Motivate without Micromanaging

Motivate without Micromanaging

Over-management can manifest as micromanagement. When you tell employees what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and why your way is better, you undermine their ability to think for themselves. Instead of enjoying some control over the way they work, they begin to feel powerless and controlled. They many even start to doubt their competency. Their relationship with you deteriorates, as it is now based on compliance and conformity.

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Puzzles Motivate Monkeys. What Motivates People?

In 1969, twenty years after Harlow’s experiments with primates, psychologist Edward Deci, now a professor at the University of Rochester, followed up with a series of experiments with humans. Deci’s experiments showed that students lost intrinsic interest in an activity when money was offered as an external reward. Drawing on my experience in the workplace, I am not surprised with the results and inspired by the validation.

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What We Can Learn about Motivation from Monkeys

What We Can Learn about Motivation from Monkeys

The third psychological need people want satisfied is a feeling of competence. As human beings, we are motivated to master tasks and learn new things. Mastery and learning top the chart when I coach executives to uncover their sources of satisfaction at work and then to develop interests outside of work that provide the same level of satisfaction.

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