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Is Motivation What You Think It Is?

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At the risk of challenging your basic beliefs, I hope you’ll reconsider traditional ways of acting (or stopping an action, such as a bad habit) that you might typically deem as positive. I’m asking you to consider more effective alternatives to the discipline, willpower, and externally-generated excitement that you use to motivate yourself. Read why in my June SmartBrief  »  Read More

Time for a New Approach to Motivating Millennials

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No matter where I work in the world, the question of motivating Millennials seems to pop up. Understandable, since this group of 16-37-year-olds constitutes the largest segment of the world’s current and future labor force (35% in the U.S.). The problem is, thinking about motivation based on generational differences has become a bright, shiny object distracting us from the truth about Millennials and motivation. Read why in my SmartBrief  »  Read More

How would you respond to losing your desk?

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Imagine you have worked in the same work setting for years. Now you learn that your company is moving to an activity-based work (ABW) environment—also referred to as “hot-desking.” No more desk, let alone your own office or cubicle. No desktop computer with sticky notes reminding you to smile.  Now, each morning you will go to your assigned locker, gather your “stuff,” and find a place to work in a free-seating setting where… (click here to learn  »  Read More

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