing our core human values, align our relationship with it to our desired goals. In doing so, we can transform our lives." (Lynne Twist, 257 pages)


Videos


The Puzzle of Motivation Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward. (YouTube, 19 minutes)

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