Category Archives: Motivation

Money, Power, or Freedom: Which Leads to Most Well-Being?

As a leader, you’re in the well-being business. Why? Because when people feel better (physically, emotionally, and mentally) they perform better. They’re also more motivated. Thus, it’s in your best interest to know which drivers influence well-being most. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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An Essential Step to Leading Smarter

Leadership is a process of influencing others to willingly work towards a shared purpose.  Part of that job is communicating what that purpose is.  Too many leaders go about this the wrong way. Consider Fernando.  A senior finance director for a … Continue reading

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How Empowerment Leads to Engagement

If it were you, which would you most prefer? No choice Someone else’s choice for me My choice The answer is obvious:  In general, we prefer to make our own choices. There’s a freedom that comes from making our own … Continue reading

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What Really Intelligent People Need To Perform At Their Best

Jane has been recently promoted to Senior Manager at a technology firm. When I met Jane, she told me her most pressing problem: I have some really smart people on my team.  While that seems great, they’re really challenging to … Continue reading

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How Toothpaste Will Make You a Better Leader

Not long ago, toothpaste had an identity problem. If you remember, all tubes looked like this: They took up a lot of prime shelf space in the medicine cabinet. They’d only lay flat, unless you put it in a cup. … Continue reading

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3 Proven Ways to Boost Your Creativity & Productivity

Have you ever been washing the dishes and you were instantly hit with a flash of inspiration? Or maybe you were taking a shower, or going for a run, or commuting to work, or just about to fall asleep, and … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Overcome Your HATRED of Administrative Tasks

Mael is concerned.  He doesn’t want to be the latest victim of the Peter Principle:  the phenomenon where people are promoted to their own level of incompetence. An outgoing, gregarious personality, Mael is one of the most popular (and in-demand) … Continue reading

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How Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey and Theo Epstein Share The Secret To Exceptional Communication

The end of May is graduation season in North America. That comes with the time-honored traditions of awarding honorary degrees, and having those honorees give commencement day speeches. If you’re interested in ratcheting up your communication skills, it’s also a … Continue reading

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Can You Really Hold Others Accountable?

This past Tuesday, I was on a conference call with Mindy, an HR Director for a financial services company.  I asked her what her company’s biggest leadership issues are.  Mindy said, “Our leaders don’t hold their people accountable.” Mindy’s company … Continue reading

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The Crucial Difference Between Leading Big and Leading Small

Dave is a smart guy– when it comes to most things. A Managing Director at a professional services firm, Dave knows his clients, industry, and the business inside and out.  He’s also passionate about wanting to grow the consulting skills … Continue reading

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