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 by-lined 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.
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.
Research is backing up the idea of gratitude, which makes it crucial that we know what it means.
High-potential program don't work, and we should stop pretending they do.
Cynicism is not the same as pessimism or skepticism. Cynicism will not bring the results or morale you seek.
Leadership today demands in-the-moment responsiveness. You can’t afford to misread people’s needs or default to using your power to drive results.
Self-leadership is having the mindset and the skill set for getting what you need to succeed.
What are your values? You need to articulate them before you can reorient your life.
Ask “Why?” to understand the underlying reason for relying on incentives to motivate behavior.
Try new approaches to how you give feedback, hold one-on-ones and motivate your people.