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Leading, Motivating and Engaging People: Introduction to the Seven-Step INSPIRE Model

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Alliant International University
Published 01/08/2020
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A recent estimate indicated that adults spend a significant proportion of their lives working – about 90,000 hours. Consequently, questions about how to motivate people and ensure peak performance at work are critical for managers.  

Dr. Pearl Hilliard (a seasoned Organization Development consultant and coach) and Dr. Denise Lopez (a Professor in Organizational Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University) recently completed their book, “Lead, Motivate, Engage: How to INSPIRE Your Team to Win at Work.” Shortly after publication in the summer of 2019, it became a # 1 new release on Amazon. This leadership book focuses on employee engagement, which is characterized by “enthusiasm, inspiration and positive energy, psychological empowerment, and the sense of being fully connected with one’s work and other people.” Focusing on employee engagement is particularly important in the workplace because it correlates with multiple indicators of organizational success, e.g., higher revenue, higher levels of customer service and satisfaction, lower accident rates and lower employee turnover. However, current research shows that only about one third of employees in the United States are engaged. This is despite the fact that companies spend millions of dollars annually on employee engagement initiatives and leadership development programs. 

Pearl and Denise felt that a practical, down-to-earth guidebook/toolkit was needed to inform managers and leaders how to motivate and engage their team members. Specifically, what can managers do to engage their employees? And what can we do, at the individual level, to improve our own engagement? 

Pearl and Denise’s recommendations are based on the seven components of their INSPIRE model:

  1. Ignite through inspiring vision, appreciative communication and providing work that is meaningful.
  2. Nurture employees by supporting their personal growth and career development.
  3. Leverage employee Strengths
  4. Use effective and collaborative Performance Management practices. 
  5. Be Inclusive so team members feel involved, valued and fully integrated into the organization. 
  6. Relate with authenticity and emotional Intelligence. 
  7. Empower team members.

Dr. Pearl Hilliard and Dr. Denise Lopez will be presenting a webinar on these topics later this month. 

featuring Dr. Pearl Hilliard and Dr. Denise Lopez

Date:  Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time:  11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Standard Time
For more information, click here:

Pearl and Denise will join us for this one-hour webinar. They will briefly review the seven facets of their INSPIRE model and will go into more detail on two chapters:

  • Chapter 1 – How to ignite employees through meaningful work and positive communication
  • Chapter 3 - How to leverage your employees’ (and your own) strengths.

This will be a participative session. Pearl and Denise seek to offer useful ideas and tools and will be happy to answer questions. 


Dr. Pearl Hilliard

Dr. Pearl Hilliard is the founder of Hilliard Performance Solutions and has over twenty years of experience in consulting, coaching, learning, leadership development, integrated talent management and organizational improvement. She is passionate about employee engagement, remembering how she felt when she wasn’t engaged versus how she felt when she was energized and driven! Pearl coaches and consults with clients to maximize engagement and the performance of individuals, teams and organizations. Pearl received her EdD in Human Performance at Work from the University of Southern California, where she was Assistant Director of Talent Operations. She also has several coaching credentials.



Dr. Patricia Denise Lopez

Dr. Patricia “Denise” Lopez is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Alliant International University where she teaches and conducts research in leadership, work motivation and productivity, and organizational change management. Denise considers it her mission to develop great leaders and build workplaces where people can bring their best and most enthusiastic selves. Over the last 25 years, she has taught, coached and consulted with managers and organizations in the US and Asia-Pacific. Denise received her PhD in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College and has a coaching credential from the International Coaching Federation. 

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