Why Motivating People Doesn't Work... and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and Engaging (Hardcover)

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Top leadership researcher, consultant, and coach Susan Fowler says stop trying to motivate people It's frustrating for everyone involved and it just doesn't work. You can't motivate people--they are already motivated but generally in superficial and short-term ways. In this book, Fowler builds upon the latest scientific research on the nature of human motivation to lay out a tested model and course of action that will help leaders guide their people toward the kind of motivation that not only increases productivity and engagement but that gives them a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Fowler argues that leaders still depend on traditional carrot-and-stick techniques because they haven't understood their alternatives and don't know what skills are necessary to apply the new science of motivation. Her Optimal Motivation process shows leaders how to move people away from dependence on external rewards and help them discover how their jobs can meet the deeper psychological needs--for autonomy, relatedness, and competence--that science tells us result in meaningful and sustainable motivation.

Optimal Motivation has been proven in organizations all over the world--Fowler's clients include Microsoft, CVS, NASA, the Catholic Leadership Institute, H&R Block, Mattel, and dozens more. Throughout the book, she illustrates how each step of the process works using real-life examples. Susan Fowler 's book is the groundbreaking answer for leaders who want to get motivation right.

About the Author

Foreword and afterword author Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author or coauthor of more than sixty books. Susan Fowler has over thirty years' experience as a researcher, consultant, and coach in over thirty countries around the globe in the field of leadership. She is the creator and lead developer of The Ken Blanchard Companies' Optimal Motivation product line as well as the creator and lead developer of Situational Self Leadership, the organization's best-of-class self-leadership and personal empowerment program. As a catalyst for growth, Fowler is a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies and a professor in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program at the University of San Diego.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626561823
ISBN-10: 1626561826
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Pages: 218
Language: English