Looking for a good book, Part II: Book Club!

Cover of "Grown Up Digital: How the Net G...

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Thank you so much to everyone who replied, either on the comments or to me privately, about great books to read!  I really appreciate the suggestions!

Here are some that were sent to me directly (i.e. they were not in the comments of my last post):

I could go on.  The great thing about everyone’s suggestions was that they were so diverse.  I look forward to my now LONG reading list!

So, besides having a great list of books, I found another way to motivate myself to get through some of these business books – sign up for something that gives me a deadline.  In this case, I signed up to attend the BC HRMA Book Club.

This month, we read Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott.  The book is quite insightful, I would highly recommend it (and so would my fellow book clubbers!).  However, more importantly, getting together with some intelligent and thoughtful people to talk about the book was the really inspiring part.  By discussing our general thoughts about the book, our likes, our dislikes, our lessons learned, etc., I felt like I got so much more out of the book.

The great thing is book clubs are so easy to find and to set up.  While joining the BC HRMA Book Club is an option, your company might already have one or would support it, you could get a group of friends together, you could start an online forum, etc.

It is so easy, it is great motivation, and it really brings books to life. I would highly recommend joining or starting one of your own!


Krysty Wideen is a learning and organizational development consultant with The Refinery Leadership Partners, based in Vancouver. Failing to leave her day job at work, she often finds herself relating every day, commonplace observations and activities to insights about leadership, business, human resources, and anything, really. Now she has a place to share her observations and insights.

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It’s your job to motivate me

It’s been hard keeping up the motivation to work these last two weeks.  (Sorry, boss!) 

But I’m both human and honest so let me tell you:  how motivated would you be if you’re working while the Olympics are happening in your town, you’re steps away from the German and Irish house (essentially, official national beer gardens), and your office is across the street from the flaming cauldron?  My beautiful office is now a curse because now when I look out the window,  everyday I get to watch thousands of people walk by, sometimes a tidal wave of red when they jump up and cheer in unison every time the home team wins a medal.  Sighhhh….

I know what you’re thinking… you feel sorry for me and wish you could ease my pain.  Yeah right!

Which brings me to this brilliant piece of research I read in the Harvard Business Review.  The discovery of what really motivates workers is #1 on their list of Breakthrough Ideas for 2010.  Is it the pay, flex time, recognition or just being really engaged in the work?  Heck no!  It’s progress at work!  Go figure, actually getting stuff done is motivating to a person:

On days when workers have the sense they’re making headway in their jobs, or when they receive support that helps them overcome obstacles, their emotions are most positive and their drive to succeed is at its peak.  On days when they feel they are spinning their wheels or encountering roadblocks to meaningful accomplishment, their moods and motivation are lowest.

I bet you’re now thinking back to your best work days and linking up those times when you felt like, “Yeah! I rock!”.  Who really enjoys spinning their wheels because politics, lack of resources, indecision, or the inability to get a hold of someone is holding work back?  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy recognition as much as the next person but sometimes I just want to stop banging my head against the wall.

So pass this around to managers you know!  Managers:  your job is to remove roadblocks for your employees, provide the right resources, coach, enable creative solutions, and generate support and buy-in.  In short, your job is to help your staff make progress at work.  Progress = Motivation.  In other words, if your employees aren’t motivated, chances are that it’s your fault.

As for my lack of motivation right now?  Don’t blame my manager.  We really only have the German Haus and athletes to blame.  And here it is, for one last time:  Go Canada Go!