Get out there

Get out there

You’ve heard that it’s important for leaders to get out of their offices. That can be tough, given the deadlines and pressures you’re facing. Plus, walking around isn’t just to be seen;¬†you need to find authentic and meaningful ways to connect...
The perils of praise

The perils of praise

My kids have an amazing collection of trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates. I agree with the concerns shared by Ashley Merrman, in “Losing is Good for You” at NewYorkTimes.com. She writes about the downside of the “everyone gets a trophy”...
It takes time to motivate

It takes time to motivate

It’s official. A recent McKinsey¬† & Company report reviews best practices for motivating great performance. Numerous studies show that as long as people have adequate salaries, financial incentives don’t improve performance over more than a very short...
Why praise employees?

Why praise employees?

Grow up. Do your job. Don’t expect to hear about it when things go well. I pay you to do a good job. These words may sound a bit harsh. But they reflect the attitudes of some leaders who wonder why they have to nurture (coddle) their people. After all,...