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The Motivation Toolkit

How to Align Your Employees' Interests with Your Own
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
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Getting your employees to do their best work has never been easy. But it is a particular challenge for knowledge workers, who must attend to many different tasks and whose to-do list is often ambiguous, requiring outside-the-box thinking. Lists of dos and don'ts are rarely effective. Instead, your best bet is to align their interests with your own - the heart of motivation - and set them free to use their own drive and creativity on their, and your, behalf. 

But how do you align their interests with your own? How do you avoid incentive schemes that warp priorities, encourage perfunctory and sloppy work, or cause unethical behavior? 

In The Motivation Toolkit, economist and management expert David Kreps offers a variety of tools, drawn from the disciplines of economics and social psychology, that you can adapt to your specific situation to achieve better motivation. This starts with understanding both the economic and social relationship your employees have with their work, their jobs, and your organization, then using that understanding to find economic or psychological motivators that will work.

©2018 David M. Kreps (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Combining Psychology and Economics to Manage

This book overviews important theories from psychology and economics to understand employee motivation. It forms a valuable academic view expressed by simple non-academic phrases that can be read by anyone. The listening experience is hurt by poor narration though. The narrator acts like a computer with scant artistic human touches i his narration. While the narration is still not extremely bad to avoid this book, a better narrator would make a huge difference to enjoy this book. I would recommend this book to managers and students who are interested in people management.