July 14, 2021
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Registration is now open for this program, which will take place on Friday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m. The Institute is offering this program at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Gannett Foundation.
Advice from Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago and Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership, shares the most common ways that managers can mess up difficult conversations.
Great managers don’t provide motivation. They help people motivate themselves. And it takes more than a simple reward and punishment approach. 

Competence is an intrinsic motivator. It feels good to do things we know we do well, so people gravitate toward their strengths. Bosses can fuel this with feedback that reinforces what their team members are doing well and why, and by making assignments that play to their strengths. 

Progress is an intrinsic motivator. That’s why “stretch” assignments can be great motivational tools when presented properly by managers. 

Autonomy — a sense of control and independence — fuels intrinsic motivation. That’s why great bosses don’t micromanage. They know how to convey their expectations and give people maximum latitude on how to reach those goals.

Help your team succeed by sparking their intrinsic motivation, so no one has to fear a day at work. 

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Journalism takes us places we might not otherwise see, leads us to people we might not otherwise meet, and prompts us to capture experiences we might not otherwise document. And journalists often carry those stories with them long after they are published. Whether you travel across the country or across the street for work, “You Are Here” is here for you. This virtual meetup is for journalists to explore where their personal and professional lives intersect.

"You Are Here" is a new series of community conversations designed as a safe space for journalists to meet virtually and explore topics that family and friends who aren’t in the field may not quite understand. Come as you are — from wherever you are — for camaraderie, clarity, and connection with fellow journalists. 

The first gathering will be Friday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m. The topic will be, “What has journalism cost you?” Journalism may have cost you relationships, your emotional wellbeing, your safety or financial stability. Join us to connect with others whose lives and work have intersected in similar ways.

Among the topics we’ll cover this year are: 
  • What’s bringing you joy in journalism right now? (Sept. 10)
  • How do I know when it’s time to go? (Oct. 1)

Meetings will be from 11:30 to noon the first Friday of each month, hosted and facilitated by the National Press Club Journalism Institute staff with a guest navigator joining some meetings. Please click here to register.
This newsletter is written & edited by the National Press Club Journalism Institute staff: Beth Francesco, Holly Butcher Grant and Julie Moos. Send us your questions and suggestions for topics to cover.

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