8 phrases that instantly convince people to follow you

June 24, 2016

Not everyone is a brilliant orator, but it only takes a few words—precisely timed and honestly delivered—to truly command attention and respect. Here are eight phrases totaling less than 40 words. Use them and you’ll stick in people’s minds long after you’ve left the room.

Help poor performers bounce back

April 5, 2016
During the 2002 baseball season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fell into a slump. Mike Scioscia, the manager, brought his team together by leveling with them.

Why motivation flows from meaning

February 22, 2016
As a teenager, Barry Schwartz took summer jobs doing menial labor in clothing factories. He found the work boring and unrewarding.

Pick winners to go into battle

February 16, 2016
Retired Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney was deputy commander for the U.S. Special Operations Command. The three-star general helped oversee 62,000 people with a $10 billion budget.

The talk that led to the Final Four

January 20, 2016
In 2005, Bob Rotella gave a pep talk to George Mason University’s basketball team. A sports psychologist, Rotella sought to spur the players to see themselves as champions.

Let your imagination fly

December 14, 2015
After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Marty Sklar rose to lead the company’s “Imagineering” arm, which conceptualizes, plans and builds Disney attractions. Dur­­­­ing the 1970s oil crisis, he dealt with uncertainty over a new park based on one of Disney’s favorite ideas, the Experi­­men­­tal Prototype Community of Tomor­­­row, or EPCOT …

How a ship’s bell rings success

September 21, 2015
Asked for the best ways to motivate her workforce, Cheri Beranek, CEO of ­Minneapolis-based fiber connectivity company Clearfield, says you start by listening and end by celebrating every success.

Why Drew Brees chose the Saints

September 18, 2015

In early 2006, two NFL teams sought to sign star quarterback Drew Brees. Initially, Brees figured he’d choose the Miami Dolphins over the New Orleans Saints. After visiting both cities and meeting with team executives, Brees began to rethink the situation.

Let adversity spur you on

September 2, 2015

Doris Hart won three Wimbledon titles on one day in 1951: singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. But her greatest feat may have been competing in tennis at all.

A morale booster that literally broke the ice

July 28, 2015
One CEO knew his employees needed a big lift after enduring a snowy and frigid winter. Read how his “Summer of Love” gave them a light at the end of the tunnel.