Motivating

Dig deep into the truths of motivation

October 10, 2019
There’s an assumption that motivation is a simple trade-off, a labor-equals- reward system. But there’s a lot more to it.

4 ways managers can cultivate intrinsic motivation

August 14, 2019
Intrinsically motivated employees want to succeed because of the internal benefit they experience—like pride or perhaps the internal satisfaction of simply feeling they’ve been productive.

Remember your food service industry days? You should

July 11, 2019
Back when you were scratching to make ends meet, you may have had a job as a server or in a kitchen. The culinary world has a few unique and cherished traditions that are worth carrying over into a leadership position. What might the equivalent of these traditions be where you work now?

Weird, wonderful corporate musicals

May 9, 2019
“He’s a Penney Man,” “Tires to Sell,” “An Exxon Dealer’s Wife” … all of these are song titles from professionally produced Industrials.

Focus on potential too

February 27, 2019
The most successful leaders see the potential in their employees—and they have a plan to help them realize that potential, says David Deacon, author of The Self-Determined Manager. He recommends you spend time answering these questions for each employee.

Deliver feedback that gets results

October 11, 2018
To maximize the impact of your input, prepare before you speak. Here are some guidelines.

You cannot beat this motivational line

August 9, 2018
People really do know it when a leader shows up. Such was the case for Capt. Benjamin Tupper of the Army National Guard, who found himself surrounded by the Taliban in Afghanistan, in a firefight and just about at the end of his rope.

The limits of what money can buy

August 9, 2018
Sure, you can initially attract people with the promise of financial reward. But to retain and motivate the best people, you must tap into how they feel about the work itself.

Avoiding the quiet trap of ‘appreciation depletion’

August 3, 2018
When we watch a puppy push its head forward eagerly at the promise of being scratched by a caring hand, guess what? We’re watching ourselves. Walking around in a $400 suit doesn’t make us want that gentle head scratch any less.

3 ways fear drives success

July 12, 2018
Sometimes, we all need a little fear to remind us of what is truly important. There are three things we must remember about fear.