Category Archive: Motivation

How to Help Cautious Decision-Makers Make Commitments

Great results require meaningful commitments. A commitment is saying NO many times in service to a meaningful YES. The truth about MAYBE: I hate MAYBE. Just say yes or no! Maybe is worse… Continue reading

Why Performance Declines After Praise

Generally speaking, it’s better to praise someone for not smoking than warning them about lung cancer. But we typically default to warnings. When you see a friend smoking, what’s the first thing you… Continue reading

How to Show Up, Stir Up, Build Up, and Shut Up

If you let your mind wander, you’ll end up where you don’t want to go. Give your personal leadership focus and direction. #1. Show Up. Bring your best self to work by determining… Continue reading

The Top Three Communication Issues That Hold Leaders Back

The top three communication issues that hold leaders back: 63% – Not recognizing employee achievement. 57% – Not giving clear direction. 52% – Not having time to meet with employees. (Source: Interact/Harris Poll)… Continue reading

Inspiration from Automated Messages, Playful Competition, and High Fives

Don’t tell anyone. But last night I trotted around our house so I could see an automated message from my Fitbit.  Automated messages motivate. If you asked what I was doing, I’d say,… Continue reading

The Feeling of an Organization is Leadership’s Responsibility

The feeling of an organization is leadership’s responsibility. Left to chance, the lights go out. Organizational morale evaluates leadership. I’ve seen people smile, wave, and shout, “Hey,” when leaders walk through a plant.… Continue reading