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5 Videos Every Boss Should Watch if He Want's to Motivate His Team

Updated on September 12, 2014
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The Art of Motivation

I think for a lot of businesses, what they're doing just isn't working. People are simply not motivated to work to the best of their abilities. Something is holding them back, or just not pushing them forward.

A lot of times, that something is their leader. A manager/boss/CEO/whatever, has the ability to lead their team to greatness, and they also have the ability to crush their passion. The way in which a leader motivates is often demotivating, whether they realize it or not.

So, I've chosen five videos I think every boss should watch if he want's to motivate his team (or her team!). If a leader is actually trying to motivate and lead and has a somewhat open mind, I think these videos will point them at least in the right direction.

Is money the best way to motivate?

Is is a monitary incentive the best method of motivating productivity?

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Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? - Finding Meaning in the Work

In this speech, Dan Ariely discusses how giving value to work motivates people. This "value" is not monetary value, but a sense of meaning. By acknowledging ones work and emphasizing that the work has purpose, a leader can motivate. Likewise, by dismissing someone's labors, a boss can crush their motivation to work in the future.

I also recommend watching Dan Ariely's speech, Are we in control of our decisions? This is an amazing speech filled all sorts of lessons, including lessons in leadership and motivation. In this speech a boss can learn that "how" something is presented can produce action.

Predictably Irrational

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
I absolutely loved this book by Dan Ariely. It is filled with all sorts of experiments. This book is not directly about management, leadership, or motivation, however there are all sorts of things a person can learn in this book and apply to their leadership, especially how to use people's irrationality to your advantage - how the way you ask something can effect the response.

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work - Happy --> Productive

Here Shawn Achor gives a quick paced (and hilarious) speech about how happiness can create success, reversing the notion that success creates happiness. Positivity leads to an environment that makes people want to work, and to work better. It is important for a leader to rid the group of negativity and foster a happy team.


If two minutes a day for 21 days could make you happier, isn't it worth it?

The Happiness Advantage: - The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Common Motivation Technique: If they reach the goal, next time we increase the goal. That doesn't work. Increasing workloads is highly demotivating. It causes stress, frustration, negativity, and unhappiness, and these things all lead to a less productive group. A happy team is a productive team.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action - It's not what you do, but why you do it.

Simon Sinek's speech "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" speaks to inspiring action - this could be the action of a customer to buy your product, or the action of an employee to work harder.

Sinek's discusses the "golden circle" of What, How, and Why and shows that those to inspire start with the Why and not the What. If you hire people who believe your why and keep your focus there, they will work for the cause, not for the money.

Start with Why - How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
This book will help teach you not to motivate with bonuses or even little gold stars, but to inspire from the core. Inspiring people to believe like you and to think like you can help you make people want to be motivated, it will help them make it all make sense.

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation - More Incentive Does Not Mean Better Work

In this speech, Dan Pink presents his case about how what science knows and what business does in regards to the effect of incentive on work, by discussing several studies on incentives. He discusses how offering a higher incentive only works when the answer is right in front of you, and it's just a matter of doing it, but when the answer must be discovered, when it is creative puzzle involving "thinking outside the box", a higher incentive actually does the opposite.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
This book drives home the points that have come up a lot, that money is not the root of all action. Obviously, this does not mean it is acceptable to pay your highly qualified team minimum wage and expect them to do their best. This is addressing bonuses and monetary incentives for goals reached.

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work - How Managers Interrupt Productivity

Jason Fried talks here about how your office is filled with distractions keeping you from your work. Filling the day with a series of interruptions at work - interruptions by managers and meetings - can stunt creativity and melt productivity. While not every business can have work-at-home jobs, a boss can learn from this video that it's important to give them uninterrupted time and not to wast time in unneeded meetings. Flexibility to their creative needs can do wonders in a workplace.


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    • kerbev profile imageAUTHOR

      Kerri Bee 

      7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: That's great. I'll have to check it out.

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      7 years ago

      It's not a video, but I just listened to a great audio book called "Other People's. Habits" by Aubrey Daniels. It's basically about positive reinforcement, but it is much, much more than that. I highly recommend it.


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