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Motivation Beyond Sticks and Carrots

Motivation beyond sticks and carrots by Pia-Maria Thorén

Pia-Maria Thoren

May 21, 2019


The presentation will cover what Leaders and HR managers need to be aware of when adjusting Ways of Working to the new paradigm of employee driven organizations (self-management) and how to make people go in a certain direction without using formal power. In an agile organization it is more about making it possible for teams to self organize in an agile reality, unleashing human potential and optimizing for performance in a complex and agile world. You unleash human potential by knowing your employees deeply and taking time to understand what would make them go in the direction that you want them to go in, because THEY want to go in that direction.

Leadership practices needs to be adjusted to the new paradigm of employee-driven organisations and it will be more about creating prerequisites for innovation in infrastructure, culture, processes and systems, than providing strict rules & policies and ticking off compliance with the same.

Motivating employees becomes possible with less control, transparent visualization, trust and continuous improvement, together with a deep knowledge of what makes each and every employee tick.

  • Agile Leadership & HR – what is it?
  • Human theory X and Y
  • Self organizing teams for optimal performance and engagement
  • Motivation – how discovering inner motives can help you drive performance and create Psychological Safety
  • Agile performance, learning, recruitment and compensation – what is the difference from traditional HR processes?
  • Agile, learning and Psychological Safety – what do they have in common?

Pia-Maria Thorén

Pia-Maria Thorén

Founder and Board member @ Agile People

Pia-Maria is the author of Agile People - A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees), and the founder of Agile People. She specialize in Agile HR, Agile leadership and Motivation. She has worked as a consultant with many of Sweden's largest companies, helping them to implement HR processes and solutions, always spiced with an agile mindset. She is a People management consultant and devoted change agent with an enterprise perspective. Her main focus is to contribute to creating organizations where people perform better and feel engaged. Agile leadership and agile frameworks are the best ways to create successful change, in her opinion. Pia-Maria is the founder of Agile People, which is a network and a conference with the purpose of spreading the agile mindset in organizations. Her main drive is to see the movement from one state to another in a company, contributing by making that change successful both from a financial and human perspective. Her vision is to create customer value and have fun at the same time!

Special focus areas: Agile People (Agile HR AND Agile Leadership), Management 3.0, Performance management, Employee engagement & motivation, change management, workshop facilitation.

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