When we think about motivation we tend to imagine people bounding around, smiling and excited to make things happen. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not much of a recipe for long-term productivity in a work place. While I’m all for a healthy dose of inspiration, there are three things which are completely underestimated in their ability to motivate employees, and all available without delivering a stirring speech.Read More
With any pursuit in life, there is doing a thing – and then there is doing it well. There is activity – and then there is artistry.
This holds true where compliments are concerned. There is little debate as to the importance of having “an attitude of gratitude,” particularly as a leader.Read More
“Yes, and” is a powerful tool for collaboration, negotiation and effective communication. The concept of “Yes, and” comes from the improvisational stage, and over the last 15 years, I’ve seen it transform leaders and teams across industries. Unfortunately, a lot people think that “Yes, but” is the same thing, when actually it is an ugly, nasty, evil twin to “Yes, and.”Read More
According to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey of global senior executives on culture and change management, the success rate of major change initiatives is only 54 percent. This is far too low. The costs are high when change efforts go wrong—not only financially but in confusion, lost opportunity, wasted resources, and diminished morale. The following list of 10 guiding principles for change can help you navigate the treacherous shoals of transformation in a systematic way.Read More
Creating a workplace culture that breeds high morale and engagement doesn’t happen by accident. It requires leadership – wise, empathetic, discerning, thoughtful, strategic, and caring leadership. And it’s a leadership you can’t fake. It has to flow from the ethos of who you are as a person.Read More
HR gurus at conferences mouth the word ‘engagement’ more times per minute than Robert Plant used to sing ‘baby’ in the average Led Zeppelin song. But what do the terms engagement, morale and motivation mean in practice? Here we look at some core principles and exemplars of how engagement, morale and motivation really work, so that you may adopt adapt them for your own purposes.Read More
Almost two weeks ago now, a thank you note from JJ Abrams, the director of the new Star Wars movie, made national news. As the movie made some additional cast announcements, that note was front-and-center again today.
No doubt, this was a really good thank you note. See for yourself…Read More
Every business is looking for the “game-changer” — the new approach, the new product, the new account. Something that radically shifts the financial prospects of the Company. To become stable, sustainable and grow, most companies have to do it the old fashion way – hardwork, sound management systems and processes, and making good decisions.Read More
The importance of measuring the climate you create cannot be understated. I submit that you, as the leader, have the responsibility to take your organization’s temperature on a regular basis so that you can validate whether or not it meets with your intentional objectives, or if a course correction is required. Without regular and consistent updates, you may never truly understand the environment you are creating for your team.Read More
Ford created a revolution when he put people on a production line. The new labor movement takes us off the line and into management: management of tasks, relationships,...Read More
The Boss-Subordinate relationship is unnatural by design. We sell our power for money. We look to a person we have not chosen (whom we may or may not respect) for affirmation, evaluation, and reward. In order to “succeed” we strive to figure out what will make this guy like us, and adjust our style accordingly. We take every criticism to heart, even when we don’t believe it. We take this already unnatural structure and impose even more awkward performance feedback systems.Read More
Would you consider yourself a leader, manager, or both? In most cases, managers consider themselves leaders, but do you think your team members would agree with you? Pat Owings, the Co-Founder of Inbound Marketing Agents, advises managers to challenge their current perspective on leadership skills by asking themselves, “If you asked your team to take the hill, would they because it is the right thing to do or because you are the boss and they want to keep their job?”Read More