Achieving Motivational Balance:

An Investigation

Recall a time when you were more motivated than ever. What did that feel like? Why do you think you were so motivated? Is there a way to experience that level of motivation more often? Can you inspire others to achieve such strong motivation?

Join Lonnie Barone in a fascinating investigation of motivation, its meaning and it place in our lives. Using illustrations from your own experience and those of highly motivated people, you will encounter the elements of motivational balance, the achievement of optimal levels of energy and focus.

You will explore the three motivational connectors — purpose, growth, and ownership — to envision a life resonant with meaning and direction. From the small tasks to the major projects, you will learn how to avoid the “unbalanced” states that can lead to apathy, boredom, and frustration.

You will examine what it means to be in control while moving to the edges of your competence, and you will discover how the most serious thing you do can also be the most fun. It’s all wrapped up in the authentic understanding of human motivation, an understanding anyone can access and utilize.

As a leader, you will apply these insights to your work with those whom you wish to inspire and energize. Explore the ways great leaders help others achieve motivational balance, the ways great teams operate to accomplish great things.

Lonnie has consulted and coached individuals and teams seeking increased motivation and satisfaction in work and life. He combines solid research with decades of experience helping top tier managers, high level influencers, and students serious about discovering what motivates, what de-motivates, and what you can do about it.

This program is designed to help you accomplish these objectives:

  • You will learn what Motivational Balance is, what it feels like.
  • You will explore the major myths about motivation
  • You will understand the elements of commitment: time, energy, focus
  • You will break motivation down into the Six Motivational Senses: Purpose, Interest, Growth, Challenge, Ownership, and Choice
  • You will assess your own motivational balance at your job
  • You will use that assessment to plan the steps you will take to Achieve Motivational balance and inspire others to do the same

This workshop is free to all Wharton undergraduate students. Applications to attend the Workshop will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please email Amanda Zimmerman.

  • Date: TBD
  • Times: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Facilitator: Lonnie Barone, President of Barone Associates

Lonnie Barone

President of Barone Associates, which he founded in 1989, Lonnie Barone is an executive coach at The Wharton School, where he has also instructed undergraduates in interpersonal effectiveness and leadership. He is a graduate instructor in business communication skills at Temple’s Fox School, and he presents on credibility, negotiation and conflict resolution; he conducts the Emerging Leaders Program in Negotiation at the Harvard School of Public Health. Lonnie co-wrote the best-selling text book on the effective use of voice and gesture, Your Voice Is Your Business, now in its 2nd edition (2016). His college text, Counseling and Interviewing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: A Therapy Resource, is in wide use since Jones and Bartlett published it in 2016. Lonnie received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Villanova University and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.