The Motivation Myth: the simple yet powerful key to unlock human potential and create inspired performance and achievement

The Motivation Myth: the simple yet powerful key to unlock human potential and create inspired performance and achievement Most people believe praise, appreciation, and compliments are great ways to motivate and inspire people. Many think these communication tools are good people skills and are useful everywhere ~ from parenting to the boardroom, from friendship to leadership, from relationships to coaching. People mistakenly believe these tools are the keys to unlock human potential. That is a myth, says Mattison Grey and Jonathan Manske. Praise, compliments, and appreciation do not do what people think they do. They do not unlock human potential. In this provocative and compelling book, Grey and Manske debunk the myth that performance, achievement, confidence, and connection ~ at work, at school, and at home ~ are improved by these communication tools. Fortunately, there is an alternative, acknowledgement. This communication tool is the cure for underperformance, lack of self-confidence, and ineffective motivation techniques. Grey and Manske have seen it over and over again ~ acknowledgement changes lives! Acknowledgement effectively produces the results ~ increased performance, motivation and inspiration, and improved self-confidence ~ these other communication tools try to accomplish but do not. The Motivation Myth draws on scientific research, anecdotal stories from interesting people, and thirty-five plus years of combined experience in using and teaching the tool of acknowledgement. Grey and Manske reveal the simple yet effective communication tool of acknowledgment and how to work with it to motivate and inspire with integrity and grace. Acknowledgement is the invisible language of results! Table of Contents 1 ~ Introduction 2 ~ Why I Wrote This Book 3 ~ The Myth 4 ~ Compliments, Praise, And Appreciation Do Not Work 5 ~ Acknowledgement ~ What It Is And What It Is Not 6 ~ How To Acknowledge 7 ~ Acknowledgement As Feedback 8 ~ Self-Acknowledgement 9 ~ Using Acknowledgement In Team Meetings 10 ~ Acknowledgement In Leadership 11 ~ Acknowledgement In Sports 12 ~ Acknowledgement In Parenting 13 ~ Acknowledgement In Relationships 14 ~ Acknowledgement In Sales 15 ~ Acknowledgement In Peak Performance 16 ~ Because You Can

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  1. I Finally Get It ! After years of not understanding why compliments didn’t seem to work for me – I finally get it after reading this book! I have always had an issue with self confidence – even when people are telling me I’ve done a good job, or that I am a top preformer I would be left with a feeling of ‘why?’ or ‘really?’. Acknowledgement was what I was missing, and now with the help of this book we are working at bringing it into our lives, and what a difference it makes. Even though it can at times be awkward as we are learning this new skill – it never ceases to bring a smile to my face when my husband ‘acknowledges’ something I do!

  2. Praise is overrated Mattison and Jonathan blew me away with their approach to motivation – acknowledgement. Praise is the drug we continue to use and fail to notice that it doesn’t work; it’s addictivate but it doesn’t motivate. It’s a myth that’s never been busted, until now. I had the distinct pleasure of reading an advanced copy of THE MOTIVATION MYTH. Like learning any new pattern, it’s a bit uncomfortable at first to acknowledge rather than praise, but the results are measurably amazing. Whether you’re a parent, a business leader, a little league coach or someone who wants to improve their relationships, THE MOTIVATION MYTH is a guiding light that shines like a beacon. I wonder how soon you’ll wean yourself off of praise and motivation and begin to acknowledge all whom you meet.

    John R. Meade

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