Should I Work from Home? 6 questions to consider before you put in your request

Working from home can improve employee productivity and satisfaction and provide substantial cost savings for businesses.  But is it right for everyone? Not necessarily. Even organizations with the most successful work from home programs confirm that some individuals work better in an office environment than they do from a home office. What about you?  Here…

A Glimmer of Hope: When Leaders Get It Right

I just arrived back from beautiful Fujairah—one of the northernmost emirates in the UAE—where we held the final module of six in a 15-month leadership development curriculum for a global technology company. The total program included modules around personality, values, organization vision and alignment, leadership style, high performing teams, change management, and motivation—the gamut. This…

Employees Not Accountable at Work? They probably have a good reason—3 ways to find out

Accountability, accountability, accountability.  It’s an issue that comes up time and again as leaders and HR professionals think about the one underlying challenge in their organizations that holds performance back.  It’s a silent killer that operates below the surface in organizations and it’s tough to address. A best-selling business book (and one that I had…

Trying to help someone change? Make sure you follow these five steps

“Change is hard,” explains Madeleine Homan-Blanchard in a new article for Chief Learning Officer. And being asked to help someone change is a tough assignment—especially when that someone is a senior leader in your organization—just ask anyone responsible for learning and development and they’ll tell you. Have you been asked to help someone change? Here…

Join us for today’s webinar: A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation

. Join best-selling business author Susan Fowler for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern). In a special presentation on A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation Fowler will be sharing some of the research underlying Blanchard’s new Optimal Motivation program and workshops.  Participants will explore three…

What’s your motivation at work? 3 questions to ask yourself

Want to motivate others? Start by learning how to motivate yourself. That’s the message that best-selling author Susan Fowler highlights in a recent article for Ignite! In Fowler’s experience, you have to understand your own reasons for performing at a high level before you can help others do the same. Without that understanding, most managers…

How do you deal with emotion at work?

Scott Blanchard, principal and executive vice president at The Ken Blanchard Companies calls it the new “F” word—feelings.  And it is something that managers and organizations struggle with on a regular basis.  Should you ask people to repress feelings and “check them at the door” or should you encourage people to bring their entire selves…

Top five reasons why employees join and stay with organizations

A new Towers Watson research paper is shedding some light on what attracts employees to an organization (and what keeps them there after they’ve joined.)  The 2012 Global Workforce Study includes responses from 32,000 employees in 29 markets around the world. Here’s what people said attracts them to an organization and what would cause them to leave.…