Coaching & Motivating

Through choppy waters: How to motivate employees through tough times

March 24, 2020
Just as the coach of a losing team can be the force that keeps players giving their all down to the last second of the game, managers have an opportunity to make a significant impact on how their employees perceive times of challenge—even when the company chips are down.

Motivate staff: 3 tips

March 13, 2020
How can you encourage employees to finish a difficult task or keep up a sustained effort over a long time? Focus on what’s been accomplished, not simply what must still be done. Use past triumphs as the foundation for moving forward.

Coronavirus tactics: Managing a remote staff

March 13, 2020
Want to get the most from your remote staff? Showing that out of sight does not mean out of mind encourages them to step up their game and contribute to the company’s development.

On a recognition mission

February 28, 2020
Simple ways a manager can make employees feel they are truly appreciated.

Should you praise publicly or privately?

February 26, 2020
Here are some guidelines to help you make your decision.

Go easy on young workers’ ideas

February 26, 2020
Your younger workers will sometimes offer ideas that really aren’t that good. But you should never shoot down the employees who bring them. Their willingness to take risks is priceless.

Rephrase questions for better results

February 14, 2020
Here’s a startling suggestion, from strategy + business magazine, for handling the situation when an employee underperforms: Don’t mention it—at least, not directly.

Intervention time: Fixing 3 motivation killers

January 23, 2020
Employee burnout and disengagement can be hard to extinguish once it sets in, but managers who understand what motivates employees—and what derails it—can proactively build teams that stay energized by their work. Here are three reasons motivated employees lose interest in their jobs, and how you can intervene before all motivation is lost.

…A worker falls into a prolonged funk

January 22, 2020
For whatever reason, employees sometimes fall into a disgruntled funk. If the mood persists, it’s time for the talk. Here are four steps to take.

How to lead older employees

January 9, 2020
While generational tension is certainly not uncommon in the professional world, it’s not an insurmountable issue. In fact, it can be a leverageable asset. Here are some things to keep in mind when leading your elders.