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Gold Nugget #147: The Sources of Motivation and Loyalty with Scott Love

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In episode 147, high-stakes headhunter Scott Love talks about employee loyalty, human needs, and what motivates people in the workplace.

People work out of self-interest. Loyalty comes out of an emotional context – often related to one’s direct supervisor. When employees refuse another job and insist that they “love it here,” positive feelings about the boss and company often drive that. It’s part of the manager’s job to figure out the underlying reason and associated action steps toward facilitating such positive feelings.

Abraham Maslow’s model of human helps identify means to stoke employee motivation. The culture and attitude of a workplace can make it a happier environment. Culture and attitude are key things a manager should influence. A manager should take care to be aware of people’s needs and be creative in meeting those needs in a practical way. Maslow’s model is a great guide in identifying such needs and approaches to meeting them:

  1. Need for immediate survival. (This is usually handled automatically via simply getting a paycheck.)
  2. Need for safety. Show economic security within the work.
  3. Need for affiliation. Facilitate connection among people.
  4. Need for recognition. Offer rewards, praise, awards.
  5. Need for self-actualization. Connect people to a noble goal with mission, vision, and values–beyond profit or shareholder value.

Managers can and should take action steps in addressing those needs. Simple things like offering small monetary prizes for achieving key milestones can make a big difference. If you can make work more of a game, then it won’t be nearly as taxing or tedious. Doing so will also show your team you care about them. Thus, you become “follow-able.”

Listen to/read the whole conversation HERE.

P.S. Thanks for all your kind words (and record high downloads!) on Monday’s one-year anniversary episode. Here’s to a fantastic year two!

147: The Sources of Motivation and Loyalty with Scott Love

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High-stakes headhunter Scott Love talks about employee loyalty, human needs, and what motivates people in the workplace.

You’ll Learn:

  1. Why people stay or leave their jobs
  2. The major forces of employee motivation
  3. How to become follow-able

About Scott

Scott Love is President of the Attorney Search Group, a professional speaker on employee loyalty, a high-stakes headhunter, and an author of three books. He was also a Naval Officer for four years, and moonlights as a stand-up comedian.

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146: Accessing Your Brain’s Hidden Potential with Dr. Barbara Oakley

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Engineering Professor Dr. Barbara Oakley gives her best techniques for making mindshifts, whether they are dramatic changes or small tweaks.

You’ll Learn:

  1. Why the Pomodoro technique’s 25 minutes of focus is indeed a magical number
  2. How you can make dramatic changes – and small tweaks – to improve your life
  3. How the imposter syndrome can actually be a strength

About Barbara

Barbara Oakley PhD., is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her research involves bioengineering with a focus on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera’s “Learning How to Learn,” the world’s most popular massive open online course. Dr. Oakley has received many awards for her teaching, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in education and the National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award. She is the author of seven other books, including the New York Times-bestselling, A Mind For Numbers.

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Gold Nugget #146: Accessing Your Brain’s Hidden Potential with Dr. Barbara Oakley

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In episode 146, engineering Professor Dr. Barbara Oakley gives her best techniques for making mindshifts, whether they are dramatic changes or small tweaks.

Give the Pomodoro Technique a spin to help you focus and get on top of things that you don’t like to do.

  1. Turn off all distractions so you aren’t bombarded with rings and notifications.
  2. Set your timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Focus as intently as you reasonably can for those 25 minutes. Don’t allow yourself to go off and get distracted.
  4. Finally, reward yourself after 25 minutes. Be sure to use a different part of your brain so you can give your brain a break.

Those 25 minutes seem to hit the sweet spot between being small enough to not be intimidating, but long enough to start settling into a nice groove…so you may just care to stick around longer.

You can change a lot more than you think you can. Observe those who have successfully made changes in their lives, whether they are super dramatic or just small tweaks. Their success can serve as templates that you can try on for size mentally. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t put yourself in a box about what your capabilities are. There is always room for growth.

Many people, even the most competent, suffer from imposter syndrome – but you can actually turn it into a powerful tool to help you become more successful. Thinking that you’re not as good as other people in your field can make you work all the harder. You can see things from new angles and take extra efforts to shore up any knowledge gaps. Whenever you think you don’t deserve your position or success, use it as motivation to earn it.

Listen to/read the whole conversation HERE.