How to Use Motivation and Self-Regulation in Learning

Let’s face it: Not everyone wants to learn. However, for leaders to be effective their teams must be growing and learning.

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Recently I read Marcy Driscoll’s book, The Psychology of Learning for Instruction. This book helped me see how to use motivation and self-regulation as a way to motivate people to learn. Here’s three things I learned from the book.


Motivate, Don’t Manipulate

Manipulation is almost a dirty word in America. No one wants to feel manipulated to do anything, which is why when you lead people you cannot use manipulation as a way to get them to do work. In this post I will share why it is important to motivate people to do work instead of manipulating them.

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Here’s a few questions to orient us what manipulation is and how it affects us: