Coaching & Motivating

Standing tall as a teammate

February 1, 2009
At 7 feet, 4 inches tall, Mark Eaton never has to look up to anyone. But he admires skilled performers who strengthen their team.

Goad your group to ask for help

November 1, 2008
Teams thrive when participants freely ask each other for help. Everyone grows closer when members give and receive ideas, advice and information.

Forge a bond with a little self-disclosure

November 1, 2008
It’s hard to motivate people if they perceive you as a distant authority figure. When you try to rally the troops, they may think, “This person doesn’t care about me.”

A little vulnerability packs a big punch

October 1, 2008
Some leaders work mightily not to expose any vulnerability. They wrap themselves in a know-it-all protective coating, offering a ready answer to almost any question. They refuse to say, “I don’t know.”

Help workers focus on the long-range goals

September 1, 2008
Refocus employees who get bogged down during problem solving. Remind them of the long-term organizational objective.

Money: an overrated motivational tool

September 1, 2008
Most workers love money. But that doesn’t mean it should dominate your attempts to motivate them. Peter Drucker believed that money is a short-term motivator at best.

A new approach to brainstorming

September 1, 2008
Prepare for a new kind of brainstorming called Message Mapping.

Draft a charter to drive success

September 1, 2008
The highest-performing teams know their purpose. If you ask each person separately to state the team’s mission, each of them would give the same answer.

Raise the bar for the rest of 2008

August 1, 2008
If your team is coasting through the summer, now’s the time to lead it aggressively to pick up the pace for the rest of the year.

Turn negatives to your advantage

August 1, 2008
In rough times, managers need to motivate more than ever. From soaring gas prices to the threat of layoffs, swirling negativity can crush your employees’ spirit.