Leadership Carrot

New Study Shows “Carrot and Stick” Motivation Isn’t Much Better than “Not Interested”

Carrot and stick motivational schemes may drive short term compliance, but they don’t work very well when it comes to increasing long term performance, retention, effort, endorsement, or even intentions to be a good organizational citizen. That’s what researchers at The Ken Blanchard Companies found when they looked at the impact different motivational outlooks have…

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Coaching Tuesday: 7 Guidelines for Giving Feedback

In today’s work environment, managers are increasingly asked to be more coach-like when working with their direct reports. This includes coaching for performance, coaching for development, and coaching to build skills. But one important coaching skill has proven to be a big challenge for most leaders—providing sensitive feedback to team members. Managers often find delivering…

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Are You A Workplace Freedom Fighter?

Each of us views the world through a lens shaped by our own personality and experiences.  For leaders, it takes a great deal of awareness and thought not to get caught up in the be like me syndrome. This is especially true when you are a Freedom Fighter, one of seven characters we have been…

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Empowerment—One Time When It’s Not a Good Idea

I am, by profession, an executive coach. Part of my job is to advocate fiercely for a client’s best self and to champion possibility. Still, I am often asked, “What do you do if you really don’t think the person is capable of accomplishing the goals they’ve set?” My answer is always, “Who am I…