What motivates you at work? Here are six possibilities

In a recent webinar on A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation, best-selling business author Susan Fowler opened with an interesting question for attendees, “Why are you here?”  And it wasn’t just a rhetorical question.  Fowler wanted attendees to take a minute and assess what their motivation was for attending.  Here’s what she…

How to Say “NO” to Your Boss When Appropriate–5 strategies

One of the “rewards” of being a high performer is being asked to do more and more until you discover one day that it is just too much. You are working extra hours just to keep up. Your work and life are suffering and you don’t have time for your family and friends. It doesn’t…

Join us for today’s webinar: A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation

. Join best-selling business author Susan Fowler for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern). In a special presentation on A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation Fowler will be sharing some of the research underlying Blanchard’s new Optimal Motivation program and workshops.  Participants will explore three…

What’s your motivation at work? 3 questions to ask yourself

Want to motivate others? Start by learning how to motivate yourself. That’s the message that best-selling author Susan Fowler highlights in a recent article for Ignite! In Fowler’s experience, you have to understand your own reasons for performing at a high level before you can help others do the same. Without that understanding, most managers…

Autonomy@Work

“Happiness belongs to the self sufficient” -Aristotle Autonomy is our desire to choose—to direct our own lives—to have a say in our own destiny. It is one of our core needs as human beings—the freedom to plot our journey through this lifetime as we see fit while contributing to a greater good along the way.…

Don’t be afraid of feelings in the workplace

“Don’t get emotional—this is strictly business.” How many times has that phrase been uttered by managers and leaders over the years?  That’s the question that Scott and Ken Blanchard ask in their first column just published in the winter issue of Training Industry Quarterly. They explain that, “while managers often ask employees to take a…

Employees feeling entitled? It might be your fault.

The way you reward and recognize your people may be promoting some unwanted behaviors.  That’s because the use of extrinsic motivators (like money, perks, bonuses, and promotions) may change an employee’s focus at work and can also lead to a never-ending cycle of unfulfilled needs, unrealistic expectations, or an overdeveloped sense of entitlement.  The bad…

Don’t Lose Your Best People Because of a Poor Growth Strategy

That’s the message Scott Blanchard shares with readers in his latest column for Fast Company magazine.  Drawing on exclusive, primary research that shows Growth as one of the lowest-rated employee work passion factors in today’s organizations, Blanchard shares what individuals, managers, and senior leaders can do to improve growth perceptions inside their organizations. Individual Employees For…

3 reasons why your direct report isn’t starting that new project

Wouldn’t it be great if management was as simple as assigning tasks and checking on progress?  The reality is that many times managers are faced with employees who seem able to take on a new project, but never quite get started.  Follow-up conversations identify a lot of reasons why action hasn’t occurred , but you…