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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Are You Coaching or Just Talking?

“Hi Bill. Please have a seat. I asked you to come in because I’m starting a new program where I will be more formally coaching my direct reports. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to let you know what I’m thinking and to get an idea of your goals.” “Thank you Dave, I think that’s a great ide…” “Well Bill, the companies been in a bit of a downturn…

Leadership and Communication: Did They Hear What You Think You Said

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! Robert Burns With apologies to Robert Burns, we also don’t hear ourselves as others hear us. In their book, Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen explain a very important point that leaders must remember when communicating, citing research on the superior temporal sulcus (STS) What’s that you say? It’s a part of…

Why Set Goals?

By Perry J. Martini, Ph.D. Most of us have fond memories of the fairy tales we read (or that were read to us) as children. They were entertaining, often times humorous, but without our knowing taught us important lessons for later life. One of the most universally read fairy tales is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. At a certain point in the story Alice comes upon the Cheshire…

Leadership Development: The Real Pareto

You’ve probably heard that 20% of what you do is producing 80% of the results. Or maybe someone told you that 80% of the issues you deal with come from only 20% of your people. They most likely called this the Pareto Principle. What is this Pareto Principle and where did it come from? There are few concepts in management as poorly represented as the Pareto Principle. That’s a bit…