Attend, Listen, Learn and Motivate

Attend, Listen, Learn and Motivate

One of the most effective ways to motivate staff is to actively listen to them. The process of active listening may sound simple but its effects are profound and far-reaching. I was running a workshop for senior managers on assertion and communication skills.  One of the managers, who had seemed highly motivated by the session […]

How to Manage the Fears of the Selection Committee

How to Manage the Fears of the Selection Committee

Behind many job interview questions is a fear that you will not have the capability required to perform the advertised job. There are two types of fear that are often behind the questions selection committees ask job interviewees. The first type is the “general fear” that relates to all job candidates because of the nature […]

Job Interviews Tip: Don’t Bag Your Boss

Job Interviews Tip: Don’t Bag Your Boss

It is amazing how many job applicants bad-mouth their current boss on job interviews. This is a sure way to guarantee that you do not win the advertised job. Members of the selection committee immediately think: Will he/she be disloyal to us as well and talk poorly about our organization? Is the applicant more motivated […]

The Power of Positive Feedback

The Power of Positive Feedback

Providing positive feedback to employees is one of the simplest and most powerful things you can do to motivate your staff. Deep down we all need recognition and acknowledgment of a job well done. The most common complaint I encounter in organizations is the age-old issue, “I only hear from my manager when something goes […]

Remote Preparation For Your Job Interview

Remote Preparation For Your Job Interview

Too many job applicants turn up ill-prepared for their selection interview. They arrive at the job interview knowing very little about the organization, the section or unit involved or the nature of the advertised position. It is very difficult to convince a selection panel that you are really interested in an advertised job if you […]

What Is Action Learning Really?

Action learning is learning with others through doing and reflecting on outcomes, both intended and unintended. Action learning had its origins in the UK  in 1946 when Reg Revans worked with managers in the mining industry and nurses in hospitals to improve the operations of those industries. Reg believed that the best way to solve […]

Employee Motivation: Meet Three Basic Needs

Employee Motivation: Meet Three Basic Needs

As a manager, you have a better chance of improving employee motivation if you keep in mind the three basic needs of employees. These, incidentally, are motivators for managers as well. The three basic needs can be summarized as follows: tell me what you expect of me give me the resources to do my job let […]

Leadership is Sexy, Management is for Drones

I don’t agree with this statement at all.  However, if you were to read published management articles and newspapers you could come to the same conclusion. Also you need only look at the amount of money that organizations have spent on leadership development compared to management development over the past five years and you could […]