Coaching & Motivating

Boost your team’s problem-solving skills

May 1, 2006
Working together to solve problems and create opportunities is one of the great inherent benefits of workplace teamwork. Here are some steps you can take with your team to boost its effectiveness:

Everyday ways to boost motivation

May 1, 2006
Without built-in motivation, work is just a job. But with it, work becomes an extension of a team member’s personal­ity, values and desire for success and satis­faction.

Putting ‘we’ in the workplace

May 1, 2006
The “we” approach is far more satisfying, productive and effective than handling employees as a col­lection of separate individuals.

The things that make a team real

January 1, 2006
Plenty of “team leaders” find it hard to know what to do to really engage in continuous team building and make a workgroup more than the sum of its parts. Here are some ques­tions to ask:

Simple steps to increase workers’ motivation

December 1, 2005
When a manager says, “I wish I could motivate Alex,” that usually means “I wish I could get Alex to do the job better.” Here are six keys to doing exactly that.

Succeed as a coach, not a critic

October 1, 2005
“Coaching” doesn’t mean telling people what they’ve done wrong; rather, it’s telling your team members what and how they can do right.

Take command of the battle against boredom

October 1, 2005
Managers have the power to keep our people from being bored. Because we can help our team members see the purpose in what they do—how it helps the team, the enterprise, the world and each of us as individuals. In the battle against workplace boredom, we’re the commanders.

Leading Teams: Promote real accountability

September 1, 2005
“If you’re not good at relationships, you can and will fail.” That’s according to change-management consultant Morris R. Shechtman, author of Fifth Wave Leadership: The Internal Frontier. “When you care enough about people to invest in a caring, honest, challenging relationship with them, you breed accountability.”

Fighting employee boredom at work

June 1, 2005
As a hands-on manager, you’re in the perfect position to fight boredom at work. This means you can head off the mistakes, missed opportunities, absenteeism and turnover that result when work becomes too routine. Here are some techniques to try:

Getting top employees out of a workplace rut

June 1, 2005
When good workers seem to be simply going through the motions, it may be because they’re riding on the career merry-go-round—wanting to try something new, but unable to get away from what they’re already doing. Here are some questions to ask them: