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Companies that perform well over time have one thing in common: highly motivated employees. But motivated employees don’t just happen naturally, and they don’t always stay that way.

To improve motivation companywide, leadership teams need to know why their employees show up to work and what makes that work fulfilling. This is the same concept at play when companies put themselves into their customers’ shoes to understand what they want at a detailed level.[…] Continue Reading »

Would you buy a car without giving it a test drive? Probably not. It’s a big expenditure, and you want something that satisfies your needs and feels good. You want to see how it runs and try it out on the conditions important to you — urban streets, highway, etc. If it’s not a good fit, you avoid making an expensive mistake.[…] Continue Reading »

Each month, When Growth Stalls examines why businesses and brands struggle and how they can overcome their obstacles and resume growth. Steve McKee is the president of McKee Wallwork + Co., an advertising agency that specializes in working with stalled, stuck and stale brands. The company was recognized by Advertising Age as 2015 Southwest Small Agency of the Year.[…] Continue Reading »

Do you have “still face” managers in your organization? By “still face” managers I mean supervisors whose lack of emotion makes it difficult for them to connect and to get people fired up. They seem unable to express appropriate emotion when interacting with others. The disconnection the other person experiences can be confusing, discouraging or lead to reaching a wrong conclusion.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How effective is your organization’s goal-setting process?

  • Very — we have clear and actionable goals all the time: 20%
  • Somewhat — we set goals for big items but not smaller ones: 31%
  • Not very — our goal-setting is inconsistent: 40% 
  • Not at all — what’s a goal?: 9%

Set a Destination.[…] Continue Reading »