How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague?

How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague?

Restore motivation to unmotivated teaching colleagues

It’s common for college and university staff to complain about unmotivated students.

But what do you do when the problem is created by the professor?

Find out in How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor.

Action is essential when coworkers disengage from their responsibilities and your campus community. The session will show you how to reach out and help restore the vibrant interaction needed to promote excellence in higher education.

Learning Goals

Combining their expertise and experience, the program presenters will show you how understanding what causes a drop in motivation will determine how you deal with the problem.

After participating in this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Appraise the underlying causes of a lack of motivation
  • Recognize when a colleague’s issues should be handled by Human Resources or professional counseling
  • Formulate incentives to effectively match an individual’s values

You’ll learn how to develop interventions based on what matters to your detached colleague, and you’ll come away with specific techniques you can use to help colleagues become more engaged and focused.

Topics Covered

Motivation is indispensable in higher education, for students and faculty alike. It may be hard to define, but you know it when you see the fire go out. In this Magna 20 Minute Mentor, you’ll learn how important it is to understand why that light is fading and what you can do to bring it back.

By focusing on one specific personnel challenge, this presentation makes sure that you come away with a better understanding of how to support a disconnected colleague.

You’ll also receive sample documents, checklists, guidelines, and lists of recommended resources to help you see how these issues apply in your situation.

How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague? will show you how to find the intersection between your needs and what your disengaged co-worker still values. You’ll learn:

  • The different sources of dissatisfaction which can erode motivation
  • Strategies for simplifying difficult conversations
  • Six practices to ward off boredom
  • Eight energizing ways to provide colleagues with the recognition they need
  • What the “feedback gap” is, and how it applies in higher education
  • The role teaching circles can play in improving research, scholarship, service learning, and leadership


Colleges and universities today are extremely complicated institutions, housing more residents than a property management company, maintaining more high-tech equipment than a computer supply store, and serving more meals than most restaurants.

And then there’s the education part …

If your job is to keep all these elements working together, How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague? is for you.

Designed for academic administrators, this program is also helpful for those working in:

  • Human Resources
  • Teaching Centers
  • Continuing Education
  • Institutional Research and Planning


Take advantage of a professional development opportunity that will help you help others by ordering How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague? today!

Product Code: OM13AA