Monthly Archives: March 2017

Who Knows What Employees Really Want?

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For decades, articles, authors and studies have tried to help managers come to terms with how to motivate employees and drive optimal performance by understanding what employees really want and need from work. The list is long (and alphabetized for ease). Achievement and accomplishment Appreciation Autonomy and self-direction Being part of a team Boss they respect and trust Career advancement Challenge Clear goals and objectives Coaching Connections and relationships with each other Decision-making authority Empowerment Fair compensation Fair treatment Freedom to innovate Growth and learning Influence and power Interesting work Job flexibility Obstacle removal Opportunity to make a difference Pride …

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Today’s Burning Leadership Question: Are You a Flame or an Ember?

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Michael is a leader in a high-tech organization. He’s charismatic, affable, and the ideal networker due to his highly-social nature.  He gets along with nearly everyone and can lighten the mood of even the toughest meeting with his playfulness and sense of humor. Cara is a leader in the same organization. She’s lower-key and less likely to crack a joke. But she has a reputation for being fair and principled. Others know they can count on her for the straight scoop, even when it’s uncomfortable. Which leader leaves the best impression with others? Which would leave the best impression with …

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Lessons in Stumbling and Set-Backs… from the Big Top

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I recently attended a stage production of Circus 1903, a variety show featuring turn-of-the-century circus acts. The audience enjoyed heart-stopping performances from high-wire artists, aerialists, contortionists, and acrobats from around the world. (While this isn’t intended to be a review, I can highly recommend the show!) Each act was an impressive display of a lifetime (sometimes generations) of muscle and skill building. But the highlight for me had less to do with the strength of the human body and more with the strength of the human spirit. Despite the sophistication and stakes associated with the ‘tricks’, each performance went off …

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