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The Big Book of Motivation Games Paperback – June 13, 2001
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From the Back Cover
Behind these motivation boosting gamesthe experience and creativity of one of the world's leading experts on behavior!
Did you know that...
- Disorganization is one of life's major sources of stressand motivation killers?
- Anonymity is one of the greatest factors in motivating uninhibited creativity?
- Will power is poor tool for achieving motivation skill power is a much more effective approach!
For managers, leaders, and individuals seeking to motivate their teamsor themselveshere is a light-hearted book of games that are based on rigorous behavioral research, not just hype. Written by Dr. Robert Epstein, editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine and a Harvard-trained psychologist, this collection includes dozens of fast, simple games and exercises, as well as two unique tests that you can use to measure your "motivation competencies" and select the games you need the most. The energy-enhancing games help participants to:
- Jump-start personal as well as team motivation
- Use color to boost moodand energy
- Create a motivational environment
- Fight boredom and burnout
- Boost performance
- Overcome failure
- Stop procrastination
- And much more!
About the Author
Dr. Robert Epstein is Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today, host of the magazine's nationally-syndicated radio show, and University Research Professor at United States International University. Dr. Epstein holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and his research has been reported in Time, The New York Times, and Discover. His popular articles have appeared in The Washington Post and Reader's Digest.
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About this one - there is a nice short presentation of motivation and a useful interpretation of it as a set of skills. You can make some training exercises for those skills. But not with this book. After the intro, the games are almost useless. Evidently Dr. Epstein is not a trainer - he doesn't have our approach to make an experience out of an idea/theory. He just mechanistically turned some ideas into short (really short) activities, most of them verbal or mental, without much interaction or immersion. The ideas themselves are not astounding or attitude-shifting - they are good old wise ideas about motivation that everybody knows but forgets to use. I also don't think these ideas grow out of a wide base of psychological research and knowledge. It's mainly from Behaviorism, and a tiny vein of it.
So, the book might be good for self-monitoring. For training - well - depending on your own experience and current problem, you can come up with a few ideas reading the book. But all in all, it is not worth the money (not the time, because you can read it in an hour).