Brookings Executive Education

Program Series

Motivating People

How do you keep your workforce motivated, especially in an era of austerity? How do you achieve your organization’s objectives with workforce reductions looming? And how can you help your organization cope with the stress of increased workloads and fewer resources?

Developed with the current environment in mind, this course helps you identify sources of motivation and strategies to maximize them, helping you tap into inspiration generated by the noble calling to public service.

This course is part of the Executive Pathways series and is required for the Master of Science in Leadership. MS–Leadership course credit for Motivating People can be earned via Executive Leadership for America.

Tuition: $1,895 

Location: Washington, D.C.

OPM Competency: Public Service Motivation

About the instructor: Jeffery A. Thompson

Jeff Thompson is an associate professor at Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute of Public Management, where he teaches organizational behavior courses in the MPA program and business ethics courses in the MBA program. He holds a B.A. in Japanese, and an MBA from Brigham Young University. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior, with an emphasis in ethics, at the University of Minnesota in 1999.

Jeff’s research, published in top management journals, focuses on meaningful work and the pursuit of a professional “calling.” He also publishes research on organizational ethics. He is a frequent speaker on these topics.

Jeff leads his MPA students on an annual field study trip to Ghana. In his spare time, he enjoys racquetball, attends (and sometimes participates in) theatre, and spends time with his wife and four children, ages 9 to 19.