When I initially read a review of Ayelet Fishbach's new book, "Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation," I was skeptical. Does anyone really need another book on motivating others?
However, it doesn't take long after digging into this book to discover that she's presenting research -- both her own and other studies -- in a well-organized, thoughtful manner that unveils useful insights that can be implemented immediately by anyone who manages a team.
In our discussion, Fishbach, who teaches at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, talks about why goals need to be different than chores; the importance of self-selected goals; how inexperienced and experienced (expert) workers take negative feedback differently; and what she thinks about the increased movement to help others find purpose in their work.
You can start with this interview and her book, but Fishbach offers a treasure trove of other insights about effectively managing others on her website. Poke around a bit and I'm confident you'll be a better manager for it.