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How to Motivate People: 4 Steps Backed by Science

How to Motivate People: 4 Steps Backed by Science
Employees, spouses, kids — what does it take to get people motivated so you don’t have to nag them? Motivation is powerful. It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary. Via The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: When tested in national surveys against such seemingly crucial factors as intelligence, ability, and salary, level of motivation proves to be a more significant component in predicting career success. I’ve covered persuasion, leadership, improving habits and fighting procrastination but what’s it take to get others to really give their best? 1) Stop Bribing Them When actors would ask the great film director Alfred Hitchcock “What’s my motivation?” Rewards definitely work. Researchers find that perceived self-interest, the rewards one believes are at stake, is the most significant factor in predicting dedication and satisfaction toward work. But as Dan Pink explains in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us there’s a problem with this equation: Related:  Engaging & Motivating Others

Employee Engagement - Today and Tomorrow Best Countries for Solo Travelers There are many travelers who claim that traveling alone is the best way to see the world. You deliberately travel solo, they say, because you want to experience the world without the influence of a friend or partner’s tastes, prejudices, or preferences. When you’re with a companion, it’s easy to focus on that person and forget about meeting other travelers. Traveling alone, you’re more likely to be on a voyage of self-discovery. Solo travel can be delightfully self-indulgent. It’s your call. Still, there are two concerns for many solo travelers. The second concern is a bit less tangible but just as critical: is the country you’ve chosen a happy place? To find the answer to these two questions, we crunched the numbers from the Global Peace Index, which ranks 149 nations for their peacefulness, and the Happy Planet Index, which looks at environmental impact and human well-being in 143 countries to measure where people live long and happy lives.

10 Project Management Pitfalls to Avoid By Reda Sedrati, CEO of Cloudswave Many professionals allow their digital projects to fail before they even get o the ground, citing lack of executive buy-in, impossible expectations and more. With proper planning and the right mindset, however, they can easily avoid the 10 most-common project management pitfalls. Unclear Objectives Clearly defining a project’s objectives is key to finishing a project on-time, on-budget and on-target. Lack of Executive Involvement Boost the odds of successful project completion by getting executives on board and informed. Lack of Communication Make regularly scheduled meetings a mandatory part of the process. Unclear Project Processes Keep a close eye on project progress by encouraging team members to follow a clearly defined procedure for submitting changes for approval. Failure to Learn from Mistakes Everyone involved in the project should be able to critique work and apply what they’ve learned. Lack of Flexibility Too Much Flexibility Inadequate Staffing

Every Worker Should Be C.E.O. of Something Q. What are the most important leadership lessons you’ve learned? A. If I was going all the way back, it would be playing on my school’s soccer team, because we were on the same team together, most of us for eight or nine years, and we were at a really little school in Chicago that had no chance of really fielding any great athletes. But we ended up doing really well as a team, and we made it to the state quarterfinals, and it was all because of teamwork. And the one thing I learned from that was that I actually could tell what someone would be like in business, based on how they played on the soccer field. So even today when I play in Sunday-morning soccer games, I can literally spot the people who’d probably be good managers and good people to hire. Q. A. So I’d rather be on a team that has no bad people than a team with stars. And are you a playmaker? Q. A. And that, to me, is a huge amount of what it means to manage. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q.

Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp | HOW Design University Is it time to create or refresh your portfolio? Are you ready to switch jobs or attract a freelance following? Then whip your portfolio into shape in this intensive Portfolio Bootcamp. Over the course of two weeks, design expert Denise Bosler will help you navigate the process of creating a knockout portfolio that not only reflects your talent, but also puts your work in front of the people who need to see it. Denise Bosler is a graphic designer, illustrator, and professor of communication design at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Objectives: Learn how to determine which works are portfolio-worthyDevelop a portfolio game plan that will get you the job or projects you wantFigure out how to best display your work in your portfolioWalk away with a finished print or digital portfolio that’s sure to wow Who Should Take This Course: Outline: LESSON 1: The game plan LESSON 2: The final portfolio

Collaboration Share your work with other team members, or simply collaborate on a specific task, Smartsheet makes it easy. Invite people anywhere to collaborate on your entire project by sharing the sheet with them, or simply send them a row with all attachments to get updates. Imagine having all notes, discussions, files, and information in one centralized location accessible across any browser, device, and operating system. Interested in learning more about collaboration? How to Deal with Chronic Complainers The Design Portfolio of Ben Barry

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