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How Great Leaders Motivate Other People

I’ve been exploring employee motivation and how great leaders motivate other people. This topic comes up frequently in my coaching practice: If it weren’t hard enough to motivate ourselves when tired or bored, it’s even harder to persuade others into action. At one time, it was believed that you used rewards (carrots) to encourage behaviors and […]
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Motivate People without Over Managing or Micromanaging

I don’t doubt that most managers truly want to motivate people to peak performance; it’s the way they go about it that backfires. In a fervent desire to teach people what they know to be true (after all, it worked to get them promoted to management, right?), some managers enthusiastically over-manage. Over-management can also manifest […]
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3 Ways to Motivate People at Work

Motivating people to do great work is a continual challenge for managers. The truth is you can’t really motivate anyone, they have to motivate themselves. Yet companies invest in incentives and reward programs, and hope for the best. Don’t be fooled. Science tells us that people are motivated to satisfy three psychological needs: Autonomy Relatedness […]
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Once Again: What Motivates People At Work?

Most business leaders have lost sight of what motivates people at work. In fact, some companies haven’t updated their incentive practices in years, which means they’re incapable of creating high-performance teams. Companies continue to ignore the obvious: Offering incentives and rewards is less effective than tapping into truly meaningful intrinsic motivation. Leaders operate on old […]
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4 Basic Human Drives: Understanding What Motivates Us

No matter how savvy we are, when it comes to human behaviors at work, we’re often stumped. People act in mysterious ways, especially when they feel threatened. In Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices (Jossey Bass, 2001), authors Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria propose a four basic human drives that motivate everything we […]
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The Real Reason Fear Won’t Motivate

There’s a danger in using fear to motivate people. When you present a “burning platform” story to spur your people into action, there are inherent risks. People may jump into action, but will it be the right action? Will it be purposeful? Most of the big problems we encounter in organizations or society are ambiguous […]
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How Do You Motivate People at Work?

One of the earliest studies of human behavior at work was done at AT&T’s Western Electric Hawthorne Plant from 1927 by Harvard’s Elton Mayo and published in a report by F. J. Roethlisberger and W. Dickson, Management and the Worker. Their principle findings are still relevant today: when workers have an opportunity to contribute their […]
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World’s Best Boss:
Manager AND Leader

Do you have the best blend of manager and leader skills to be called the “World’s Best Boss?” Administrators who cling to a sole management or leadership approach handicap their organizations, and are not likely to be nominated the best boss of anything.
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Management vs. Leadership:
Your Purpose and Focus

As a business administrator, what’s your purpose and focus? Is it management, or leadership? As I wrote in my last post, the definitions of managers and leaders are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate. If you’ve categorized yourself as one vs. the other, you’ve likely been influenced by specific definitions you’ve […]
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Make Change Stick: 3 Questions for Success

Even the most successful leaders have tried and failed to make change stick, while others seem more successful. What makes the difference? As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we humans have far less personal control than we like to think we have. We largely go about our days operating out of automatic patterns […]
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