Google's Favorite Psychologist Has Some Advice About Motivation
Psychologist Adam Grant gives some excellent and unconventional advice in a cover story in The New York Times Magazine.
Notes that when leaders grapple to find sources of motivation within an organization, they usually focus on financial and other forms of compensation.
Grant found in his numerous studies that while employers often perceived giving as counter productive, focusing on the benefits of helping others is rewarding to all involved. Feeling like they are helping others reframes the work and makes it more fulfilling.
For example, rather than feeling oppressed by the hundreds of emails waiting for them each morning, leaders can reframe the situation by reminding them how much good they are doing for the recipients.
Productivity increases with even simple positive actions that can potentially have a huge impact on interactions with colleagues and clients. Grant uses examples to illustrate that focusing on the benefits others receive advances the cause of the organization. Framing issues in a positive light gives rise to positive feelings.
The examples show that by focusing on the positive and on what people are gaining from your service, not only are employees more fulfilled, but you gain happy, loyal customers in the process. Giving and gratitude are key to success and the reason why Google uses his knowledge.
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Source is BusinessInsider.com
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