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Does Your Boss Have His Head in the Sand? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine,  As a sales and marketing manager in my company, I have been raising flags regarding the way we are responding to the market shrinking and business conditions. I see us headed for a critical situation soon and have suggested several solutions to our GM. He simply doesn’t listen. He refuses to take any…

What motivates you at work? Here are six possibilities

In a recent webinar on A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation, best-selling business author Susan Fowler opened with an interesting question for attendees, “Why are you here?”  And it wasn’t just a rhetorical question.  Fowler wanted attendees to take a minute and assess what their motivation was for attending.  Here’s what she…

How to Say “NO” to Your Boss When Appropriate–5 strategies

One of the “rewards” of being a high performer is being asked to do more and more until you discover one day that it is just too much. You are working extra hours just to keep up. Your work and life are suffering and you don’t have time for your family and friends. It doesn’t…

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…