A great message that many of us grew up hearing: You’re special just the way you are. But this is a fact that can easily be forgotten with all the books and tips (like this one!) on how to be “better”. There is nothing more important than knowing and being you, especially when you are a….
We often think of inspiration and motivation to be interchangeable concepts; the reality is that they are related yet very different. You can “motivate” your employees to do their work, or you can “inspire” them with seeing how they contribute. When you motivate someone, you are pushing them to do something. The external impetus-motivation to….
Um, this email is all about, ah, how you, um, communicate with, er, others. When you’re speaking with your co-workers, manager, and customers, it’s vitally important that you can clearly communicate with them. There are two traps that we can fall into that prevent us from doing so. First, little verbal ticks, like um, uh, like,….
The tempting thing about the status quo is that it is easy. It requires no work, no effort, and no courage. It can be comfortable, and this is a huge danger to the workplace. You want your employees to be active, to constantly be growing. You want a courageous workforce who will push themselves and….
There is a lot of talk about Millennials today and how to best work with them. They are not necessarily driven by the same aspirations and desires as prior generations. Millennials want to know that they are doing something that matters, that they are making a difference. This is true of almost all employees. To….
Today is a special day: Yom Kippur. This holiday is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what….
There are few things less pleasant than being employed in a toxic workplace. It can drain your energy, your enthusiasm, and your drive. The source of the toxic energy can often be your boss, your coworkers, or your subordinates. Learning to cope and developing endurance is a necessary survival skill. No matter who they are,….
Being the boss sometimes means making the tough choices that no one else wants to make. Have you ever been faced with what looks like two equally bad choices? There are no other options, yet, you will need to take one of these two unappealing roads. In Jonah Lehrer’s book, How We Decide, you will….
Very few people in successful companies work alone. Although all your employees are individuals, it is in groups and teams where you want them to shine. Your role is to support your groups so they develop the teamwork skills that will allow them to excel together and define success. Sometimes, this requires the outside perspective….
Problem solving – great leaders are always looking for problems. The TODAY and the TOMORROW ones. These visionaries can then inspire the team to anticipate and plan out solutions in a collaborative way, before chaos emerges. As a leader, the strength of foresight and the discipline to seek challenges coming before they start to affect….