Motivating

Work hard, play hard

July 23, 2013
A conversation with Brian Scudamore, 43, who founded 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in 1989. Today, it’s among the fastest-growing franchises in the world.

Celebrate wins, but don’t pick winners

July 18, 2013
One of the most popular motivational techniques is celebrating team victories. But if you’re going to host an employee-appreciation party, make sure that everyone leaves happy.

Nourish your employees’ ‘inner life’

May 22, 2013
Research shows that employees’ “best days” occur when they make progress on projects viewed as “meaningful” to their employer’s mission. If they feel that they are contributing to bottom-line success, they become more driven to excel.

Tell stories to forge tight bonds

April 12, 2013
As a leader you can tell people what to do. But barking orders rarely endears you to your team. A better way to instruct and inspire staffers is to share personal anecdotes.

3 techniques to exert more influence

April 10, 2013

When you’re trying to persuade em­­ployees, you may figure if you cite enough evidence, you’ll break down others’ resistance and they’ll agree with you. But reason alone may not suffice. Use techniques that induce compliance.

9 ways to lead so people follow

April 5, 2013
What skills does a great leader possess? Charisma tends to fade over time. And strong-willed bosses who try to intimidate may seem formidable at first, but employees often resist tyrants. Nine traits of effective leaders:

A pat on the back goes a long way

March 13, 2013
Employees need positive reinforcement and incentives to perform at their best, and a little recognition goes a long way toward enhancing employee motivation and loyalty. Here are some suggestions you can pass on to team leaders and super­­visors to get them started.

Do you influence?

March 4, 2013
Run down this list to see if your behavior aligns with the “high influence style” of leadership.

6 ways to encourage staff to take risks

February 21, 2013
Strong leaders create a safe, secure environment so that staffers can test the bounds of their fears and break through them. Here’s how top executives drive exceptional performance.

Convey to staff the mission’s goal

February 15, 2013

An intriguing aspect of leaders is how often they fail to appreciate how unusual they are. Even if you carry a powerful understanding of your team’s mission, don’t assume that everyone around shares your drive or your goals.