Monthly Archives: February 2016

Effective Leaders Manage Expectations

Can you name the most effective leaders you’ve worked for? What is it that makes a leader stand out as remarkably effective? Everyone expects great things from leaders, probably more than is humanly possible. I guess it depends on how you define effective leadership. In business, some say the most effective leaders are those who […]
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Leaders Who Drive Employee Engagement
Drive Financial Results

I’ve been intrigued by the impact of employee engagement on financial results. It’s long been my opinion that a focus on values and purpose drives financial results. From what I’m reading, employee engagement isn’t just a way for managers to assure that people at work aren’t wasting your time or your money. Engaging leaders who […]
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3 Ways Leaders Can Spark
Employee Engagement

If you’re in charge of people at work in any capacity, you face big challenges everyday with employee engagement. How do you get people motivated and truly engaged? In my last post, I presented Gary Hamel’s ladder of human capabilities. Most managers are adept at encouraging the first three in order to boost performance: Obedience Diligence […]
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Human Capabilities at Work: Why Obedience,
Diligence and Expertise Aren’t Enough

As a leader, which human capabilities at work do you value most? How do you try to motivate people? I’ve been thinking about how leaders communicate different values to motivate their people to perform. In some cases, they stress how vital it is to follow the rules and regulations. In others, they emphasize quality control […]
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5 Leadership Tips for
Creating Passion at Work

Smart leaders pay attention to ways to spark passion at work every day. You might think that’s low on the list of to-do’s for busy managers with too much on their plate. But think about it: when people love their jobs and are intrinsically motivated for their own reasons, they’ll go the extra mile for […]
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How Leaders Are Hiring for Passion at Work

As I said in my previous post here, if leaders want to fire up passion at work, it all starts with a clear and meaningful purpose. Having a purpose gets people to do the right things, and then passion motivates them to give extraordinary performance. To put it bluntly, the most important task for any […]
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Leading with Purpose: Linking People to Purpose and Passion

Are you leading with purpose? Most leaders I know are full of passion. They don’t understand why their workforce isn’t. Why don’t employees really care more? Many are frustrated by attempts to bring out the passion and sense of purpose in their workforce. It’s no secret: people who are intrinsically motivated for their own sense […]
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Unleashing Employee Engagement:
It’s Up to You as a Leader

When you think about it, inspiring and unleashing employee engagement should be the  number one job of managers. Ask any manager, however, they’ll tell you their biggest job is managing people, putting out fires, and tracking performance. It’s not surprising that people who are truly engaged in their work account for only 15% to 30% […]
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