Motivation

Increase Productivity: Slowing Down to Speed Up

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I recently listened to an interview with Mario Andretti. When asked his best advice to business leaders, his response caught my attention. It was a way to increase productivity. He responded, “Slow down so you can speed up.”

Now you might be thinking that makes no sense. That doesn’t really apply to business.

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Who Cares About Employee Engagement?

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All the time, we see themes become popular in management. They seem like fads…something that will gain hype and eventually die down again. And by the time you implement a process, your employees have already found something else that’s more important. But one of those themes never went away: Employee Engagement. Whether you call it engagement or another term like accountability, ownership, empowerment, or commitment, it all revolves around creating an environment where employees act interdependently to drive your organization’s success. So, if you thought this was another fad, take out your notepad and write this down…It’s NOT.

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You’re out of luck… Or are you?

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Have you ever known one of those people that are just lucky? No matter what they do, luck follows them. Things always work out; when they find themselves in a bind, something magical happens to fix it. Then you sulk to yourself and think… Why can’t I be that lucky?

Have you ever considered, though, that there could be more to luck than meets the eye? A 1998 study once found that people “who take advantage of happenstance have competence, self-confidence, and the ability to take risks.” And Richard Wiseman, the author of The Luck Factor, says that really, it’s not about luck at all. It’s the individual who makes his own good fortune or bad fortune. So technically, doesn’t that mean that YOU can determine your own luck?

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Plan to Rock in 2016!

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We’ve all done it. It’s a new year. We make a resolution to diet and lose weight. You go to the store, prep all your meals, and create a plan to go to the gym. By the time Monday morning rolls around, you are ready to start your week! You eat healthy all week, go to the gym, and get plenty of sleep. You jump on the scale and BOOM! Down three pounds! Success!

Now it’s the weekend, and time for a reward. You’re feeling good. One bad meal won’t hurt you. Then it becomes two bad meals. And then Sunday, you don’t feel like prepping meals or planning gym time for the next week. And guess what happens? You are off track and unmotivated.
 

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Keeping The Saw Sharp

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One of my favorite quotes comes from Abe Lincoln.  He is cited as saying, “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” Basically, he would spend two-thirds of his time improving the tools that make him effective at his work. Sounds easy, but how can a person remember to spend time sharpening instead of continuing to struggle through life’s daily challenges?

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Believe in Your People – Employee Appreciation Day

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When you think about the success of your company or department, what comes to mind? To whom do you attribute your wins? Is it because your manager set clear deadlines? Is it because you rocked the proposal that you delivered? Or was it because of your people?

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Continuous Improvement: The Key to Continuous Success

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What you do today could very well be the thing that causes you to fail in the future. Whoa. We know…Take a moment. We’ll explain. As human beings, we want to be successful. It’s in our nature to have dreams, plans, and big ideas. It’s exciting. And those ideas cause us to push forward, to innovate, and to seek continuous improvement.

Once we reach a goal, we celebrate. And once we finally meet our standard of “successful,” we feel like we can finally breathe. We can finally slow down and cruise. But unlike a car, pumping the brakes in this context is like throwing it in reverse. And it could actually send us backward – to where we started, or worse, even farther back than that. It’s okay to enjoy your success. But it’s not okay to forget the very principles that made you successful in the first place. Ask yourself this: What made you successful?

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Trust…From the Employee’s Perspective

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One thing that makes employees unhappy is working for a company that doesn’t believe in them. From an employee perspective, we don’t want to be given the “easy” tasks. We want responsibility. We want trust. To know that you are comfortable giving things to us, even if you’re unsure of the outcome. We want to know that you are willing to let us go through our trial-and-error phase. Will we always knock it out of the ballpark the very first time? Probably not. But the fact that you’re willing to let us try – that’s worth the effort.

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How Are You Doing On Your Goals?

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Every year, usually at the beginning, we set goals. We make resolutions and commit to making changes. In both our personal lives and in business. What often happens, though, is that we set them, and don’t ever review how we did…not until the end of the year, anyway. By then, it’s way too late to make any changes or do anything about the goals that we never achieved. It’s also too late to celebrate our successes, and time to set new goals!

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Stuck in a Rut

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Every now and then we all find ourselves in a mental funk or stuck in a rut. No one around you really knows this is what you’re feeling or thinking. You like your job. No one is really doing anything wrong…it’s just a funk! What do you do about it?

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