Category: Attitude/Motivation for Managers

Is Your Praising Style Helping or Hurting Your Team Members?

You’ve heard this one before: it’s important to praise employees for a job well done. In fact, positive reinforcement does much more to motivate a team member than negative reinforcement.

Use The Presence Principle to Boost Your Leadership Effectiveness

In today’s world, the social media scolds will quickly figure out if you’re not authentic. One way to improve your leader effectiveness is to follow the presence principle.

Manage Smarter 24 – Heather Monahan: The Confidence Creator

Heather Monahan, one of our most popular guests from our first 20 episodes, is back to share more tips on building confidence from her new book Confidence Creator. Heather is the CEO of her own company Boss In Heels. She was recognized as a Glass Ceiling Award winner as one of the Most Influential Women in radio in 2017. Heather was recently named the Brand Ambassador for Perry Ellis International’s female brand Rafaella.  Previously, she was the Chief Revenue Officer for Beasley Communications.

Manage Smarter 17 – Michael Stallard: Culture as a Competitive Advantage

Michael Stallard is cofounder and president of the Connection Culture Group, a leadership training and consulting firm that has advised NASA, Costco and other well known American companies. Michael is the primary author of the book Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. Texas Christian University founded the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael and his colleagues’ work. In episode 17, we discuss the definitions of culture, how managers can improve it (or damage it) and the ROI from a positive culture in the workplace.

Is ‘Absentee Leadership’ Sucking the Life Out of Your Company?

Are “absentee leaders” wreaking havoc on your employees? Here’s how to identify these leaders and how to avoid putting them into management roles.

Manage Smarter 13 – Jeffrey Gitomer: Attitude is Everything!

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The New York Times best seller The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude – which has just been published a new edition with many new tips to help you find, build and keep a winning attitude. In episode 13, we discuss: why attitude is critical to management and leadership; countering negative attitudes and how to change your attitude by changing what you think about.

Manage Smarter 11 – Heather Monahan: Building Resilience and Your Personal Brand

Heather Monahan is the CEO of her own company Boss In Heels and author of the new book Confidence Creator – which reveals the essential techniques for building confidence and becoming your most powerful self. She was recognized as a Glass Ceiling Award winner as one of the Most Influential Women in radio in 2017. In episode 11, we discuss the need for leaders to build their own personal brand, developing resilience, and being female in the C-suite.

Breaks Make You More Productive, More Creative and Happier

I read an interesting interview with the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing recently, and took away some thought-provoking ideas about how to be more productive at basically everything. They just might be counter-intuitive to your current beliefs. But give Daniel H. Pink’s research a chance.

Are You Applying UX Principles to Your Life? (You Should)

I sat in on Breonna Rodriguez’ keynote address at the Columbus Women in Digital Annual Conference and I’d like to share some of her ideas on personal and professional growth. As a lead digital designer for Sesame Street and a digital entrepreneur, she has a cool twist on the user experience model. She spoke on: The UX of your life: Avoid your pitfalls and conquer life with confidence.

2 Ways to Turn Office Envy into Motivation

Today I thought we could cover a different “E” word – envy. Good old-fashioned, sneaks-up-on-you envy within the workplace. At some point in our careers, we’ve all struggled with envy – even when we think we’re above it. Sometimes it just happens. It’s so prevalent that the topic came up in a recent company-wide meeting at my office, which led to a healthy, honest discussion about it.

Just Say No! (To Drugs and Co-Workers)

It is just plain tough to say no – isn’t it? Saying no at work complicates things even further. You need to be a team player. You might be proving yourself still. You could be known as the “Yes!” Woman, because you always help out an come to the rescue. But no one else knows how much is on your plate but you. You are in control of your plate.

How to Tap Into “Actionable Inspiration”

You will never have different results if you keep doing the same thing. Plus, change is inevitable, so why wait? Stand out from competitors and score new successes by evolving.

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