"Let me Take You Down"

I don’t have anything against motivation if you’re talking about genuine inspiration, the values-driven desire to achieve a goal or well-designed incentives. But what a lot of motivational gurus do is whip their targets into a frenzy of self-adulation, point them in the direction of their jobs, and say “Go.” Sometimes they are instructed to work harder, sometimes to be nicer. But the process is the same: Inflate them with emotional gas, and tell them they are now equipped to succeed.
— Dr. E.L. Kersten to the Harvard Business Review