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New book explores motivating a diverse workforce

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Are Millennials lazy, entitled narcissists who crave recognition, demand attention and refuse to be managed? Is this generation different from any other?

That question and others will be on the agenda as Ian MacRae discusses his new book, Motivation and Performance: A Guide to Motivating a Diverse Workforce, co-authored with Adrian Furnham, at Okanagan College’s Trades Training Complex Atrium on Wednesday, March 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

MacRae will address whether there is any research to support the myths and stereotypes about millennials. 

“It would be wildly inappropriate to have similar guides for other stereotypes, such as Leadership for Lithuanians, Business Strategies for Blondes or HR for Homosexuals” he says. “Myths about generational differences are an easy target, mostly because the scientific evidence lends little support to theories of generational differences.” 

For MacRae, it isn’t age that explains why two equally qualified, knowledgeable and capable employees in the same position might behave in very different ways ­– it is their motivation.

Motivation and Performance delves into the science behind motivation and provides a practical guide for organizations to find and develop and individual's potential based on an understanding of what drives their behaviour.

Roberta Sawatzky, Okanagan College School of Business professor, utilizes MacRae’s case studies in her courses and sees the value his new publication will have for students and industry professionals.

“Motivation and Performance is an excellent balance between theory and practice,” says Sawatzky. “The suggestions in the book reinforce the principles we teach in our leadership, organizational behavior and HR management courses at the College, and any business professional would benefit from the very practical examples and step-by-step processes provided throughout.”
 
The book launch is being sponsored by the Okanagan College Alumni Association and Sage Transitions. To attend and for your chance to win one of three copies of Motivation and Performance, register for the presentation at motivationandperformance.eventbrite.ca.