Is there someone you work with who could use a little motivation?  Could you use a little motivation? You can’t motivate someone else if you can’t motivate yourself and, frankly, we could all use a little motivation sometime. Too often we think of motivation as money or a promotion but intrinsic motivation comes from inside and is powerful.  How can you leverage findings about brain function to connect with intrinsic motivation? There are five ways to aid your brain or other’s brains to feel motivated by feeling rewarded. 

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In 2016, Wells Fargo fired more than 5,000 employees who learned the hard way that carrots don’t work—at least not in the long run. Decision-makers tied a substantial piece of these employees’ compensation to steep sales targets and made reaching them a condition of continued employment. They saw movement, if not true motivation. Even when launched with the best of intentions—which the leaders at Wells Fargo did not display—evidence shows that carrots-as-motivators ultimately fail. Incentives designed to spur workers to do their best can push them to engage in unethical behavior—to do their worst. 

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Andy Coville, CEO, Brodeur Partners

We all know that good CEOs think about the customer. Great ones obsess.

As technology changes everything, constantly, leaders devour information on customers’ needs, wants, demographics and purchasing journeys. They continuously align marketing, advertising and sales with carefully conceived personas of customer targets.

Perhaps there is one more thing we should be thinking about. Tribes. Both in terms of customers and employees.

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Rob Wilson, President, Employco USA

Autism rates have dramatically increased in recent years. However, while schools and community service programs have readily responded to what is being called “the autism epidemic,” employers are still lagging behind when it comes to meeting the needs of employees with ASD.

According to a study led by research scientist Anne Roux of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, 40 percent of young adults who are on the autism spectrum struggle to find employment. This is not just a crisis for those who are luckless in their job search, but it is a misfortune for companies as well.

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Shayne Hughes & Brandon Black, Authors, Ego Free Leadership

A workplace without politics is as mythical as a unicorn. But when those politics undermine company morale, it’s time to take a closer look—before they cut into the bottom line.

Brandon Black was grappling with an all-too-familiar scenario in his then workplace. The erstwhile CEO of Encore Capital was struggling to grow the company given the challenging industry conditions. It didn’t help that a number of Encore’s leaders were locking horns with each other over a range of issues. Brandon himself was butting heads with one of his key executives, Dave.

No matter how hard they tried, Brandon and Dave couldn’t seem to communicate effectively with each other. To a bystander, their bickering would have recalled a married couple caught in a downward spiral—you know, conversations going nowhere, with each assuming the other was the problem, and that their communication would improve if only the other changed their behavior.

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