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The Problem with Intrinsic Motivation

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What are you intrinsically motivated to do? Abundant research proves the glory of intrinsic motivation. Sounds great, but chances are you face one or more of these three problems. Intrinsic motivation is rare—especially at work. (How often during your day do you say, I’d do this even if I wasn’t getting paid?) If you are not intrinsically motivated your default option is often extrinsic motivation, proven the junk food of motivation. You’re not sure what you find intrinsically  »  Read More

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

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