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Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Make it Matter

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

John JensonAre you essential to your organization? Would the place fall apart without you, or would it keep running smoothly if you were to leave? These are important questions for employees to ask themselves from time to time.  Why?  Because it often means the difference between short-term employment and long-term success in a job.

Everyone’s work, in some way or another, can positively impact the organization. People who see the part they play in helping the organization meet its goals, and who then consistently deliver their part at a high level, can’t help but become significant.

Communication coach and consultant John A. Jenson explains that there are three things a person can do to set themselves apart. These are:

  • Design  (taking who you are–not who you wish you were–“stepping it up” and then commiting to making that your standard; strong personal designs can be described with words like credible, engaging or professional).
  • Package (making sure that the way you look and act is in line with the design you’ve established for yourself).
  • Deliver (delivering on your claims and doing what you say you are going to do).

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Motivation in the Workplace

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Motivation can be a tricky thing. When you have it, you feel inspired, passionate and ready to take on the world. When you don’t…it’sMotivation in the Workplace a whole different story.   That’s why the best organizations make employee motivation a top priority.

It’s easy to keep people motivated and engaged when things are going well, but what about when they’re not? Setbacks affect people differently. While a certain setback may cause some employees to tackle the problem more aggressively, it can demoralize others…leading in turn to job dissatisfaction and high stress.

And When You Fall is an excellent video for addressing the types of motivation issues that can follow a setback.  It chronicles the challenges and stumbles of Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen on his way to winning an Olympic gold medal. We Are the Ones is an inspirational program for organizations in the midst of trying times–it reminds viewers that the time to work together and face the future is now. (more…)

Making the Impossible POSSIBLE

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Business people meeting in the officeBig goals and big challenges often feel overwhelming simply because they’re so big.

They can also feel overwhelming if we’re uninspired by the potential outcome.  When we’re not intrigued by what might happen, we’re not engaged – and when we’re not engaged, finding solutions and doing what it takes to create success is very hard work. (more…)

What Makes a Goal Worth Achieving?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

How successful is your organization in meeting the objectives set by your leaders?

When teams are energized, motivated, and inspired, they can achieve amazing results.  On the other hand, we’ve all seen what happens when teams are de-motivated, disengaged, or unenthusiastic about their goals. (more…)

12 Slick Tips: Improving Employee and Workplace Morale and Firing Up Employees’ Motivation with No Budget

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

High workplace morale reduces turnover, improves performance, creates loyalty, and generally makes for a more pleasant work environment. Nothing makes a manager’s job easier than supervising a group of people who enjoy coming to work. What many managers don’t realize is that the best ways to boost the employees motivation is to pump up workplace morale and do it for free–even on no budget.

Multiple surveys show that wages and benefits rank relatively low on the list of things that influence employee morale. So what does influence it? You. An employee’s relationship with his supervisor is a prime determinant of job satisfaction. Here are some cost-free ways to start building morale today: (more…)

Motivation Insights for Managers

Friday, March 9th, 2012

All managers want to do a good job for their teams and their organization. They want to feel like they are making a difference and have the sense that others respect the contribution they are making. It’s no different for the people who report to them.

At its core, human motivation revolves around two important factors:
1. How people feel about themselves.
2. How they see others as feeling about them.
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Avoid These 5 Leadership Pitfalls When Leading Knowledge Workers

Monday, October 25th, 2010

by Clyde Howell

According to the latest studies, the average employee is delivering only 50% of what they are capable of offering to your organization. As a leader, you’re frustrated by this lack of performance. You’d like to clone your high performers so you can become more results oriented like the entrepreneurial companies you see in the marketplace.

To capture the talents and potential of today’s knowledge workers, you must recognize the dramatic rise in numbers of these employees. Knowledge workers are the individuals who use their ‘brains’ instead of their ‘brawn’ to get work done. These are the information specialists, researchers, marketing and sales experts whose talents drive the success of your business. To ensure high performance, you must manage these talented individuals differently than employees of the past. (more…)

Improving Skills with a “Know Focus”…and a Hit Song!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

When conducting training, most of us ask our audiences to brainstorm and provide information on what they already know about the topic we’re teaching.  This sharing process allows participants to educate one another while creating an open environment where people are enthusiastic about expanding their current skill level.

During this process, participants sometimes reveal that they already KNOW how to do much of what we’re there to teach.  But if that’s the case, why doesn’t the organization see them applying that knowledge?

Consider this example:  Some managers and service providers seem to be able to provide good leadership and/or service when they are being observed by an executive who can affect their continued employment or advancement. Yet, that manager or service provider fails to give the same level of care and consideration on a consistent basis.

That’s when the role of a trainer is to come up with ways to remind or inspire people to use the knowledge they already have.  I call this having a “know focus.” It requires innovative techniques, not just new information, to improve the long-term effectiveness of an organization’s leadership and staff development.

As you may have guessed from this article’s title, I believe music is one of those innovative techniques. Research done by a number of organizations, including the American Medical Association and Harvard University, shows that music can provide both an anchor and an emotional connection to improve the retention of information.

Instead of relying solely on traditional methods of closing the gap between what participants learn and what they actually use (such as setting a goal that people look at every morning)…try using music as a fun and inspirational reminder of the things you want participants to improve upon.

Here are a few examples of how you can build a training message around a familiar song!
Good Vibrations from The Beach Boys can be used to remind service providers that their jobs are all about sending “good vibes” to customers.
Put a Little Love in Your Heart by Jackie DeShannon can be used to reinforce a lesson about servant leadership.
Little Bit O’ Soul by The Music Explosion can be used to inspire people to keep a positive attitude.

So go ahead.  Listen to your IPod for a few hours and see what useful, inspirational messages you might stumble upon.  Or, make the selection of a “memory anchor” song an assignment for participants—allowing them to think of a song that will always remind them of the day’s lesson.   You’ll be amazed at what a great retention device this is because your participants will remember your messages “Eight Days a Week!”

Over the past 20 years, Donna Long has helped hundreds of organizations improve their leadership, communication and customer service effectiveness. Visit www.LearningJourneyInc.com to learn more.

Need help in this area? CRM Learning’s Jukebox Journey Meeting Opener Series contains three short animated videos that feature the songs and messages described in the above article.  These videos can help you teach unforgettable lessons in leadership, customer service and a positive workplace.

Showing Appreciation – Training Activity

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Introduce the activity by discussing the importance of being appreciative and how it can make a positive impact on job satisfaction, relationships with others and the overall work environment. This information can be delivered via lecture or drawn out through group discussion. Either way, the following points should be made:

  • When you appreciate what you have, instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, you stay in a more positive frame of mind. You tend to be happier and others want to be around you.
  • When you take the time to thank someone for doing a good job, they are likely to perform at the same level — or do even better — next time. (Studies show that recognition — not money — is the true motivator of productivity.)
  • In workplaces where people show appreciation to one another, there are fewer situations where people feel taken for granted. As a result, there is less dissatisfaction and resentment.
  • Being appreciative of others (and what they contribute to the organization) is a sign of respect.

Have group members think about a time when someone went out of their way to show them appreciation. How did it make them feel? How did they react? If time allows, have participants share their answers with the group.

Next, have group members think about what/who they should be grateful for (in the context of their job) and how they should show it. Pass out a worksheet containing the following:

Be Appreciative Worksheet

Use the table below to help you show appreciation for the people around you who make it possible for you to do what you do at work.

Who

Take Action

By When

Identify co-workers or colleagues who are responsible for making things go well at work

How can you show them your appreciation?

Set a deadline for when you will do this.

Example: Ashley – she always helps me get my shipments out on time.

Make a special trip to her work area. Tell her how much I appreciate her help.

By end of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional Follow-Up:  Reassemble the group after they’ve had time to complete the actions they’ve identified. Ask them to share: What reactions did they receive? How did showing appreciation to others make them feel?

Based on material in the Leader’s Guide for the CRM Learning program, Start Right…Stay Right: Orientation Basics

Need help in this area? Encouraging the Heart uses a variety of real world examples to illustrate how important (and easy) it is to recognize the contributions of others.


 

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