Improve collaboration by understanding what motivates you and others

The frustration and problems caused by friction and misunderstandings in work relationships drain efficiency. To collaborate more impactfully and enjoyably with others, individuals must better understand themselves to bring their best skills and talents to their work.

Through Essential Motivators™, learners can identify their core psychological needs, values, talents, and behaviors to understand themselves and others better.

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With Essential Motivators, people become more comfortable with themselves and more collaborative and influential with others by applying four patterns - Air, Earth, Fire, and Water.

Learners are guided through self-discovery to identify their Essential Motivators pattern. In this process, they:

  • You can discover their superpower by discovering who they are at their core and what makes them unique
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their core needs.
  • Accept others for who they are and what they need
  • Resolve conflicts, improve communication, and work more effectively with others

Delivery Options to Meet Your Needs

Essential Motivators can be delivered as virtual sessions, as part of a learning journey, or in a self-directed online or moderated online version, so your learners can identify their core needs wherever they are and whenever they have time.

This design is a six-week online learning journey with weekly 60-minute live virtual sessions that include interactive discussions and breakout sessions. The course is a rich, easy-to-understand theory of temperament that will help participants better understand themselves and others and learn to value and appreciate different perspectives. This design provides key concepts, models, discussion questions, practice, and application over a six-week multifaceted learning experience.

Week 1: Getting Started - Discover the nature of the Essential Motivators patterns and how we express them through our core needs, values, talents, and behaviors.

Week 2: Understanding Self - Learn about the four Essential Motivators patterns: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.

Week 3: Clarifying the Patterns - Explore the patterns further through the dimensions of language, roles, and attention.

Week 4: Stressors and Stereotypes - Discover how stress manifests for each pattern and how to reduce stress in oneself and others. Explore the stereotype side of each pattern that can influence the perception of others.

Week 5: Understanding Others - Discover how people's shadow pattern—the pattern least like themselves—can affect how they react to others. Identify others within each of the four patterns.

Week 6: Putting It into Practice - Shift perspective and accept others for who they are and what they need, even if they are different from oneself.


You can meet the needs of your employees by understanding their motivators

It has been reported that employees who feel their needs have been met report a 30% greater capacity for focus, a nearly 50% higher level of engagement, and a 63% greater likelihood of staying at a company.

Understand Different Perspectives To Fuel Deeper Collaboration

Linda Berens, who has over forty years of experience in teaching people to recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together more effectively, developed the Essential Motivators framework.


Enhance effectiveness

Learning to identify others' core needs and working collaboratively and synergistically increases organizational effectiveness.


Engage employees better

Educate people about how their core needs affect motivation, career satisfaction, communication, and problem-solving.


Empathy Booster

Changes perspectives and allows people to accept others for who they are, which increases appreciation for diversity and inclusion.


Deepen Collaboration

Builds empathy and trust by strengthening relationships and understanding each other's perspectives.

Are you ready to get started?

Contact us today to learn how we can help your leaders become more effective communicators through Essential Motivators.

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