Inspire Greatness

A Simple, Repeatable, Scalable Process for Consistently Bringing Out the Best In Your Team

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Inspire Greatness: A Book On
How To Motivate Employees by Helping Them Thrive

Below is an overview of Inspire Greatness: How to Motivate Employees with a Simple, Repeatable Scalable Process, as well as some of the advance praise for the book.

Overview of Inspire Greatness

Quickly and sustainably improve employee motivation, engagement, and performance with this simple, four-step process from a top leadership expert.

Leadership tends to be thought of as an art, not a science. Imagine the benefits of having an algorithm—a repeatable process based on decades of research on what motivates employees—that any leader could follow to consistently inspire greatness in others.

From sought-after speaker and consultant Matt Tenney, Inspire Greatness outlines a simple, scalable, four-step process that enables leaders to routinely bring out the best in team members and improve performance by:

  • Taking responsibility for employee engagement and acting from the wisdom that their primary job is to inspire greatness in their team members.
  • Identifying what team members need to thrive and do great work.
  • Collecting regular feedback on how well direct supervisors are meeting the 14 universal needs people have for being engaged at work.
  • Pairing feedback for leaders with bite-size learning that is easy to consume and act on immediately.

Tightly synchronizing employees’ feedback with targeted, microlearning for their direct managers creates an incredibly powerful, synergistic effect by: (1) dramatically increasing the likelihood that managers will develop lasting habits that contribute to employee engagement, and (2) allowing employees to see meaningful action almost immediately in response to their feedback.

Inspire Greatness is a practical guide to consistently bringing out the best in team members while also helping you and other leaders in your organization realize deep meaning and fulfillment at work.

Advance Praise for Inspire Greatness

It’s not often that a business book completely disrupts the status quo.  Inspire Greatness does exactly that.  In this engaging book you’ll discover a compelling explanation for why the average levels of employee engagement and motivation haven’t improved in over 20 years, along with an innovative solution that will help you and your organization to improve and sustain employee engagement and performance.  If you are a leader of people, the learning moments shared in Inspire Greatness are must reads!


  • Garry Ridge, Chairman Emeritus, WD-40 Company & The Culture Coach


In Inspire Greatness, Matt Tenney presents an innovative, systematic approach to developing highly engaged and motivated employees. With practical strategies and actionable steps, Tenney offers a path any leader can follow to consistently inspire and empower individuals to reach their full potential. This transformative guide equips leaders and leadership teams with a process and tools for building a sustainable high-performance culture that drives organizational success and helps employees to thrive. 


  • Skip Prichard, CEO, OCLC, Inc., Author of The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future


In Inspire Greatness, Matt Tenney has done an exceptional job of presenting a clear, concise, and compelling game plan to improve employee engagement, company culture, and organizational success.  The author’s narrative style is a standout feature, making this book an engaging read that avoids overwhelming the reader with complex terminology. Instead, it offers straightforward explanations and real-life examples of what drives human behavior and helps managers unleash discretionary effort. I highly recommend this book to any leader who wants to more consistently serve team members and inspire peak performance.


  • Lou Gizzarelli, President, Quadient Canada



Inspire Greatness is a groundbreaking book on employee motivation and engagement.  Matt Tenney highlights the importance of routinely executing often overlooked fundamentals of leadership and includes a practical roadmap for being a leader who consistently inspires high levels of performance.  Inspire Greatness is a must read for all leaders – from the front line to C-Suite – who want to be better leaders of teams and improve business results.


  • Mark Smith, Executive Director, Global Talent, The Kraft Heinz Company


In Inspire Greatness, Matt Tenney shares an “engagement acceleration formula” that can be easily scaled across an entire organization.  I strongly recommend this insightful book to all leaders, especially those looking to improve sales by helping sales managers to be better coaches and leaders of fast-growing start-ups who need a repeatable process for leadership development to ensure they maintain a strong culture during periods of rapid growth.


  • Mark Roberge, Co-Founder at Stage 2 Capital, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School, founding CRO at HubSpot, and bestselling author of The Sales Acceleration Formula


Inspire Greatness is an inspirational and thought-provoking book.  Matt Tenney offers valuable insights and practical wisdom on how to lead in a way that makes a positive impact on the performance, growth, and wellbeing of team members. Matt’s engaging storytelling and real-world examples will empower you to cultivate a culture of greatness in your team and your organization. Matt’s book is a must-read for anyone looking to be more effective as a leader while also finding deeper meaning and fulfillment at work.  Using Matt’s simple four-step approach, you’ll learn how to create simple habits for consistently bringing out the best in the people you lead.


  • Alyssa Thach, Co-Founder & CEO, Pierpoint


Inspire Greatness should become mandatory reading for every business leader in every industry. Matt Tenney has distilled the essence of leadership to THE single most important responsibility that must be on the top of every leader’s job description: “To inspire greatness in one’s team by serving as a coach who helps others to be happy, great human beings, who do great work”.  I wish Matt had written this book 40 years ago, when I first started in business. It would have helped me avoid the costly mistakes I made while managing my team of 400 staff.  This is not just another philosophical leadership book, but jam packed with research, unforgettable examples, and prescriptive action plans that when implemented will significantly elevate any company’s engagement, productivity, and profits.


  • Russell M. Kern, CEO of Kern and Partners, and founder and former CEO of the Kern Agency, An Omnicom Company


Inspire Greatness is an engaging, page-turner of a book that includes a very innovative approach to employee motivation and engagement.  We’ve applied the guidance Matt offers in this book to help us increase employee engagement, dramatically reduce employee turnover, and navigate the uncharted territory of being the first national law firm to implement a four-day workweek for both attorneys and staff.  I highly recommend this book!


  • Steve Fields, Founder and CEO, Fields Law Firm


In the crowded field of leadership development books, Inspire Greatness stands out and shines. Matt Tenney offers a unique approach for improving employee motivation and engagement that is both simple and much more effective than the traditional approach. I strongly recommend this book to any leader who would like a repeatable process for quickly and sustainably improving both the performance and well-being of managers and team members.


  • Craig Simpkins, Global Leader, Finance, Early Talent Development, Johnson Controls


In the ever-evolving landscape of human resources (HR), finding strategies to effectively motivate employees is a constant pursuit. This book brilliantly addresses this challenge with an approach that is both practical and insightful.

As vice president of human resources, I am always on the lookout for resources that provide actionable solutions to enhance employee engagement and drive organizational success. Inspire Greatness delivers precisely that. The author’s commitment to simplicity, repeatability, and scalability resonates deeply with HR professionals, like me, seeking sustainable methods to inspire and empower their leaders.

What sets this book apart is its emphasis on a process that is not only grounded in research and best practices but also adaptable to various industries and company sizes. The real-world examples and case studies provide invaluable context, making the strategies easy to grasp and implement.

Inspire Greatness is a must-read for HR leaders, managers, and anyone passionate about cultivating a thriving workplace culture. Matt Tenney’s expertise and passion for employee motivation shine through, offering a comprehensive guide that will undoubtedly become a cornerstone for HR professionals and leaders seeking to make a meaningful impact.

I wholeheartedly recommend Inspire Greatness as a game-changing addition to the toolkit of anyone invested in creating a motivated, engaged, and high-performing workforce.

  • Maryana Sinishtay, Vice President of Human Resources, Diamond Properties & Diamond Hospitality Group


I love this book! Matt Tenney offers a simple, practical path to consistently closing the gap between who we aspire to be as leaders and how we actually show up each day. Inspire Greatness is the best book I have read on the topic of effectively serving and bringing out the best in team members, and it is a must-read for any modern leader.


  • Felix Frowein, Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Fragrances at dsm-firmenich


Groundbreaking and actionable, Inspire Greatness is a masterclass in leadership. It’s a data-driven, no-nonsense guide that will transform managers into inspirational leaders. In a world filled with leadership manuals, Inspire Greatness stands out as a must-read.


  • Derick Dickens, Senior Vice President of Training, Civic Federal Credit Union