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Old 02-12-2013, 03:47 PM
Mayor of Mow Town Mayor of Mow Town is offline
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This is probably not the answer you are looking for, but last year I read an awesome book called "Drive" by Daniel Pink. It is about what motivates us (and employees). Might sound boring, but it is an easy read. As a quick summary:

- the carrot and stick approach (e.g. bonus payments) often doesn't work
- research shows that three things motivate us: autonomy, purpose, mastery

I know it sounds all touchy-feely and not concrete "what to do" info, but there's lots of examples and actual research in the book. I encourage you to check it out. It certainly changed my thinking.
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