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So what do you do when you hit the wall?

Sometimes it is not simply fatigue but symptom of something deeper. You feel that you are lacking in creativity and, as a result, you are not challenging yourself or your team to achieve their best. You need help!

So find a partner — someone you can trust to give you good advice.[…] Continue Reading »

It seems so simple: do what you love. Follow your bliss. Only do what you’re passionate about.

So on and so forth.

In life, these poetic ideas sound ideal, but the reality is, love is not always a good enough reason to start a business and a successful business needs more than passion alone.

Love and passion may be the catalyst behind work, but purpose is what sustains and grows business.[…] Continue Reading »

For decades, management science has concerned itself with researching and developing sophisticated systems for understanding and unleashing employee motivation. In organizations, we’ve experimented with countless combinations of possible solutions to arrive at that magical motivational mix. We’ve tried:

  • Compensation, bonuses, and different takes on doling out the almighty dollar to inspire employees
  • Recognition in a variety of flavors, including verbal reinforcement, physical tokens and reminders, and exotic trips
  • Team structures that support relationships and greater autonomy
  • Enticing work spaces (because what says ‘motivation’ more than a pool table and hanging out with Fido from 9 to 5?)
  • Flexible schedules and remote working opportunities

Is it possible that we’ve over-engineered a complex solution to a simple problem?[…] Continue Reading »

The recent criminal indictments of 35 Atlanta school administrators and teachers at the root of that district’s test-cheating scandal show just how far some people will go when incentives are so lucrative.

Other school systems — including those in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and El Paso, Texas — have experienced similar cheating on standardized tests.[…] Continue Reading »

Here’s something that might surprise you: The best leaders do not attempt to motivate their employees, athletes, students or children.

In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long. However, those who know the difference between leadership and motivation create a different legacy; their impact on others endures.[…] Continue Reading »