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What motivates me : put your passions to work
Gostick, Adrian Robert, author.
First hardcover edition.
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Kamas, UT : The Culture Works Press, 2014.
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243 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
What Motivates Me presents a breakthrough new online assessment to diagnose what will make you happiest and most productive at work. The assessment identifies your top motivators and the book provides a step-by-step guide to tailor your work to better fit your core motivations and boost your happiness and success in your career.
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What Motivates Me will help readers align the work they do every day, for the rest of their lives, with what truly motivates them. It also includes a code to the Motivators Assessment. This is not a personality test, but a scientifically valid assessment that digs straight to the core of what motivates you at work. The book also features a set of thought-provoking exercises to help readers sculpt their jobs with 60 powerful strategies.

After analyzing the results of 850,000 interviews, the authors sought to discover why so many people are not as engaged and energized as they could be at work. They found those who are happiest and most successful are engaged in work that aligns with what motivates them. What Motivates Me offers an extensively tested method to help readers identify their core motivators and figure out the disconnects between their passions and their current work, and guides all those searching for joy and engagement by asking the important questions - "What motivates me?" and "What can I do about it?"

Author Notes

Adrian Gostick is the author of several successful books on employee engagement and retention. He earned a master's degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University, where he is a guest lecturer on organizational culture.

Adrians books have been translated into over 20 languages and are sold in more than 50 countries. The Carrot Principle by Simon & Schuster has been a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. The Invisible Employee, from John Wiley & Sons, also made the New York Times Bestseller list. The 24-Carrot Manager has been called a "must read for modern-day managers" by Larry King of CNN.

Adrian is vice-president of Carrot Culture, a consulting and training division of the O.C. Tanner Company.

(Bowker Author Biography)



From Chapter 1: Far too many people are casting about in confusion for what would make them more successful and happier at work. Far too many able, intelligent people know they're not as productive or motivated as they could be day-to-day, while some are actually de-motivated--with aspects of their work that are in direct opposition to what drives them. That's not good for individuals, and it's certainly not good for their managers or organizations either. Turn the mirror upon yourself. Most days at work, are you doing what truly motivates you? Or back up: Before now, have you taken the time to reflect on what fuels your fire on the job, what matters most to you? What are you doing, exactly, on those days when you are excited and energized in your work, when you have that proverbial skip in your step? Only when we identify those unique drivers can we begin to chip away what constrains us and unleash our full potential, our best ideas, and our productive power. Only then can we silence the critics around us and realize happiness is not about any preconceived notion of what should be meaningful, impressive, or logical to you. It's about aligning the work you do every day with what motivates you. We've found stories that gave us hope. They are people among us who are deeply fulfilled by their work, who are passionate about what they do, and are energized when Monday comes. So what's their secret? In most cases they have taken control of their careers. For two decades we've worked with some of the world's most successful organizations in increasing employee engagement and team performance. Over the last decade alone we have conducted three research studies on workplace trends for our books comprising more than 850,000 interviews. What all that work has revealed is a key difference in those who are most energized on the job. What is it? Those people have aligned more of their work with their core motivations. As for those who are most unhappy, as you might expect, their jobs are out of whack with what they are passionate about. What follows in this book is a simple but empirically tested method to identify a person's blend of core motivators (from a group of 23 possibilities), figure out what disconnects there may be between their passions and their current work situation, and then work with their managers to fix it. (FYI, this method of identifying core motivators is also helpful for students who are wrestling with what they want to do with their lives, even deciding what major to choose in college.) We call this type of modification "job sculpting." For employees the benefit of this process is obvious. But for leaders the payback can be powerful as well, as sculpting can help diagnose how each team member's specific tasks are (or are not) aligned with his motivations and uncover subtle changes that can lead to increases in team morale, engagement, and results. Excerpted from What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work by Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Discovering Your Personal Motivatorsp. 1
Chapter 2 The Motivators Assessmentp. 21
Chapter 3 23 Motivators and 5 Identitiesp. 43
Chapter 4 Job Sculptingp. 57
Chapter 5 Finding the Right Blendp. 99
Chapter 6 Embarking on a Hero's Journeyp. 117
Chapter 7 Making a Good Living, Making a Good Lifep. 127
Book Summaryp. 133
Toolkit: Identity Reference Guidep. 139