Susan Fowler implores leaders to stop trying to motivate people. In her best-selling book, she explains "Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... And What Does: The New Science of Leading, Engaging, and Energizing." In her latest book, "Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truths for Achieving Your Goals," she reveals motivation is a skill that can help any individual thrive. She is the author of bylined articles, peer-reviewed research and six books, including the best-selling "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 Leadership and Optimal Motivation product lines. For more information, visit her website.
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