When Your Drive is Going Nowhere, Engage Your Values

When Your Drive is Going Nowhere, Engage Your Values

Do you feel like you have come to a crossroad or worse, hit a dead end in your business or career? Have you lost your MOJO? Perhaps you have lost direction and drive because of setbacks. Perhaps you are returning to work after personal crisis or critical illness. Here is a suggestion to help rekindle your drive: 

Reconnect with your values. Every time you walk into your office, whenever you chat with a client or a colleague, and even when completing routine tasks like paperwork. Remind yourself: “This is why I am here.” This is no time for auto-pilot or cruise control.

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Boost Employee Commitment with Motivational Outlook Conversations

Boost Employee Commitment with Motivational Outlook Conversations

Motivational conversations are effective in boosting employee commitment, engagement, and alignment with your vision.  Ask your people to identify what motivates them to do their work and to go beyond mediocrity to peak performance. Your goal is to help them identify motivating factors that have maximum impact and create optimum energy for them.  Help them to do their best work.

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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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The Motivational Trifecta

The Motivational Trifecta

As I read the book, Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and Engaging by consultant Susan Fowler, I take note that I can best serve my executive clients by having those coaching conversations about tapping into their employees’ basic drives:

  • Autonomy
  • Relatedness
  • Competence
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Motivate without Over-Managing

Companies continue to ignore the obvious: Offering incentives and rewards is less effective than tapping into truly meaningful intrinsic motivation. Leaders continue to operate on old assumptions about motivation despite a wealth of well-documented scientific evidence.  This is not the 20th Century workplace.

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