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THE primary motivator of people (is exactly what you think it is)

What motivates people on a daily basis is the sense that they are making progress; that is, they are regularly achieving small wins on their way to a meaningful goal.

Oh, rats. I thought it was chocolate.

That quote is from Bob Herbold's 'Gutsy Leadership Blog'.

Vasiliy Smetanin's picture


People have always been the main resource of each company. To achieve the desired result you need to know how to motivate your team effectively. Inspiring supervisory style helps to create and maintain the spirit of enthusiasm among workers. The process of team motivating can be compared to creating a sculpture. To get a consummate shape the artist should clearly understand the structure of the material and be able to see the inner potential it contains. When it comes to inspiring people, communicating with your staff can be a very powerful tool.

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Why Do We Fall

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Keep your goals to yourself by Derek Sivers After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone -- but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them. 

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Dan Pink: The surprising truth of what motivates us

Giving people control over their own work has more positive effect on their performance than rewards systems like bonuses. 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.

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Ben Zander, inspired by Libraryguy, on giving an 'A' on day one

OK, I read libraryguy's list of inspiring authors and notice Ben and Rosamund Zander are among them. So, inspired by that, I have reached into my story bag to find some inspiring words from the orchestra conductor and leadership consultant Benjamin Zander. Here goes:

Give everyone an 'A' before they start

Kate Moor's picture

Don't Make People Feel Average

I was approached by an employee from another division in my compnay yesterday.  They wanted talk as they were extremely downheartened as a result of a less than motivational appraisal they had received.  I could understand why they felt as they did. 

It reminded of a presentation by Allan Leighton (ex Chairman of British Post and current Chairman of Pace Technology) to the Leaders in London on the subject of appraisals and leadership.   I think this is brillant and the message an extremely powerful one.

Hope you enjoy it as well.