Intrinsic Motivation: Learn to Love Your Work and Succeed as Never Before

Intrinsic Motivation: Learn to Love Your Work and Succeed as Never Before

by Stefan Falk
Intrinsic Motivation: Learn to Love Your Work and Succeed as Never Before

Intrinsic Motivation: Learn to Love Your Work and Succeed as Never Before

by Stefan Falk


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Intrinsic motivation—doing a thing for its inherent satisfaction rather than external rewards—is the key to success and satisfaction in any endeavor. A legendary performance coach shares his simple, proven, and fun methods for cultivating and keeping it.

To be productive and optimistic about our personal and professional lives, we want to feel that we can understand and influence what is happening around us today, and that we have a reliable insight into what will happen tomorrow. We also require a rich, supportive, and secure social life. As more of us work remotely and the frequency of our in-person contact decreases, this desire for connection and trust has only become more important; the social drive is so strong that our body temperature drops when we feel excluded.

To satisfy our psychological needs in today’s professional world, we must pursue them consciously and purposefully—but unfortunately, most of us don't know how to do so effectively. Instead, we waste our time on ineffective coping strategies that often make us feel even worse. The true solution to becoming happier, healthier, and more productive is to become intrinsically motivated: To stop wasting time on activities that don’t really contribute to our careers or our company’s success, eschew the dog-eat-dog culture of modern business, and find ways to take pleasure in what we do—and to do it well.

Intrinsic Motivation by Stefan Falk is a comprehensive guide to achieving this goal. Filled with methods and techniques he developed at McKinsey & Company and through 25 years as a senior executive and performance coach working with elite athletes, top executives, special operators in the armed forces, and leaders from all walks of life, this book will revolutionize your approach to success at work and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250277695
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2023
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 653,666
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stefan Falk is an internationally-recognized executive coach and human performance expert. A McKinsey & Company alumnus specializing in leadership and corporate transformation, he has trained over 4,000 leaders across more than 60 different client organizations in North America and Europe. He has held C-suite roles at several global companies, and has been responsible for driving corporate transformations valued in excess of two billion dollars. His leadership and human performance techniques have been developed in continuous cooperation with leading scientists in fields including neuroscience, behavioral science, and psychology. He is the coauthor of Neuroleadership.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book

Section One: Learn to Love Any Activity: Rewire Your Brain to Focus on Exciting Outcomes (FEO)
1. Set Expectations Every Day, and Bring Home Something Exciting and Interesting to Tell Your Kids
2. Pursue a Daily Theme That Excites You
3. Use If-Then “Implementation Intentions”
4. Master the Art of Baby Steps
5. Learn like the Terminator
6. Create a Time Budget and Track Your Time Every Day
7. Commit to Daily Journaling
8. Visit Your “Green Zone” Every Day
9. Deliver Fully on All Deadlines with Bulletproof Results
10. Define Your Most Important Goals for Every Workday
11. Set Weekly or Monthly Stretch Goals for Skill Development and Effectiveness
12. Pull All Four Levers for Success to Achieve What Most People Would Consider Impossible
13. When You Think You Have “Too Much to Do” —Don’t Prioritize

Section Two: Shape Your Destiny: Evolve Your Mindset to Become the Superstar You Can Be
14. Don’t Participate in Negative Talk
15. Do Weekly Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning
16. Don’t Be the Victim—Be the Detective
17. Always Do What Is Right for the Company
18. Write Yourself a Welcome-Back Letter
19. Actively Manage Your Anxiety
20. Apply Logical Thinking When You Experience Uncertainty
21. Communicating Under Uncertainty
22. Be Smarter About Email
23. Limit Your Time on Social Media
24. Apply Logical Thinking to All Types of Problems
25. Logical Thinking as a Method—Five Exhaustive Questions to Ask
26. Cultivate a Mindset for Inner Peace

Section Three: Master the Second-Biggest Obstacle for Professional Success and Well-Being: Other People
27. Develop Aspirations for How You Want to Be Perceived
28. Make a Habit of Asking for Feedback
29. Make It Easy for People to Follow Your Advice and to View You as a Thought Leader
30. Don’t Avoid Difficult People, Embrace Them
31. Develop Your People into Stars
32. Guide Your Company to Succeed at What It Is Most Likely Terrible At: Leading Change
33. Get Your Good Ideas Accepted and Implemented
34. Be Dead Serious About Diversity
35. Adopt a Recruiting Practice to Enable Diversity and Selection of the Right People
Final Words


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