A Story About Motivation by Peter Bregman

Delance the chic watch makers twitted this article yesterday and I found a read that made my day.

The article was written by Peter Bregman for the Harvard Business Review. Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc. a global management consulting firm and his focus is on leadership. This article was on motivation.

He told the story of how he and four others stopped in the pouring rain of New York City, to help a man with a disability board the special bus. The driver of the bus, who was paid to help, sat in the bus and watched as the five of them struggled to help the man unto the bus. He was not prepared to go the extra mile.

He goes on to examine the motivation that drives people to go the extra mile. He wrote:

People tend to think of themselves as stories. When you interact with someone, you’re playing a role in her story. And whatever you do, or whatever she does, or whatever you want her to do, needs to fit into that story in some satisfying way.

The article made me think and I started to ask questions of myself about my own personal story. It also made me want to ask all those who read this:

  • what story are you telling people?
  • Is that the story you really want to tell them?
  • How can you make sure that the story people read is what you want to tell?

Read the article here. It is fast paced and I was at the end before I even realised it.


One thought on “A Story About Motivation by Peter Bregman

  1. Thank you for sharing such a useful and insightful lesson.

    Being that this blog site is for the spiritual minded:

    An interesting contemplative meditation arises from the story.

    Based on examining everything you can, ask yourself, “What story is the Creator trying to tell us about Himself?”

    Then follow up with, “How to I fit into His Story in a satisfying way?


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