Motivating

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Psychological theories of motivation

May 10, 2018
David M. Kreps, a Stanford economist, explains the different approaches of getting people going.

8 movies for the bold and ambitious

May 2, 2018
One leadership motivation tool that never gets dull is the movie that documents the true story of someone who overcame brutal challenges to become a legend. Here are a few of our favorites.

Motivation razzle-dazzle: What could go wrong?

April 16, 2018

Q. My efforts to motivate people are not doing so great, and I have a feeling what would work better is a bit of showy exuberance, or a fiery display of some kind to break the calm around here. How can something like this backfire?

No more ‘constructive criticism,’ says leadership expert

April 2, 2018
“We must declare a worldwide ban on the phrase ‘constructive criticism’; it’s a true oxymoron,” argues Dr. Tim Irwin.

Inspire staff with a military model

March 1, 2018

Daniel A. Dailey is Sergeant Major of the Army, the service’s highest-ranking enlisted soldier. So it would figure that Dailey, 46, has strong ideas about what it takes to lead.

Onboarding done with flair

February 27, 2018

Piyush Patel, CEO of digital animation training company Digital-Tutors, knows how to make new employees feel at home and appreciated.

So I started sending my team a weekly motivational email …

January 21, 2018

A few years ago I began the habit of getting up earlier and writing in my journal, taking the time to be reflective, appreciative, and grateful. I gradually felt compelled to share these positive and uplifting stories that I had discovered with others. I decided to start by sending a weekly email to the thirty people on my team at Acceleration Partners. The email was originally called “Friday Inspiration,” and I sent it out each Friday morning to the whole company.

If you could ask Michael Jordan one thing …

December 18, 2017

When he was 16, Frank Ntilikina asked Michael Jordan for the key to his success, and Jordan told the aspiring NBA player the most amazing thing he’d ever heard. 

Push stars to rise even higher

October 5, 2017
As a junior at the University of Florida, first-team All-American Abby Wambach attended a coveted camp for the nation’s best under-21 soccer players. At the camp, she played against a women’s professional league and performed well. Or so she thought.

When you praise, make it count

September 8, 2017
You’ve heard it hundreds of times: Praise employees to reinforce desired action or effort. But there’s a right and wrong way to compliment someone.
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