Intrinsic Motivation at Work

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-04-06
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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This breakthrough book provides the first comprehensive treatment of intrinsic motivation in the workplace-the psychological rewards workers get directly from the work itself-offering clear advice on how companies can harness its tremendous power to develop a more committed, self-managing workforce. Written in an engaging, accessible style and grounded in solid academic research, the book provides a diagnostic framework for addressing problems of intrinsic motivation and essential ways to build it. This second edition is revised to focus on worker engagement.

Author Biography

Kenneth W. Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the cocreator of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, which has sold more than 6 million copies.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
What Engagement Looks Like Today
A Management Tale . . .p. 3
How Work Has Changedp. 7
The Rediscovery of Purposep. 14
Self-Management in the Pursuit of Purposep. 28
The Intrinsic Rewards That Drive Engagement
A Management Tale, continued . . .p. 45
Four Intrinsic Rewards: Meaningfulness, Choice, Competence, and Progressp. 47
How the Intrinsic Rewards Work-and Their Effectsp. 60
A Diagnostic Framework for Rewardsp. 73
Managing Your Own Engagement
A Management Tale, continued . . .p. 81
Tuning Into Your Own Intrinsic Rewardsp. 83
Building Your Sense of Meaningfulnessp. 95
Building Your Sense of Choicep. 102
Building Your Sense of Competencep. 111
Building Your Sense of Progressp. 120
Leading for Engagement
A Management Tale, concluded . . .p. 131
General Tips on Leading for Engagementp. 133
First Impressions and Prioritiesp. 143
Leading for Meaningfulnessp. 153
Leading for Choicep. 161
Leading for Competencep. 170
Leading for Progressp. 179
Enjoying the Ridep. 190
Two Earlier Models of Intrinsic Motivationp. 197
Putting Money in Perspectivep. 199
Notesp. 204
Indexp. 217
About the Authorp. 221
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