Summary of Motivating Employees

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Anne Bruce and James S. Pepitone have written a basic, hands-on book about motivating employees more effectively. They emphasize the need for your employees to become self-motivated, since only intrinsic motivation truly works. The book provides good, specific suggestions about ways to increase motivation. However, its core principles sound familiar - like material from an Organizational Behavior 101 textbook. Nonetheless, this book provides a good, easy-to-read summary of these fundamental ideas. getAbstract recommends this book to supervisors or managers who want to refresh their foundation in motivating employees, or to new managers who need to acquire this ability.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which three motivational styles are commonly used in contemporary business;
  • Why it is important to link motivation to performance; and
  • How to avoid factors that reduce employee spirit and motivation.

About the Authors

Anne Bruce is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader. She has led programs at Harvard and Stanford law schools. She facilitates workshops on performance management topics, leadership, customer service, and internal performance consulting. James S. Pepitone has twenty years experience as a management consultant. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies. He is the author of Humaneering: Technology for Improving Human Performance at Work and Future Training: A Roadmap for Restructuring the Training Function.



The Importance of Intrinsic Motivation
The key to motivating employees is understanding that people are motivated to do something by the belief that it is in their best interest. As a result, you cannot motivate someone else. You can only influence them once they become motivated. Thus...

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