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William Fisher

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Motivating Leaders

Dan Ariely makes the point that simply looking at someone's work motivates them to do more.

I believe we should be motivating leaders to do more. Consider a concept which would highlight the work of ordinary people who are making a impact. This concept involves creating short documentary style films which show the person's passion and the difference its making in the lives of others.

Over the past ten years I've met women/men who have started after-school programs, hold fundraisers and complete community service projects. Often times its not about the money raised or the project itself but about getting people in the community working together. Shouldn't we highlight the work of these people?

What would mean to a young woman who started an after-school program to have a film where she can express her passion in an interview which she can share with her friends.

What would it mean if online communities like TED helped share her film and pushed it into 100,000 views.

She'd have a renewed since of meaning in her work, right? We may see other people begin similar work across town. And across the country.

How else can we motivate leaders? What role does social media play?

..I look forward to reading your thoughts on this important matter as we celebrate July 4th.
thank you for reading.


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    Jul 4 2013: You might be interested in some of the work Yochai Benkler and others have done, like Dan Pink and Theresa Amabile- , on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. For work that has a lot of intrinsic motivation connected with it, offering extrinsic motivation/incentives can make people do less rather than more. I am not sure you want to lure people into service with images of the publicity they will get for doing it or that those who are committed to service will do more of it for the prospect of publicity.

    "Carrots" are more effective for tasks people do not feel intrinsically motivated to do, like things many people do at the workplace that can feel meaningless if they are not acknowledged or put to use.. Volunteers see the difference they make.

    Of course it is nice to show appreciation regardless.
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      Jul 4 2013: Yes Fritzie, appreciation. That's what I'm trying to get going.
      The millennium generation is a funny crowd. Recognition is a big part of their motivation. Meaning is another major component. Documenting their work as leaders gives them recognition for their impact that means something to others.

      Maybe they'll work until they get their film and then quit. I don't know. My heart is for the communities where people are not even trying. Maybe if they work until they get their film their kids and nieces and nephews will think they're idiots for stopping the work and pick it up in 5 years when they get to be old enough.

      Not sure the final outcome of it all. But I hear a lot of people talking about taking action. I didn't want to be one of them so I'm taking action.

      BTW-I got approval from TED to use their talk in my film.
      Here's a shorter version that was posted today. Would you help us share the film? We're at 300 views this morning!
      Thank you Fritzie
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        Jul 4 2013: I am glad you got approval. I did watch the previous version.

        Do you do the scripts or are you just kind of the commercial sponsor?

        I understand wanting to take action rather than only talking about action. I am almost comically committed myself to "doing" rather than only talking.
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          Jul 4 2013: The dialogue in the film is from actual conversations I've heard or had over the past year or so.

          I convinced my company to hire a filmmaker for marketing last year then I picked an activist who would help me go into communities to encourage leaders.

          Its a little rogue but that's my style. lol

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