Category Archives: motivation

What’s Wrong with the Carrot and Stick Approach?

In a nutshell, there is plenty that’s wrong about the carrot and stick approach. Yet, managers have not been given the tools or witnessed a better way to harness workers’…

Are You Feedback Deficient? Three Tips

Did you receive feedback from your manager today? Was it meaningful? Did it motivate you to work harder, better, or more efficiently? If your responses to these questions are “no,…

Job Satisfaction – Some Great Tips

Recently I read an article entitled “10 Psychological Keys to Job Satisfaction” and was impressed with the relevance and the succinctness of the piece.  The two points I found most…

Motivation and Commitment – Only Needs to Last 30 Days

How are your 2014 New Year’s resolutions coming? Are you eating more healthfully? Have you been exercising more frequently? And what about arriving to work earlier? These are all commendable…

3 Great Pieces of Advice

Earlier this month, 64-year old Diana Nyad gave three pieces of advice immediately after she emerged from the water, after swimming 52-hours from Havana, Cuba to Florida.  On September 2,…

Weekend and Workday Wisdom from Steve Jobs

Steve Job's 2005 commencement address to Standford's graduating class is as relevant today as it was then. If you watched it a few years ago, it's worth a second viewing….

Mixed Signals – How to Stamp Out This Common Communication Barrier

Last week I gave a short talk about common communication barriers. Although the list I normally present to students in the organizational behavior class I teach contains nine points, I…

3 Tips for Living an Inspired Life

Are you living an inspired life? If you cannot quickly identify something that inspires and motivates you on a daily basis and also connect that inspiration to choices you make…

Indy’s Mini-Marathon – Motivating and Inspiring

What could be more motivating than participating in the world’s largest half marathon?  It was great to be a part of the 35,000 people excited to run or walk 13.1 miles this morning. …

Rate Your Company’s Culture – Positive, Uncertain or Toxic?

The importance of a positive company culture is well-documented and is finally getting the attention it deserves – from business magazine articles, academic journals, and employees. The culture of a…