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Why Reward Programs Don't work

The Problem With Motivation – Reason #3: Reward Programs Are Too Narrow!

One of the biggest problems with reward programs are often seen as the biggest strength by most people who employ them.  That is the tendency to fixate rewards on just one goal or objective. Make safety the object of your reward program and production or quality might suffer.  Make production the goal and safety could…

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The Problem With Motivation: Reason #2 – Rewards Don’t Always Reinforce Anything

The idea of motivating employees with the traditional carrot on the stick has been around for almost a century now.  It really began at the beginning of the industrial age when workers were seen as little more than beasts of burden.  The idea is that a person could be motivated the same way a horse…

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The Problem With Motivation

Over the years, whenever I meet supervisors and managers, many of them express a desire to “Learn how to motivate my employees.”  I honestly think many feel there is some kind of trick that will suddenly convince their people to turn into a superhero of some kind.  I often feel cruel when I tell them that…

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Team work

The Breakfast of Champions…

I just finished a workshop with a great group of front-line leaders. Our topic was feedback. Not something that everyone enjoys but a vital skill for anyone who aspires to be a great leader. Because of the high percentage of testosterone in the room, many of the examples that were given for feedback tended to…

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I Don’t Praise Employees Because…

Here are the top ten excuses managers give for why they don’t praise their employees.  I hope you aren’t guilty of any of these: I don’t have the time.  I personally find this excuse to be the most frustrating because praising employees and treating them with respect should not have to take a lot of time.…

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6 Ways To Increase The Effectiveness of Front-Line Leaders

Did you know that according to research, nearly 60% of front-line Leaders under-perform during their first two years and more than half of them would rather not lead people at all? Well the reason is that these leaders do not have the tools they need to do the job effectively.  In many cases, they’ve been…

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How to be a Leader in a Crisis

Some terrific advice from Bill George, author of “True North” and former CEO of Medtronic: Here are seven lessons for leaders charged with leading their organizations through a crisis: Lesson 1: Leaders must face reality.Reality starts with the person in charge. Read the rest here.

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Employee Retention

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What Is Hyper Attention? And Why Should You Care?

You may have heard that “the more things change the more they stay the same.”  But here’s one change that isn’t staying the same, and if you ignore it you risk losing a lot of time and money on employee training. As a society, we are currently in the process of moving from a culture of deep…

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Why Self-Awareness is so crucial for Leaders

This article by Lolly Daskal is one of the best I’ve ever read on this topic… “He called because everyone on his leadership team said he needed a great coach. He was head of a large global organization, and the feedback he kept getting is that he was a lousy leader. I thought to myself,…

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