Steven Gruyters

Presentation: Focus on the negative. How to motivate your project team by reducing negative interactions

Abstract: Our new Hybrid ways of working leave a lot of room for ambiguity, disconnects and otherwise frustrating experiences. In his book “Drive”, Dan Pink teaches that the keys to motivation are a sense of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

In this talk we will make the case that we should focus on REDUCING NEGATIVE interactions that diminish motivation over increasing positive interactions.

This novel, counterintuitive approach to motivating teams is grounded in the latest research on relationships and motivation.

Together we will investigate a number of practical cases. We will learn how to identify interactions that may be interpreted as negative, and how to design more inclusive interactions.

This timely and pragmatic talk will help you shift your thinking and give you a new toolset to motivate your project teams.

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership

Biography: Mr. Gruyters has been leading change and building high performing teams in traditional corporations for over 20 years. He learned early in his career that it is simply not enough to have the best ideas and brightest people. Steven is an engineer by training. Communication and people skills did not come natural to him. He became fascinated by finding better ways for himself and his teams. Now he guides other leaders on their journey.

Steven partners with people that are driven to put a dent in the universe, but do not consider themselves natural born leaders. He helps them unpack leadership, culture, and collaboration challenges, run experiments, and scale solutions with confidence.