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August 29th, 2006
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Outline of Motivation at Work book
After a few bouts of work, summer, contractors (we're building an extension for our books), and so forth, I've got an outline for a new nonfiction book, working title:

Great Passion for Great Work: Motivating Yourself and Others at Work

from a quotation by Denis Diderot: Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

I'm putting up the short outline behind a cut; comments are welcome!

Stephen P. Kelner, Jr. Ph.D


Introduction: Why I care about motivation (and you should too)

"What's all this stuff about motivation? I say, if you need motivation, you probably need more than motivation. You probably need chemical intervention or brain surgery."
- George Carlin

Section I: Basic Background

Nobody motivates today's workers. If it doesn't come from within, it doesn't come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves.
- Herman Cain

Chapter 1: Motivation--Why People Do What They Do
Chapter 2: The motives you should think about: The Three Social Motives
Chapter 3: See the power: identifying motivation in yourself and others

Section II: When Motives Collide

You can escape the person running behind you, but not that which runs within you
– African saying

Chapter 1: How motives interact between people
Chapter 2: Motive-Based Leadership
Chapter 3: Motive-Based Teamwork
Chapter 4: Managing Up: Motivating Your Boss

Section III: Speaking in the language they understand: Influencing Other Motives

Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience."
- Diogenes of Sinope 412-323BC

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Chapter 1: Machiavelli’s Dilemma: isn’t this manipulation?
Chapter 2: Influence methods (French & Raven & others)
Chapter 3: Reward and recognition
Chapter 4: Influencing each motive: Achievement, Affiliation, Influence

Section IV: One Level Deeper: Types within Motives

He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points."
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Chapter 1: Make it new or make it work: Two Kinds of Achievement Motive
Chapter 2: Jerkin’ back and forth: Trust, mistrust, anxiety: Three Kinds of Affiliation Motive
Chapter 3: How I want to influence when I grow up: Four Stages of the Influence Motive, plus socialization

Section V: “I Contain Multitudes:” Managing Your Motives on a Daily Basis

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
- Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Chapter 1: The Yerkes-Dodson Law, or, what monkeys can teach you about your performance
Chapter 2: Thinking through motivation: Understanding how the motives work
Chapter 3: Understanding Yourself: Assessing Your Motivation

Section VI: Motivating Your Future: Motive-based career planning

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
- Bette Davis, The Lonely Life

Chapter 1: Exploring your identity
Chapter 2: Making a life plan
Chapter 3: Implications of your plans
Chapter 4: Understanding Your Job and Career
Chapter 5: Making yourself happy and productive
Chapter 6: Goal setting: Kelner's Laws of the Balance Point
Chapter 7: Planning a Motivated Career Path

Section VII: The Prices You Pay

Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.
- Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)

Chapter 1: Motives vs. values
Chapter 2: Motives and health - so far
Chapter 3: Balancing Acts

The Last Word (for Now): It's never too late for a happy childhood

Current Music: Does It Really Happen

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Date:August 29th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
I especially like the last word part. I'm having mine in my forties.
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