How to find motivation based on your individual work style

Motivation underlies every aspect of human behavior and it's the driving force that keeps us moving forwards to achieve our goals. "Whether you're working on a big goal or just trying to get revved up for the day, getting and staying motivated can be a challenge," writes Gwen Moran. And what motivates one person may not motivate another. Here, Moran shares some top tips to help you identify the key factors that motivate you to do your best work and how to use them to your advantage to keep ...
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5 ways to improve employee motivation & productivity with e-learning

One of the major reasons why people leave their jobs or feel unsatisfied with their current work position is routine. Doing the same thing every day, even if you're good at it, can kill productivity and leaves the person behind the job feeling stuck. Another reason behind the work routine is micromanagement. When you don't trust your employees with empowering tasks, you take away from their confidence. In time, this leads to boredom, a no-creativity work environment and finally, low productivity...
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How self-reflection can help leaders stay motivated

While taking on a leadership position can enhance your reputation and future employment opportunities, the additional duties and responsibilities can be exhausting. Researchers found that managing their own performance, the performance of their team, and the added burden of helping employees cope with emotional issues is so demanding it leaves the majority of leaders feeling "depleted and unengaged." Here, Klodiana Lanaj, Trevor A. Faulk and Amir Erez, share the self-reflection exercise they des...
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How to motivate frontline employees

Keeping employees engaged and productive is a key component of success, yet many organizations unwittingly stifle motivation and performance through leadership practices that are counterproductive. "Why  people work determines how well they work," write Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi. And the practice of creating emotional and economic pressure to drive performance can reduce motivation and worsen performance instead of improving it. Here, the authors share how implementing a new operation...
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This former Netflix HR exec’s culture-focused interview questions

  A lot goes into building a strong work culture and it all starts at the hiring stage, says Greg Silva. As VP of people and culture at a Canadian tech company, and previously an HR executive at Netflix, the questions Silva asks interviewees about their motivation, entrepreneurial thinking, and teamwork help him hire "team members who'll help build a supportive, healthy, high-performing culture." To help you gauge how well an individual might fit into your organization, particularly during ...
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How to reboot an unmotivated employee

Even the best employees can become demotivated and when individual members of your team aren't firing on all cylinders it can impact the morale of those around them. As a leader you need to "recognise the signs of a demotivated employee, and have strategies in place to assist and re-energise them before the situation escalates into a bigger problem," writes Barry Chignell. Here, he explores some of the factors that can cause a lack motivation, how to recognise the warning signs, and the steps yo...
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How frustration can lead to innovation

The entrepreneurial journey is full of obstacles and it's easy to feel frustrated whenever things don't seem to be working out. Instead of allowing it to hold you back and get in the way of your success however, you can use your frustration to spur you on and to seek out innovative solutions. "We frequently underestimate the power of thought, and consequently end up getting in our own way when it comes to achieving our goals because of unhealthy thought-processes that don't serve us," says NLP l...
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The top TED talks of 2018 so far—and what you can learn from them

TED, a non-profit organization, has evolved from a conference where technology, education and design converged to become an ever-growing collection of online videos for free distribution. Now these powerful short talks can give you a fresh perspective on a wide variety of presented by expert speakers. From the benefits of sleep and the power of emotional courage to becoming more creative, improving your network and boosting your career, Hayden Field shares here seven of the most compelling ...
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Can this four-minute brain hack turn you into an optimist?

While the human brain's negativity bias may be programmed into our DNA, how we respond to it is learned through experience, which means we can also learn to overcome it. While some people's actions are guided more by wanting to achieve a positive outcome, such as getting a good grade on an assignment, reaching a goal or mastering a skill—other people are motivated more by wanting to avoid the opposite, negative outcome of poor grades or failure. The former "approach motivation" is linked to posi...
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