what motivates action…

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The latest post called “Creating a Productive and Happy Workplace” reminds us that people are motivated to act a certain way for a number of reasons, which we don’t always understand.  Certainly weekly, and probably daily, I wonder why people do what they do.  When that lack of understanding leads to frustration, it is time to take a step back and remember that even if we don’t know the motivating factor, looking at it from a point of empathy is a better approach.  And if we do jump to conclusions and get frustrated, applying empathy not only with others, but with ourselves, is also really important to maintaining balance so we can more quickly step back in and engage.

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