Developing Self-Motivated People - Interactive
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Developing Self-Motivated People - Interactive

Seven Dimensions,Chef Siu
Updated May 12, 2020

Kylie Bell tells Eve Ash that beyond Maslow’s traditional Hierarchy of Needs, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan originated Self Determination Theory (SDT). Ryan and Deci say people have three needs (nutriments) that should be met at the same time in order to be fully motivated and more productive. Kylie describes the three “nutriments” in self-motivation theory (SDT): relationships, competency and autonomy. Tap into each and you gain highly engaged, intrinsically motivated staff. These three needs, called nutriments, when working well lead to people cooperating better, improving their ability to solve problems, feeling more free, creative and more motivated.

Leaders need to ensure that positive relationships are encouraged so that trust builds as people work together. Leaders also need to let people know when they are doing a good job (competence) by setting goals, key performance indicators (KPIs) and performance reviews against which they can be measured. Above all, people’s initiative (autonomy) should be welcomed. Leaders need to allow people freedom to explore and make choices, even mistakes. They then should ascertain how levels of engagement with work have risen, through pre-tests and post-tests.

Key Learning Points

To gain motivated, engaged employees:

  • Understand physiological needs (Maslow’s Hierarchy)
  • Recognize Self-Determination Theory (SDT) nutriments: relationships, competency and autonomy
  • Understand the extrinsic (motivated by external rewards) and intrinsic (guided by inner purpose) ends of the motivation continuum
  • Work out where people sit on the extrinsic-intrinsic motivation continuum
  • Ascertain people’s internal purpose (intrinsic) and align to external outcomes and rewards (extrinsic)
  • Ensure autonomy and constructive feedback
  • Measure engagement levels through pre-tests and post-tests


This interactive course is designed to help managers and team leaders understand what motivates their people and how to create a motivated team. It is packed with useful strategies and insights.

This interactive course is one of the Insights and Strategies Series, featuring psychologist Eve Ash interviewing a range of experts and business leaders who share their experiences and practical strategies for achieving best practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Examine the Self-Determination Theory nutriments (needs) that must all be met – relationships competency and autonomy
  • Identify the extrinsic-intrinsic motivation continuum and how it can be applied to work
  • Examine internal purpose and align to external outcomes and rewards
  • Plan for autonomy and constructive feedback
  • Measure engagement levels through pre-tests and post-tests
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