Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Apr 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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In today's organizations engagement is vital—more is being required of workers than ever. In this new edition of his classic book, Kenneth Thomas draws on the latest research findings to identify the key to employee engagement: intrinsic motivation. Only intrinsic rewards—rewards that come directly from the work itself—encourage the profound commitment and sense of ownership needed for a truly engaged and innovative workforce. Thomas identifies four intrinsic rewards, explains exactly how and why they build engagement and provides a diagnostic framework to evaluate which need boosting and how to boost them. The second edition has been revised and updated throughout, with an expanded section on how leaders can identify their own intrinsic rewards and new tools, tips and practices for encouraging intrinsic motivation in others.
 

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Contents

A Management Tale
3
The Rediscovery of Purpose
14
SelfManagement in the Pursuit of Purpose
28
A Management Tale continued
45
How the Intrinsic Rewards Workand Their Effects
60
A Diagnostic Framework for Rewards
73
A Management Tale continued
81
Building Your Sense of Meaningfulness
95
A Management Tale concluded
131
First Impressions and Priorities
143
Leading for Meaningfulness
153
Leading for Choice
161
Leading for Competence
170
Leading for Progress
179
Enjoying the Ride
190
Two Earlier Models
197

Building Your Sense of Choice
102
Building Your Sense of Competence
111
Building Your Sense of Progress
120
Notes
204
Index
217
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Kenneth W. Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the cocreator of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, which has sold more than 6 million copies.

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