Motivation

Peter Smith's picture

Leading when you don't want to be there!

One of the hardest things to do as a Leader is to retain that energy and enthusiasm when you dont want to be there.

Recently something happened and I lost my enthusiasm, while I struggle with that and ponder my next steps...... will I stay or will I go?  How do my actions affect my team?

I strongly believe that to be a Leader you need to sacrifice yourself at times for others, in the Bible they often call it being a 'servant leader' and this means you need to put the needs of your team and their growth before your own.

Michael Allison's picture

Let's Take the Complexity Out of Leadership!

There is so much to continually read about leadership that anyone researching the subject can easily become very confused as to what leadership really is and what an effective leader should be doing. I firmly believe that if we're going to help anyone become leadership material, we must try to boil leadership down to the simplest form that we can. The discussion of leadership, in my view, has almost taken on a sort of philosophical overtone, which I personally am not comfortable with.

So let's try to make the subject of leadership a little simpler for all of us to understand.

Kate Moor's picture

Belief

The second in my motivational series for 2009.   This is about belief,  A combination of beautiful pics, inspiring quotes with a few of mine thrown in for good measure.

Carlos Gondo's picture

Time invested inspiring Jr resources

Good day!

Today I was able to participate in three different junior resources generation initiatives being conducted by my team.

 In the first meeting, I was able to speak to candidates to a professional position in my team. A Team of 7 people being trained by one of the Master professionals, a.k.a. Master Yoda, to assume in 2 months, a trainee position in my team. I was able to talk a little bit about the profession, the perspectives and why the position was a very cool one.

Michael Scully's picture

The real power within: a tip from new member Michael

New Hub member Michael Scully shared this with me, below, and I think it's a powerful way of helping people feel less powerless in the face of the global financial maelstrom, the downturn and, on a more mundane note, how to deal with the lows of each day or week and focus them (and you!) on resilience. Michael said I could post it here. Do tell him what you think of this and if you found it useful. Thanks. Obviously, do credit Michael if you use this technique anywhere to help boost morale and 'can do' spirit. Phil Dourado

Anonymous's picture

A Little Extra

Employees have been beaten down quite a bit over the past couple of decades - Downsizing, rightsizing, offshoring, etc. They have been asked to work more, while salary increases have been sparse. Joe and Wanda, how do you get employees to do that little extra – take on that additional project for instance?

Form more, click here.

Phil Dourado's picture

The Art of Motivation: Harvard's 'powerful new model'

Motivation and High Performance

Harvard Business Review's 'summer reading' (their big summer edition) has a big piece on motivation. Timely, as motivation can dip drastically in a downturn, with employees worried about their finances, their job and the future.

The piece draws on the trendy 'neuroscience of leadership' - using MRI scanners to see which areas of the brain light up to show activity and engagement - and says that there are four key drivers of motivation:

The Architect's picture

Inspire Me: Ben Zander on 'Do their (and your) eyes shine?'

There was a survey of happiness at work. Orchestra members came second from the bottom, just above prison guards. Chamber musicians came top. What's the difference between chamber musicians and orchestra musicians?

Sheryl Tullis's picture

Sideline Super Bowl MVP

Who has the football from the last pass Brett Farve threw in his NFL career?  And a new Super Bowl ring?

It's the person credited with leading the Giants to the Super Bowl after a turn-around season. 

And he never made a single play -- just a motivational speech.

LTC Greg Gadson, my West Point classmate, lost both his legs to a bomb in Iraq.  But fellow classmate and Army Football teammate Mike Sullivan, now on the Giant's coaching staff, knew despite what Greg had lost, he still had a lot to offer.  So he brought Greg to talk to the struggling NFL team.

Anonymous's picture

Blue Ocean Strategy - Motivation for Implementation

In their book, Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne talk about how to motivate the troops to execute a strategy. They discourage the traditional approach of creating grand strategic visions propagated by massive top-down mobilization initiatives that are very expensive and usually only inspire lip service.