Leaders, Motivation, and Employee Engagement: Evaluate Yourself

Motivation and employee engagement are one of the most discussed subjects in management and leadership these days. Various surveys are available that tell us a large portion of the workforce is not engaged and there seems to be no end to suggestions for how to motivate people. Having studied this for many years, I’ve come to the conclusion that motivation and engagement are inextricably linked and there are two facts…

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Leadership Development – The Difference Between Fair and Equal

Are you treating all your employees in a fair and equal manner? These two words are often considered synonymous; Roget’s Thesaurus even lists equal as a synonym for fair, but for leaders, they are very different concepts. Suppose you have two employees, Jack and Jill. Jack has been with the company for 18 months while Jill is a more recent addition. You’ve ensured that Jack and Jill both have everything…

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Getting to Know Them – What’s Their Motivation?

The crowd waited in rapt anticipation. The famous motivational speaker was about to take the stage. He was going to motivate them to do more, be better, and whatever else they desired. I was in that audience and I too was anticipating the speaker’s words, although for a different reason. I’ve studied motivation for years and I firmly believe we cannot motivate other people. But I wondered a little. After…

Unions And The Motivational Climate

“How do I provide a motivational climate when all my workers are in unions and they care more about union membership?” This question came up in a recent workshop. It’s one of the biggest frustrations leaders have with a union shop. “I’m going to file a grievance” are words that can strike terror in even the strongest leader. The first time I heard these words, I didn’t know what I…