Employees procrastinate and due dates are missed. As a result, friction is apparent among team members. These symptoms indicate a lack of true motivation. How do people in positions of authority motivate others, especially when the most powerful motivation comes from within? How can we motivate ourselves to accomplish what we say we want?

When asked to think of the best job they ever had, most people describe a situation when they felt intrinsically motivated. Challenge, respect, autonomy, and the opportunity to learn are intrinsic motivators. Compensation, fringe benefits, and prestige are extrinsic motivators. Their effects are short-lived and rarely produce the desired outcome.

Intrinsic motivation in the workplace produces perseverance, expands interest in the task, and fosters an individual’s trust in the organization. Motivated employees accomplish more and productivity goes up.

The Motivation workshop distinguishes the strategies, benefits, and consequences of three different kinds of motivation. We brainstorm and discuss how to foster intrinsic motivation in both others and ourselves in order to create a more successful outcome.