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Why Motivating People Doesn't Work . . . and What Does by Susan Fowler

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4.Motivation Is a Skill

Years ago, I met with Dr. Edward Deci, recognized as the father of and leading researcher in the field of intrinsic motivation. My purpose was to get his reaction to the model and framework my partners, David Facer and Drea Zigarmi, and I had developed to teach motivation as a skill. Revealing our Spectrum of Motivation model, I explained, “We imagine a whole new world at work where every individual accepts responsibility and takes the initiative to activate his or her own optimal motivation. Three skills are required for activating your own positive energy, vitality, and sense of well-being:

Identify your current motivational outlook by recognizing and understanding your sense of well-being and your underlying reasons ...

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