Motivating

Sound alarm to abandon status quo

November 12, 2013
To convey your message with urgency, find a way to break through employees’ inertia. Take a cue from Stephen Elop, who became Nokia’s CEO in 2010.

Set PUSH goals to spur excellence

October 21, 2013
Setting goals is more art than science. You want people to give full effort to attain ambitious goals without making the targets so outlandish that employees lose hope. To strike that balance, think in terms of PUSH goals: passionate, urgent, specific, hairy.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 1013

October 17, 2013
Look ahead the Larry Page way … Deliver a real statement to your people … Have a career plan as strong as Campbell Soup’s CEO.

To Bose founder, anything is possible

October 4, 2013
Amar Bose, a pioneer in acoustics and founder of a company noted for its portable speakers and headphones, died in July at age 83. Bose’s legacy at both his company and at MIT, where he worked on the faculty for 40 years, was that of a teacher.

When firing a top performer pays off

September 3, 2013

As sales manager for a fledgling magazine, C. Richard Weylman needed to generate enough print ads to keep the new publication afloat. One of the salespeople routinely outperformed his peers, yet his high production came at a cost: He rejected the organization’s culture of cooperation and its customer-centric philosophy …

Ethics and knowledge go hand-in-hand

August 22, 2013
Two concerns keep Skanska CEO Mike McNally up at night. He worries that one of the company’s 50,000 employees around the world might act unethically. He also frets about the risk of accidents and injuries.

Want to change the culture? Try a movie

August 22, 2013
To motivate 200,000 employees in 10,000 branches to work together and innovate, Om Prakash Bhatt, the chairman of State Bank of India, convened 25 senior managers for a five-day retreat. He opened the meeting by showing “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” a movie about a golfer who loses his swing and then learns to regain it.

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.