In my reading this week, I found this short piece by John Baldoni. In it he talks about the foundational importance of importance and suggests that you can nurture it by "inviting them to look up," by "letting them see you sweat," by "learning from your mistakes," and by "radiating hope."
A West Coast colleague passed this URl along earlier today
The January 28th edition of CIO carried an insightful column by John Baldoni about motivation in the workplace. I think tht you will find it interesting.