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Optimal Motivation

Optimal Motivation® is based on the new science of motivation and makes the bold claim that motivation is a skill that can be learned, developed, and taught. 


People have a natural desire to grow, develop, and do meaningful work. When a work environment does not support these needs, individuals can become disengaged and de-motivated. A lack of motivation can play out in many forms including lost productivity, high absenteeism, employee turnover and high accident rates.


Program Benefits
  • Create greater employee engagement

  • Increase productivity and innovation through a more engaged workforce

  • Retain employees who readily endorse the organization’s efforts


  • Individuals interested in learning the skill of activating Optimal Motivation to achieve and sustain high performance

  • Results-oriented managers and executives interested in best practices to facilitate people’s positive energy, vitality, and sense of well-being

  • Executives, senior-level managers, mid-level managers, or supervisors who need cutting edge strategies for tapping people’s potential

  • Human Resource professionals interested in creating workplaces where people achieve goals, sustain high performance, AND flourish

Disengaged employees cost organizations billions of dollars every year. Unfortunately, many executives responsible for measuring and improving engagement have no idea how individuals become disengaged in the first place. The key to engagement is the quality of an individual’s day-to-day motivation.

Optimal Motivation shifts the paradigm of motivation, helping participants understand that people are always motivated and that it is the quality of their motivation that matters most.

This flexible program is available in a one-day or 1½-day format for managers and individuals. Participants are equipped with skills and tools to help them use what they learned during the session, for themselves and with others, once they’re back on the job.


The one-day session focuses on the following learning outcomes:

• Identify and distinguish the six Motivational Outlooks in the Spectrum of Motivation

• Understand how the qualities of autonomy, relatedness, and competence impact a person’s sense of well-being, energy, and vitality

• Gain three skills for activating Optimal Motivation: identify a current motivational outlook, shift to or maintain an optimal motivational outlook, and reflect on the shift

• Learn how to apply the three skills to activate Optimal Motivation with others

A business case for Optimal Motivation

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