Friday, December 14, 2018

Is Laziness a Powerful Motivator?

Could laziness be the most powerful motivator of all? And if it is, how can you use this to your advantage?As a people watcher...

Interesting Things Google Does re Its People

I recently attended a presentation by Shannon Deegan, Google's Director of People.Now, a lot has been written about this company and how it is...

(Re)Frame their Job as Something that Matters

Richard Florida is a provocative thinker around social and economic issues. He first became noticed from his book, The Rise of the Creative Class....

Employee Engagement in Action–an Example

I actually came across this article from Forbes.com in 2009 but never got around to sharing it.The piece tells about Douglas Conant, the new...

4 ways great leaders use the 4-Drive Model to impact employee’s motivation

How leaders can impact employee’s motivation using the 4-Drive Theory The 4-Drive Theory of Employee Motivation states that there are four main drives that...

Stressing Metrics Has a Downside

A client organization of mine has a culture that values measuring everything. This makes good business sense. It enables you to monitor, recalibrate and...

NeuroEngagement: Using Insights from Brain Science to Heighten Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is all the rage these days. It’s commonly touted as the key to transforming an organization from good to great.When a new...

Does Job Satisfaction Lead to Better Results?

This question has been studied for decades and no direct relationship has been established. Despite what would seem to be a slam-dunk connection, happier...

Employee Engagement: Getting an ROI Out of Your Most Valuable Asset

Our tumultuous economic climate is forcing many business owners to make many tough choices.  But the bottom-line to remaining competitive is to stay committed...

People Just Want to be Noticed…and Appreciated

I came across a quote from Oprah Winfrey, interviewed in the Dec. 26/10 issue of Parade : Everybody just wants to be heard…Do your eyes...

Rethinking the 4-Drive Model of Employee Motivation

I have been touting the 4-Drive Model of Employee Motivation since I first read the 2008 Harvard Business Review article "Employee Motivation: A Powerful...

Keep (Career) Development on the Table

In the hurly burly of meeting deadlines, doing more with less, and achieving performance goals, it is easy to forget to keep up the...

Five Engaging Questions about Engagement

The research and consulting firm, BlessingWhite, is currently offering a complimentary 2 1/2 hour session, called "Impacting Engagement in 2011: The Leader's Role," in...

The Four Strategic HR Challenges for the Upcoming Decade

Boston Consulting Group, in conjunction with an association of people management associations worldwide, completed a comprehensive on-line + live interviews study on how they...

Employee Engagement-Just Part of the Puzzle

I recently attended a "Leadership Briefing" presentation, organized by Leadership Fairfax, which featured two stimulating Towers Watson consultants, Max Caldwell and Jennifer Meder.The latest...

How to achieve top motivation – a case study

A few months ago, we had the wonderful pleasure of spending a day interviewing 11 people at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center to try to uncover their secret - because they have gotten the formula right on employee motivation. Anyone who has ever stepped into their facility outside of Minneapolis can attest to the customer service mentality that every employee exhibits - from the front desk, to housekeeping, to the chefs, groundskeepers, and even in accounting.There is a definite difference in how the majority of these employees "show up" at their job everyday and how they view and take care of their "guests". They are truly a company that is doing something right. Here is a quick overview of some of the findings we found: