How Motivation Really Works

One of the signs of great leadership is the ability to help people perform at high levels, long-term.  Fear can be a powerful motivator for the short-term, but in time it loses it's power and it cannot help people be their best.  Fear shuts people down and if the fear and pressure are too great, it shuts people down completely.  This is a scientific fact.  Brain imagery studies show that when too … [Read more...]

Why You Cannot Motivate People

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Motivation and leadership are words that go together.  It has often been said that one of the signs of a great leader is that they know how to motivate people.  Apparently that is not true.  More and more research says that we can’t motivate others.  Why? Everyone is Already Motivated In her latest book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does, Susan Fowler says that leaders cannot … [Read more...]

Turning Problems into Possibilities

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To succeed as an entrepreneurial type leader means being able to turn problems into possibilities and profit. Business Leadership is About Solving Problems Every product or service is created or exists in order to help someone's problem.  If a person can solve their problem themselves, they do not need you. A company hires employees to solve problems and clients hire companies to do the … [Read more...]

How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Everyone has something they would like to change but have trouble doing so. It can be individually or corporately, but all of us want to make changes.  The last few months I’ve read 3 great books on research-based change practices that have worked in a variety of settings.  I’ve found them well studied and presented and have added some great tools to my “change” tool box. In this article I want … [Read more...]

The Identity and Change Connection

I can’t remember where I first read it, otherwise I would give that source credit, but I’ve heard and read this phrase numerous times over the years, “It is impossible for a person to consistently act in a way that is contrary to how they see themselves.”  I know that many motivational and spiritual growth speakers, like Zig Ziglar, have taught that if you see yourself as a winner then you’ll act … [Read more...]

How to Become an Indispensable Leader

Several years ago I was working on developing a leadership training track for a church.  If there are smart people around I like to get their input and help, so I got together some folks who had first-hand experience in training people to become good and great leaders.  One of them, named Martin, had recently retired from the military, after several years of service.  He said something that all … [Read more...]

Why Not Be Remarkable?

I have recently been re-reading Seth Godin’s Linchpin. Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to be one of the most insightful people on the planet. I do my best to consistently read the words and ideas of thought leaders like him with the hope that at least some of it will rub off and sink in. If you want to be a person who steps into the high calling of being the best you can be and … [Read more...]

Productivity: The Best Way to Get More Done

One farmer was talking to another and said, “Did you work hard today?” “Yep”, replied the other farmer. “Did you get much done?” “Nope, I just worked hard.” If you’ve been working at all for more than a few days, you know exactly what that farmer was talking about.  There is a big, big difference in working hard and getting a lot done. There are all kinds of really good strategies … [Read more...]

Motivated: The 10 Ways to Help People Stay Motivated

If you are in any type of leadership role, you know that everyone needs the right kind of support in order to keep their enthusiasm levels high.  Even the most gung-ho, focused, go getter does better when they receive the right kind of motivating support.  Though everyone has different priorities, most people will be most motivated by a few of the following list of 10. This list comes from the … [Read more...]

Raising the Change Lid

I think every day, maybe a little more or a little less, I read or hear someone’s story about how they were struggling along in life, health, business, relationships, or with God and then something happened that changed things around for them.  I know you hear those stories, too.  Sure, some of them are made up or are just too good to be true.  But many of them are valid.  People can turn things … [Read more...]