Can a Manager Really Motivate Employees?

Such an important role is played by employee motivation in maintaining the morale and productivity of workers in a company. Unmotivated employees tend to drift apart and have negative effects on one another. When employees begin to lose satisfaction in their jobs, their performance is easily affected as well.

One big question in the minds of every company manager is whether or not they have the capacity to get employees motivated. The answer is yes. This is not going to be an easy process, though, because it is important for a manager to know first what it is that could motivate their workers. Every employee has their own unique needs, and thus, different methods must be used to motivate them. [Read more…]

Can Employees Be Motivated by Reduced Supervision?

One of the biggest challenges facing managers is how to keep their employees motivated to work hard and efficiently. Unmotivated employees are not desirable in the workplace because they don’t perform properly on their jobs, which means lost productivity for the company. The first instinct of a supervisor is usually to decide to supervise these employees on a more personal level so that their mistakes can be corrected before they result to any bigger problems for the organization. The question is this: Is it possible to motivate employees by reducing supervision on them? [Read more…]

How Managers May Promote Gender Diversity in the Workplace

Let’s face it; gender diversity in the workplace is still a remote concept in some industries. This is particularly true when it comes to choosing people for management roles in big companies. But it is important that businesses realize the importance of diversity because it is the diverse groups that tend to be more productive than the homogenous groups. Naturally, both genders are resistant to this type of diversification within the workplace, thus, your role as the manager is vital to making the transition go smoothly. Here’s what you should do: [Read more…]

Leadership is a Critical Skill for Career Advancement

Leadership is one of the most valuable skills any individual should possess, especially for those who want to excel in the workplace. There are those who seem to be born leaders, while others have to work harder to develop their leadership skills. It actually doesn’t matter how you become a leader. What’s important is that you further enhance your leadership qualities for you to not only effect good changes in your workplace, but to open up more and better opportunities for your own career. [Read more…]

Managing Generation Ys

Generation Y is largest generation behind Baby Boomers. Often referred to as Millennials or Generation Next, these workers, born between 1982 and 2000, are just now entering the marketplace and seem to be creating quite a stir in companies all over the world.

Unlike the generations who came before, Generation Y has grown up during the high tech revolution and as a result, has never known a world without video games, compact discs, the internet, microwaves, and ATMs. They’ve also had the benefit of growing up during a child-focused time period, where they received plenty of positive reinforcement and investment in their skill set from doting parents.

Because of these differences, Generation Y seems to have a hard time meshing in workplace environments stymied by lack of progress and those rigidly stuck in past ways of doing business. To best understand how to manage this new breed of employee, capitalizing on their strengths and minimizing their weak spots, you must first understand how they think and what they value. [Read more…]

Are you Empowering your Middle Management?

As a leader in your company, if you’re frustrated with your middle management, you have only yourself to blame. The success or failure of middle managers rests upon the support of upper management and how well both parties work together.  For middle management to do their jobs properly they must first understand the company’s Mission, Vision and Goals – something they cannot do without the guidance and modeling of upper management.

Since middle managers live in space between upper management and employees, they are best utilized as your “big picture,” players but only if you give them enough voice and autonomy to be that for you. [Read more…]

The Battle for Talent is Heating Up, Are You Ready?

This is an interesting time in the history of business – workplace dynamics are in the midst of a huge shift. Baby Boomers in their 60’s are running into the challenges of managing the very different needs of those in the Y generation. In fact, so much focus has been placed on these two sizeable generations colliding in the marketplace, that the generation in between them, Generation X, has been largely forgotten.

As Boomers begin to plan for retirement and Gen Y enters the workforce, freshly developing their skills and experience, who will businesses look to for leadership in the interim, but Generation X? [Read more…]

How Self Confidence Impacts your Leadership

Coaching clients in senior roles is often necessary because they lack self confidence.  As a result, they are not seen as leaders.  Instead, they all seem to have one quality in common.  They all have a fear of making the necessary decision required of their position. Self perception affects everyone in both their personal and professional lives.  However, for individuals in positions of authority, it’s important to understand how self confidence impacts your leadership. [Read more…]

Business Leadership – What it Takes to Differentiate Yourself in the 21st Century

Business leadership is not about any single quality so much as it is about a number of qualities that come together to create something much stronger than any of those qualities alone. Business leadership is not so much about managing others and “taking charge” as it is about motivating by example. [Read more…]

Developing Your Leadership Skills

Leadership = Influence.

It is the art or process of influencing people so that they will strive willingly and enthusiastically. As human beings we all influence someone: parent to child, teacher to student, friend to friend, employer to employee, and coach to athlete. If you stop to think about it, the list is endless. [Read more…]