Issue 125 - 05 | Challenging Beliefs that Erode Workplace Motivation

By Susan Fowler
Published Jan. 21, 2015 10:01 a.m.
“As a leader, you cannot motivate anyone. What you can do is cultivate a workplace where it is more likely for someone to experience optimal motivation.

Optimal motivation means having the positive energy, vitality, and sense of well-being required to sustain the pursuit and achievement of meaningful goals while flourishing. Optimal motivation is the result of satisfying three basic psychological needs that lie at the heart of every human being’s ability to thrive: autonomy, relatedness, and competence.

Why care if people are optimally motivated? Optimal motivation fuels employee work passion. Actively engaged employees have positive intentions to stay and endorse your organization, use discretionary effort and organizational citizenship behaviors on behalf of the organization, and perform above expected standards.”

About Susan Fowler | Susan Fowler has over thirty years’ experience as a researcher, consultant, and coach in over thirty countries around the globe in the field of self 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. She is the bestselling coauthor of three books with Ken Blanchard: Self Leadership and The One Minute ManagerLeading at a Higher Level, and Empowerment.

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