Susan Fowler implores leaders to stop trying to motivate people. In her latest bestselling book, she explains "Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... And What Does: The New Science of Leading, Engaging, and Energizing. She is the author of bylined articles, peer-reviewed research and six books, including the bestselling "Self Leadership" and the "One Minute Manager" with Ken Blanchard. Tens of thousands of people worldwide have learned from her ideas through training programs, such as the Situational Self Leadership and Optimal Motivation product lines. For more information, visit SusanFowler.com.
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Even across cultural divides, rivalries and conflict, there are human connections to be made.
Be the example: Ask for help when you need it, and encourage your reports to do the same.
If you are frustrated that no one else is solving a problem affecting you or your performance, you need to be able to sell your solution to the higher-ups.
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