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Motivation & Leadership

  • The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Dan Pink)
    • Explores the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.
    • Provides a compelling case for the role of AUTONOMY, MASTERY AND PURPOSE.
    • Illustrates the counter-intuitive relationship between incentives and performance.

  • The Motivation Wave (BJ Fog)
    • Challenges 'improving motivation' as a strategy for behaviour change and productivity improvement.
    • Proposes 'surfing the motivation wave' as a simpler and more impactful alternative.
    • Complements David Allen's work on Getting Things Done

  • Greatness (David Marquet)
    • Brings to life how moving the locus of decision making to where work is happening can transform culture, motivation and performance.
    • Contains pointers on the role of leadership and how changes in language (e.g. from asking permission to stating an intent to act) can help to hardwire new ways of thinking and working.

  • Locating Yourself (Conscious Leadership Group)
    • Explores the psychology of work by providing a simple but powerful way to think about how we approach issues, opportunities and each other.
    • Relevant to anyone - not just those in leadership roles - and useful for those interested in psychological safety at work.

  • The Power of Believing You Can Improve (Carol Dweck)
    • A glimpse into the counter-intuitive psychology of motivation.
    • Raises important questions about whether, when and how to offer feedback.
    • Challenges the conventions of trying to motivate and manage through results.

  • The Power of Vulnerability (Brene Brown)
    • Be vulnerable enough to watch the video without knowing more about it.
    • It's powerful and worth it.
    • So are you.

  • The Case For Fellowship (Andy Brogan)
    • An interactive seminar describing how to shift the role of leadership:
      • FROM creating followership.
      • TO supporting fellowship.
    • Explores the impact of this shift on responsibility, initative taking and collaboration.
    • Useful for those exploring self-management and ways of working that offer increased autonomy.

Learning & Change

  • Austin's Butterfly (Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School)
    • Demonstrates the power of learning by iterating.
    • Provides insights on how to give feedback and the non-linear nature of learning and improvement.
    • Useful for exploring the relationship between productivity and quality.
    • Also useful for exploring Agile ideas like Minimum Viable Product.

  • The Backwards Brain Bicycle (Smarter Every Day)
    • A practical experiment that provides insight about the nature of learning and unlearning.
    • Brings to life how cognitive biases frame what we consider possible and how norms and conventions shape this too.
    • Useful for stimulating discussion about what might really constitute the art of the possible.

  • Why Facts Don't Convince People (Alex Cequea - Social Good Now)
    • A simple and fun way into why rational argument and evidence often:
      • DON'T win hearts.
      • DON'T shift minds.
      • DON'T change behviour.
      • DO polarise and entrench existing positions.
    • With 2 tips on what you can do about this too!

  • Selective Attention Test (Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris)
    • A quick, fun and easy way to demonstrate that how we understand, interpret, experience and even percieve what's happening around us can be profoundly affected by things such as:
      • our environment.
      • our values.
      • our beliefs.
      • our expectations.
      • etc.

Systems & Complexity

  • Ackhoff's Automotive (Russell Ackhoff)
    • A very short video that illustrates the difference between seeing parts and understanding wholes.
    • Useful for exploring:
      • differences between analysis and synthesis.
      • problems of silo thinking.
      • limitations of planning and objective setting.
      • the "paradox of the faulty test" and its implications for understanding and managing performance.

  • A Systems Story (BEE Environmental Communication)
    • A short introduction to key systems concepts.
    • Introduces simple principles that can guide systemic approaches to complex problems.
    • Takes concepts that have traditionally been explained in scientifc/engineering terms and reformulates them without jargon and while promoting the human(e).
    • Useful for engaging audiences that may find scientifc/engineering language off-putting.

  • How Wolves Change Rivers (Sustainable Human with George Monbiot)
    • A compelling account of how complex systems defy prediction.
    • Useful for:
      • exploring the limitations of planning.
      • challenging conventional approaches to change and performance management.
      • encouraging experimentation, positive risk taking and testing of assumptions.

Culture & Agency

  • How to Make Hard Choices (Ruth Chang)
    • Profound insights on the role of agency, identity and values in decision making.
    • Useful for exploring the limitations of quantitative data in evaluating and making decisions.
    • Helpful in opening up cultural conversations about ‘who we want to be’ not just ‘what we want to do’.

  • Live to Learn (Tim Minchin)
    • 9 lessons for life that are amusing and instructive.
    • Useful for prompting discussion/reflection about the relationship between individual agency and culture.

  • The Locus Rule (Improvement Pill)
    • A simple starting point for exploring the role of personal agency in motivation and success.
    • Useful for exploring the relationship between agency and environment.
    • Can help bring into focus the role of coaching, feedback and reflective practice.

  • The Happy Secret to Better Work (Shawn Achor)
    • Strap yourself in for a frantic, fast talking and funny introduction to why our conventional ways of thinking about productivity and performance have our motivations backwards.
    • Outlines some surprisingly simple steps you can take to rewire your thinking habits to become happier and more effective.

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