What motivates employees? As a manager, you need to know why people come to work every day, what makes them stay - and what drives them to perform at their best. According to Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, the best leaders are able to build a cadre of employees who have satisfying inner work lives: consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. To do this, you must create forward momentum in meaningful work.
"Soft skills do translate into hard dollars!"
Steve Lome, a residential real estate developer, and coauthor David Kramer, a mortgage broker, nearly lost their shirts when the housing market crashed in 2008. Picking up the pieces, they wrote The $500 Cup of Coffee® to inform and inspire others to build and hold on to their wealth. Writing in a friendly style, they demonstrate that managing money is not difficult, investment is not scary, and financial security is within reach, especially if you're young enough and mindful enough to invest your time wisely.
The first comprehensive look at what employees are thinking and feeling as they go about their work, why it matters, and how managers can use this information to improve job performance.
The May 2007 HBR begins with a short article from "Forethought": "Viral Marketing for the Real World", by Duncan J. Watts and Jonah Peretti. Then, Kevin P. Coyne and Edward J. Coyne, Sr., explain everything you need to know to survive your new CEO. Next, in "Inner Work Life", Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer present new research about what really motivates us at work. "Picking Winners" is an interview with Daniel J. Socolow, the Program Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program.