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Stop Trying to Motivate Your People

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V 9:3  Oct 2, 2014
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BK Communiqué

A Very Important Update
We have moved! We are now in Oakland. The new address is

Berrett-Koehler Publishers

1333 Broadway, Suite 1000

Oakland, CA 94612


Phone: 510-817-2277

Fax: 510-817-2278 (who even uses these anymore except despots?)

Why Read It? Top consultant, trainer, and coach Susan Fowler says stop trying to motivate people! It's frustrating for everyone involved, and it just doesn't work. You can't motivate people -- they are already motivated but generally in superficial and short-term ways. Applying recent psychological discoveries, Susan lays out a tested course of action that will help leaders guide their people toward the kinds of motivation that not only increase productivity and engagement but also give them a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Be sure to register for Susan's free webinar on October 7th where she talks about how motivation works and how you should stop beating your people with carrots. Register now!


Read a free excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off  here. ______________________________________ 
For academic desk copies, please contact Mike Crowley.

For media review copies, please contact Katie Sheehan.
Publishing News
Motivate by Not Motivating    

In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore how traditional ways of motivating people just don't work -- and what does work instead.

But don't we already know how to motivate people? Apparently not. Susan Fowler presents Five Popular Methods of Motivation That Just Don't Work.
Other News    

+ Amazon is indicating Hachette titles as out of stock or on pre-order except for a book by one particular Hachette author.

+ Some big-name authors are also getting on Amazon's case about e-book pricing.

+ Not surprisingly, some people had a sharp and negative reaction to the new "Hipster Hitler" book.

+ Publishers are always going on about the mistakes authors can make, but what about publishers themselves? Well, here are 29 mistakes we can (and often do) make.

+ A journalist for PBS writes about the rise and fall of female editors.

+ Jeff Bezos hosted a retreat for writers in Sante Fe and most likely you weren't invited.

+ How did Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century become such a huge bestseller? Let's ask some economists that question, shall we?

+ In the UK, Amazon is sponsoring the new season of Downton Abbey, which prompted one particular anarchist site to ask whether you would prefer to work at Downton Abbey or an Amazon warehouse.

+ Apparently the Queen is not amused at the recent rush of tell-all books by former royal staff.


+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller:  A Spy Among Friends, by Ben MacIntyre. Read the excerpt here.

+ Free Tools: Discover eight common social media mistakes to avoid here.

+ Free Resources: Get the best list of where to download free e-books here.
A Quick Tour of the New Digs
We're still unpacking and all but we thought you'd like to see our new offices in Oakland, so here's a short 5-minute video tour of the place.

Stay tuned for an announcement about our upcoming open house.
Marginally Unethical Life Hacks
Some things are ethical; some things are not. And then there are those things that help you get ahead that are technically not unethical but, well --.
Which BK Book Is This?
So which well-known BK book is this a foreign edition of?

Well, it's a Slovenian edition of one of our bestsellers titled Jaz Sem Premaknil Tvoj Sir, and there seems to be a maze  and some cheese -- and you probably already have guessed this book if you're a BK fan.

If you're still stumped, this is the original BK book.
On the Subject of Motivating Change
Some people motivate change in the workplace, others do it on a national level. In The American Revolution of 1800, author Dan Sisson and Thom Hartmann provide a definitive window into key concepts that have formed the backdrop of our democracy: the nature of revolution, stewardship of power, liberty, and the ever-present danger of factions and tyranny.


Most contemporary historians celebrate Jefferson's victory over Adams in 1800 as the beginning of the two-party system, but Jefferson saw his election as a peaceful revolution by the American people who were overturning an elitist faction that was stamping out cherished constitutional rights and trying to transform our young democracy into an authoritarian state. If anything, our current two-party system is a repudiation of Jefferson's view of revolution and his earnest desire that the people as a whole, not any faction or clique, would triumph in government.


Read an excerpt here and buy the book here.

Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of Intrinsic Motivation at Work, by Ken Thomas, here.
This offer is available exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on October 3, 2014, you're going to have to plunk down $26.95 like everyone else. Go now.
We Recommend
Need to motivate yourself? To get yourself going, why not read through these top 100 inspirational quotes as compiled by Forbes magazine?
End Notes


Last time, I issued this challenge, and no one could guess correctly what the intentional error was that has been made on every newsletter --  but that didn't stop Eric Carlson from sending a snarky response. Congratulations, Eric, I like snark, and so you win even though you didn't guess correctly. The answer to the challenge can be found here.
Your next challenge can be found here.
Email me with any comments or rants. And on a completely unrelated note, here are some overly dramatic road signs

Oh, and here is your biweekly dose of random.

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