Simple Secrets to Motivating People Over the Long Term: Understanding What Makes Each Person Want to Act

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This Element is an excerpt from Four Secrets to Liking Your Work: You May Not Need to Quit to Get the Job You Want (ISBN: 9780132344456) by Edward G. Muzio, Deborah J. Fisher, and Erv Thomas. Available in print and digital formats.

The latest research on how to motivate people: grounded in the experiences of plenty of organizations!

Motivation is unchangeable. The deepest reasons for our actions are not negotiable; they are “hard-wired” within us. We can’t change our own motivation on a moment’s notice, much less someone else’s. This means the only way to “motivate” others is to align our requests with the drives they already have....


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Edward G. Muzio is President and CEO of Group Harmonics and a leader in the application of analytical models to enhance group effectiveness. He has started large organizations and small companies, led global initiatives in technology development and employee recruitment, and published papers ranging from manufacturing strategy to individual skills and productivity.

Dr. Deborah J. Fisher is a Visiting Research Professor at the University of New Mexico. Dedicated to group productivity and human motivation, she has served as Director of the Engineering Management Program at the University of Houston. Fisher has automated organizational learning for the construction industry, created employee development models for Sandia National Laboratories, and educated generations of professionals.

Erv Thomas , PE, is a Program Manager at Intel Corporation. For the past several years he has been responsible for recruiting, mentoring, and developing the world’s top engineering talent. He has dedicated over 30,000 hours to helping professionals and young adults live up to their full potential. Thomas has been a design engineer, an educator, and the founding director of a non-profit organization where he mentors teens at risk.

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