Motivating

CEO offers ultimate perk: vacation cash

March 19, 2015
Many organizations give employees a specified number of annual paid days off—perhaps 10 or 15—in addition to a handful of federal holidays. Bart Lorang felt that wasn’t enough.

How to win? ‘One-and-done’

March 18, 2015

Asked how to prepare for a football playoff, coach Craig Bohl recommends adopting a mindset he calls “one-and-done.” Bohl won his third consecutive FCS (NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision) national title when his North Dakota State team won its division in 2013. That makes Bohl, now the coach at Wyoming, college football’s leading expert on playoffs.

Why IBM’s CEO thinks in threes

March 9, 2015
If you run a company with 431,000 employees in 170 countries, you need to simplify your message. Virginia Rometty, IBM’s ninth CEO in its 104-year history, knows how to communicate in bite-size nuggets to drive home her point.

Write a personal note to spur action

February 27, 2015
When Guillermo del Toro wanted to direct his first major motion picture, he knew which actor he wanted as his star. But it took some convincing to get his way.

Motivate staff using ‘gamification’

February 18, 2015
To maximize games, involve em­­ployees in design and implementation. Staffers are more apt to embrace the game if they play a role in creating it.

End inertia and get them on board

January 8, 2015
When your people say, “We can’t change that,” what they mean is that it’s hard. Changing one thing would mean having to change something else. It might even lead to unintended consequences and a cascade of unanticipated problems.

3 steps to make your criticism stick

December 31, 2014

Dishing out criticism demands delicacy. Here’s the best way to gain cooperation and compliance when giving feedback that isn’t as positive as the listener might like.

Steer clear of these 4 phrases

December 29, 2014

Respectful communication enhances your leadership. By leveling with people and radiating authenticity, you can deliver even bad news without rupturing your relationships at work. Here are four phrases that can undermine your reputation—and how to avoid them.

Ask the staff: ‘What keeps you up at night?’

November 13, 2014
The most motivated employees will respond by describing their overriding goal to make a life-changing impact on others.

When ‘more pie’ just isn’t enough

October 14, 2014

How can you hire people with a great attitude? Start by discovering what motivates them. Identify what they value and tailor the job accordingly.