Helping Others Connect Their Motivations

A close up of an engine's drive belts illustrates how helping others define their motivations shows what drives them.

What personally motivates each individual on your team is complexly unique to them, and that’s a good thing. Just as diversity on a team with a common purpose serves the organization more effectively, diversity of motivations can connect various components for greater momentum. Let’s take a look at helping others identify their personal motives. Purpose […]

Identifying Your Own Personal Motives

diver with personal motives to explore a ship

The question, “Why do we do what we do?” could lead to existential angst, if you chose to see it that way. Or it could be the beginning of a productive dive into understanding your own personal motivation. The deeper the dive, the more you and your team will find to help with productivity and […]

Why Demonstrate Integrity as an Example for Others

A gold compass pointing to integrity

Setting an example worth following requires the establishment of a commonly understood “true north” (not to be confused with “magnetic north”). But it’s not an impossible task. Set your internal compass on demonstrating integrity, and you will lead with significance.  That’s a great sentiment in theory, but how does that translate into building and maintaining […]

The Difference Between Integrity and Authenticity

A coin is in the process of falling onto a table. Integrity and Authenticity are two sides of the same coin.

Why, in some old movies, does the character who receives a coin sometimes clench it between his teeth? To tell if it is solid gold or just gold-plated lead, which is softer. What is the difference between integrity and authenticity?  It is not that one is real and the other is not. While integrity is […]

Catch People Doing It Right: Celebrating Success in the Workplace

a group of people celebrating success in the workplace

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind. If you’re not careful,  you may end up valuing the product more than you value the person behind the product, a big misstep. So, how do you keep a continual eye on the benefits of building a healthy team? The answer is: Catch people doing […]

3 Approaches for Setting Clear Expectations

two women in an office discuss strategies for setting employee expectations

One way to ensure success among your team is by being clear and upfront about your expectations. To establish a healthy work system, focus on what your employees need to achieve success, which, if articulated clearly, encompasses the company’s success as well. The health of your work environment largely depends on your ability to communicate […]

Why Performance Evaluations Fail 

A sticky note with performance evaluation good and bad

On the face of it, performance evaluations are useful tools that ensure proper guidance and success for your team members. They can also help keep the organization in ship shape. If this is the case, then why are so many employees frustrated and belittled while employers are left at a loss? Why do performance evaluations […]

How to Respond to the “You’re not listening to me!” Complaint

“You’re not listening to me!” No doubt we have all heard that cry before. Usually its accompanied with a stomped foot, a reddened face, and an elevated tone of voice. And just as certainly we have responded with some version of “I am too listening to you.” And this litany of woe goes round and round […]

Are You Really Communicating?

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a leader say to me some variation of, “Well, I sent an email . . .” The presumption made here on the part of such leaders is that they did their job in communicating to their audience and it is the fault of the […]