Are you only half the leader you could be? See if you have this limiting self-belief

In their latest post for Fast Company online, management experts Scott and Ken Blanchard share that, “One of the big mistakes we see among otherwise promising managers is the self-limiting belief that they have to choose between results and people, or between their own goals and the goals of others. We often hear these people say,…

3 Ways to Put Life Into Deadly Virtual Team Meetings

Ever had this experience as a virtual member of a face-to-face team meeting? You dial into a conference phone. You can’t hear what people are saying. You can’t see the documents, slides, or whiteboards people are referencing, and there is no easy way for you to get the group’s attention to ask a question or…

The More You Give, The More You Get (A new strategy for performance management in 2013)

It’s that time of year when we get together, give gifts, and rekindle relationships with people we haven’t seen since last year.  No, no—not the holidays—I’m talking about the ongoing performance review season. For the past several weeks (and several weeks ahead for procrastinators) managers around the world have been meeting with their direct reports…

7 Ways to Influence Employee Well-Being in the New Year

During a party to celebrate bringing Optimal Motivation™ to market this year, the conversation turned to the games we play in our personal time, and stories about our pets. Victoria has a very special and very feisty cat that likes to be petted, but only on its head.  Miss the mark and you are likely to…

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…

Is this common employee question killing performance in your organization?

If there was one question I’d like to hurl into deep space, “What’s in it for me?” would be it. The main reason is that the “What’s in it for me?” question breaks down our hope that we might accomplish something special together, and all be better for it. When individuals prioritize their own needs…

Research shows managers and direct reports misidentify what motivates each other

Do you know what motivates others at work?  Probably not explains Dr. David Facer in a recent article for Training magazine.  Facer, a motivation expert and senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies, points to research from Duke University where subjects were asked to rate what motivates them individually, and what motivates peers and…

Competition and Innovation—Are you a fear-based organization?

Senior leaders play an important role in setting the cultural tone in their organizations.  Without a shift in thinking at the top of an organization, it is almost impossible to change an organization’s culture. In a new article for Fast Company online, Scott and Ken Blanchard share a story and discuss the results of a study…

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…

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…