Episode 119: 18th June 2020

Motivation, Measurement, Hello Kitty and Daniel H Pink give us plenty to talk about this week.

Whether we like to admit it or not most of us at some time or other has suffered from lack of motivation. Those days when your get up and go has well and truly got up and gone walkabout and putting things you’ve already done onto your to do list in order to feel productive just isn’t cutting it and you’ve no idea if you mojo is coming back any time soon. We thought the current situation seemed like a really appropriate time to take a look at what motivates us and, perhaps more importantly what doesn’t. It’s not the same thing for everyone.

Tracy flags up an article in Forbes which explores What Motivates You At Work and seeks out a quiz, a bit like the ones you get in a teen magazine, which shines a  light on What Motivates You. Heather gets put on the spot with an unexpected interview question about motivation but quickly changes the subject with 8 Things the Smartest Leaders Do to Motivate Their Employees.

In other news we learn that furniture giant IKEA is handing back money to 10 governments across the world, 92 is the age to retire in Japan . Meanwhile Tracy makes some sense of the latest ONS figures regarding the impact of Covid19 on UK GDP.

Our review this week is How Will You Measure Your Life?  by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth and  Karen Dillon which uses real life experiences to examine what success looks like, how we might achieve it and why it is important to so many of us.

In the spotlight in our profile section this week is  a speaker and author whose work we have covered before on the show. Daniel H Pink, really understands motivation from a business and personal perspective. You can find out more by watching his TED Talk The Puzzle Of Motivation or by checking out his mini podcasts called ‘pinkcasts’ via his website.  If books are more your thing then the following two are well worth a read. Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us and To Sell is Human. Both easy to digest and simply written.

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