Coaching & Motivating

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.

Show, don’t tell, to empower workers

January 2, 2020
It’s not enough to merely tell employees that they are “empowered” to make business decisions. The best managers find ways to show employees that they are empowered. Here are three tactics you can use to let employees know you trust them to make decisions.

Conduct accountability conversations

January 2, 2020
Don’t be frustrated about mistakes. Be frustrated by employees’ refusal to take responsibility for them. Follow this process to encourage employees to take ownership of their mistakes.

Avoid 5 dangers of praising

December 20, 2019
Praise is one of the most popular forms of motivation. Surprisingly, however, it may not always work as intended. Here are five reasons to praise carefully or not at all, from the book Management of the Absurd, by Richard Farson.

Wield the 6 principles of influence

October 31, 2019
“Being Indispensable” podcast host Liz Van Vliet applies Dr. Robert Cialdini’s principles to an EA’s role.

Compassionate management: How supervisors can help employees deal with ADHD

September 13, 2019
In recognition of October being ADHD Awareness Month, here’s a look at dealing with ADHD at work and what managers can do to help.

Motivate entry-level workers

August 28, 2019
Motivating rising stars is a breeze. But trying to ignite the passions of minimum-wage workers requires more effort. They may not feel like true participants in the company’s success—unless you go the extra mile. Here’s how.

4 ways managers can cultivate intrinsic motivation

August 14, 2019
Intrinsically motivated employees want to succeed because of the internal benefit they experience—like pride or perhaps the internal satisfaction of simply feeling they’ve been productive.