Susan Fowler

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

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Leadership secret
Leadership secret

Try new approaches to how you give feedback, hold one-on-ones and motivate your people.

The reality is you always have choices. Self leaders recognize the choices they have, including the ultimate choice of walking away.

Managers are often bad motivators because of a fundamental disconnect between what they see as motivating and what employees desire.

The recent elections exposed our deep divides, burst the bubbles and forced us into challenging conversations. This is a good thing, Susan Fowler writes.

We tend to assume people don't change their basic human nature. Let's reconsider that position.

Why should employees take ownership? Here's why it's up to you.

What’s the source of your drive, where is it taking you, and why?

No matter what country’s language you speak, conflict arises from our inability to successfully communicate values.

What motivates you?
What motivates you?

We know about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. But those aren't the only options for inspiring employees.