I wanted to share one of my favorite stories from one of our lead coaches, Tabitha Danloe. Tabitha's dog, Scooby, used to be extremely hard to walk. He is a very strong pup and loves to chase critters like crazy while on his leash. This behavior pulled Tabitha all over the place. She almost gave up walking him because it was so frustrating and potentially dangerous.
One day, Tabitha learned that there are three primary motivators for dogs. They are either motivated by food, praise, or prey. It turned out that Scooby is prey motivated. So while he is walking, he wants to chase everything he sees as prey. However, if you give a prey motivated dog a toy to hold in their mouth while they walk, they feel satiated, and the desire to chase is gone. This toy technique did the trick, and now she happily can walk Scooby without him chasing everything!
People and their motivators are more complex! In coaching, learning your clients underlying motivations can be a true game changer. Today's resource offers a new perspective on motivation in the workplace from the inspiring and impactful Simon Sinek. And if you're feeling motivated to create change, our Institute is offering several coach training opportunities this summer.
How to Motivate the Unmotivated
by: Simon Sinek
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By Laurel Elders, PCC
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