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10 Minute Guide to Motivating People by Nancy Stevenson

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Don't Mistake Your Motivation for Theirs

One of the biggest mistakes managers and supervisors make is to assume that what motivates them is what motivates their employees. That's just human nature. If you're motivated by things that bolster your self-esteem, you just can't imagine someone who simply doesn't need the promise of a raise or a promotion to keep her working. You might just have to walk a mile in her running shoes before you can relate to her perspective.

Here's an example: I once worked in a small company located in an office building with many other small start-up companies. One day, I ran into the office manager from the company next to ours in the parking lot. She had quit and was loading a box filled with her personal belongings ...

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