Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

Welcome to the top-rated
Making Positive Psychology Work podcast.

Subscribe now to access interviews with the world’s leading
positive psychology researchers and practitioners plus free cheat
sheets to make their insights easy to apply in workplaces.

Podcast with Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan on Can You Improve Motivation?

Today’s Guest:

Richard Ryan is a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology in Education at the Australian Catholic University. He is also a research professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. Rich is a clinical psychologist and co-developer of self-determination theory, one of the leading theories of human motivation. With over 300 papers and books in the areas of human motivation and personality and psychological well-being, he is among the most cited and influential researchers in psychology and social sciences.

In this conversation, Rich discusses how we can motivate ourselves and others at work and what we can do practically to cultivate autonomy, competence and relatedness.  He also explains the motivational pull of games and shares how elements within games can be used to improve wellbeing.

Connect with Rich Ryan:
Rich’s Website

Get Your Free "Making It Work" Cheatsheet

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:53] – Many organizations still struggle with motivating individuals to do their best work. Rich shares his findings in what actually works.
  • [02:41] – Rich explains why many organizations struggle with implementing strategies based on his findings.
  • [03:54] – Rich shares some of the factors his research finds are important for leaders to be able to enable in team members.
  • [05:10] – Rich explains why there are fundamental needs for flourishing.
  • [06:39] – Rich describes how neuropsychology is adding to his understanding of what motivates us.
  • [08:03] – Rich shares some outcomes leaders can expect if they make these changes.
  • [09:47] – Rich talks about how to teach leaders to be more autonomy supportive of their employees.
  • [12:00] – Rich talks about how to balance incentives without undermining motivation.
  • [14:01] – Rich explains the motivational pull of games and how they can be utilized in workplaces.
  • [18:04] – Rich talks about new health programs that use incentives to encourage behavior changes.
  • [20:19] – Rich talks about the importance of change in the process.
  • [21:26] – The Lightning Round with Rich Ryan

Your Resources:

Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness – Richard Ryan and Edward Deci
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel Pink
Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw Us In and Hold Us Spellbound – Scott Rigby and Richard Ryan
7 Minute Workout
Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation – Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Special thanks to Rich for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!