Category Archives: Motivation

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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3 Reasons Leaders Should Never Fix Their People

Daniel leads a team of twenty research scientist/leaders. In preparing to work with the team at their annual leadership conference, I spoke to Joanne, one of Daniel’s direct reports.  Joanne brought me up to speed with the team, their group dynamics, … Continue reading

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How Do You Get People Out of Their Shell?

How do you help people to perform at their best? One answer may surprise you. James had always been a “middle of the bell curve “employee. An engineer for a technology company, James had been a solid performer for 32 … Continue reading

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