Once you’ve filled your offices with good employees, your next step involves keeping them inspired. We all know that uninspired employees turn into unhappy ones – and then they leave your organization, looking for something new. There are a few ways to keep your employees happy, productive, and proud of the work that they do. Consider using one or more of these motivational leadership tactics.
Recent studies have shown that cynical workers aren’t born that way. Instead, the pressures of the workplace made them turn cynical. Their negativity has disastrous consequences for the workplace, as it leads to a lack of job satisfaction for everyone who works with them. To put it simply, cynicism is contagious!
I have been traveling around the country full-time as a professional speaker for many years. I love delivering the keynote speech at conferences, conventions, and special events. Meeting planners often ask me questions like, “Is there anything we could have done better? What can we do to improve?” My normal answer is – “It’s all about the details.” Those with less experience often miss some of the fine points that can make the difference between a successful event and one that leaves people feeling disappointed, empty, and unimpressed. When it comes to working with speakers, here are some of the most important things business leaders can do to assure a good experience for everyone:
Once a team knows where it is headed and is filled with the desire to get there, purpose keeps it on course. It is reborn at the opening of each week—and as the leader of your staff, it starts with you. Everyone needs a teaspoon of purpose in their Monday morning coffee, and you are there to dispense it using these leadership tips.
Leadership is a BIG topic. It’s something that’s been discussed since the beginning of time. But what is leadership exactly? With approximately 8,793 books on the subject, I have decided to save you some time. And I’ve compiled an extensive, descriptive list that explains leadership (in 40 seconds).
Every company has “that” person. The one who manages to get their work done on time, meet all of their quarterly goals, and who still has time to pick up the slack from co-workers who aren’t quite as good at getting things done. How does this person do it? They adhere to the nine secrets of leadership role success.
George and Mary Lou were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. A reporter, noting that so many marriages end in divorce, wondered what secret had enabled them to keep their relationship strong for fifty years. “What is your recipe,” the reporter asked George, “for a long, happy marriage?” George answered that just after his wedding, his new father-in-law pulled him aside and gave him a gift. It was a gold watch, one that George still wore all these years later. He drew up his sleeve to show the reporter. Imprinted on the face of the watch were the words George had read several times each day for the last five decades: “Say something nice to Mary Lou.”3
“Time management is a mark of self-discipline. It can be learned. You can control the calendar or the calendar can control you.” – Jeremy Kingsley
There are dozens of time management courses and books out there, many of which repeat the same lessons over and over – write down appointments and reminders, schedule in time for interruptions, and so on. But, it’s too easy to ignore those tips and let your calendar take control of your life. Your life needs to be about more than your appointment book, iCalendar, and daily reminders. You need to be disciplined enough to have power over your schedule. This isn’t an impossible task, and it can be accomplished with these five leadership tips: