Motivating

Spark brainstorms with simple steps

June 3, 2015
To spur innovation, it takes more than promoting outside-the-box thinking. You need to cultivate a spirit of openness and inventiveness among your staff.

Motivate staffers by ‘backcasting’

May 4, 2015
Typically, leaders who want to motivate staffers to enhance their performance start by saying, “Let’s set goals for you to push yourself to improve.” That’s not necessarily a good idea.

Boost camaraderie with a free lunch

April 27, 2015
In 2013, the leaders of Pictometry Inter­­national decided to get more bang for their buck to boost morale among their 250 employees. So they focused on food.

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.

Good managers know it’s not all about the money

March 1, 2015
Morey Stettner, editor of Executive Leadership, recently described for webinar attendees the power of intrinsic motivators to get workers to buy into their jobs in ways a bonus check can’t provoke. There’s a lot of psychology in play when people sit down at their desks in the morning; learn to wield it to your advantage and you won’t have to constantly buy off staff lethargy.

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.