VIDEO BOOK REVIEW: The Motivation Code by Todd Henry

About The Motivation Code (from Amazon):

What drives us to unleash our best work? And how do we tap into that drive to get superior results with our managers, coworkers, and direct reports? As Todd Henry reveals in this illuminating book, drawing on decades of research and interviews with over 100,000 people, the answer is not one size fits all: some people are energized by a race against the clock, while others put in extra effort only when they feel part of a team. For still others, nothing is as motivating as the possibility of public recognition.

Henry shows, in fact, that there are twenty-seven “motivational themes”, each with its own unique DNA. For instance:

  • Those driven to Achieve Potential strive to build an ideal future, even when others may not see as far ahead. 
  • Those needing to Overcome must conquer whatever obstacles come their way, no matter how difficult or time-consuming.
  • Those who strive to Comprehend and Express are obsessed with mastering new skills and showing off what they know–which is often a lot.
  • Those who want to Make It Right thrive when systems are running smoothly and usually know the “proper way” to do things.

The Motivation Code teaches us to decode our Core Motivation so that we can have conversations, make decisions, and even choose career paths that lead us to experience engagement and fulfillment. Once we know how to activate our inner drivers, we can transform the work we do into work we love.

My Video Book Review:



Welcome to another video book review. This week we were looking at The Motivation Code by Todd Henry. There are also three other authors, Rod Penner, Todd W Hall and Joshua Miller.

So I loved this book. It’s definitely one of my favorites for the year so far. At the beginning of the book, they’ll have you take the motivation assessment which you can take for free.

So it takes about a half hour, maybe plan on like an hour depending on how easy it is for you to come up with…you have to come up with some scenarios, some accomplishments, and then kind of type those up. It’s easy, but it does take a little bit of time.

So you get the free, it’s a free version will give you your top three motivations out of a list of 27. And then you can, you have the option of purchasing the full report for, I think it’s 49. I highly recommend doing that because it’s, it’s really insightful.

So for me my third, so I had, you know, my top three motivations and my third one, actually, there was like five that tied for third place, which I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t purchased the full report.

So I think it was like four or five that tied for third place. So then I understood that there was actually, you know, my top few, there was actually quite a few in there. The book then goes through, like after the first chapter or two, it starts going through each of the motivate, the 27 motivations in detail.

When I first started reading it, I was thinking like, oh, this is going to get really boring to read all of these different motivation styles, but really because I purchased the full report and I learned that it wasn’t just the top three for me, that there was, there was actually quite a few that fit kind of in my top 10, was a lot of those 27 that I, that resonated with me, that, you know, really you know, just learn, helped me learn more about myself. And then, you know, there’s maybe just a couple out of all 27 that I was like, nope, that is totally not me. But you know, I could, I could pick up things, you know, about myself from most of them. And then really, really did with my top two or three, I was like, underlining like crazy in, in those. But then you know, like I said, I got a lot from the others as well.

The book helped open my eyes to things about myself that I hadn’t gotten from other assessment tools. So I’ve done the DiSC Assessment, Kolbe, StrengthsFinder, probably others, but this one, this to me just helped me understand more about myself than those. You know, just kind of in a different way.

I even had my team take the assessment so that I could help, you know, so that I could understand more about them and what motivates them to do the work that they do so well. So I, you know, I think it will help me manage them better.

And I just really got a lot out of this book. And so I highly recommend it. If you enjoy learning about yourself, learning about, you know, your work style and just, you know, how to do what you do better. I think this book is definitely a must read for you.

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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