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Is Right Brain Leadership Good for Motivation?

“How can I motivate my people?”

I get asked that question a lot in my consulting business. And often times I fear the implication is, “How can I manipulate my people?” When people ask about motivation I often have the sense they are secretly talking about manipulation — getting their employees to do what they want, perhaps even against their will.

Lately I’ve been intrigued by research into the two halves of the human brain and how each side impacts leadership and motivation.

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Posted by Martin Ramsay in Front, Motivating Employees

How to Improve Your Professional Reputation

In a recent post, I offered for anyone wanting to improve their professional reputation, four actions professionals practice, with a few considerations to go along each. Those first four actions will get you moving in the direction of professionalism. You can check out the first four actions here: 4 Actions Professionals Practice. The following actions, practiced consistently, will move you far ahead of the pack.

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Posted by Phillip Van Hooser in Front, Success

4 Actions Professionals Practice to Build a Solid Reputation

The New Year started on an extremely high note for me. The first full week of 2014 had me caravanning from city to city across eastern Kansas on a road trip with a group of friends and fellow professionals. For the second consecutive year, I joined a group of executives and safety professionals for Westar Energy’s 8th Annual Company wide Safety Tour. I got to talk to professionals of every kind about actions professionals practice in everything they do, from safety and beyond. To encourage and equip the Westar team — and anyone else wanting to improve their professional reputation — here are  four actions professionals practice, with a couple thoughts to consider for each.

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Posted by Phillip Van Hooser in Front, Success

People Resist Change and What You Can Do About It

Do people resist change? We say they do, especially when we, as leaders, are trying to do something new.

I’m not so sure that is true. If I offered to give you $100, would you turn me down? Probably not — even though that crisp Benjamin Franklin would certainly mean a change in your financial position. What about politicians? They often campaign with the single slogan of “Change” as Barack Obama did in 2008.  If people really resisted change, I don’t think political candidates would use that strategy. So what makes people resist change and what can leaders do about it?

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Posted by Martin Ramsay in Front, Leadership

Crisis of Leadership Confidence

Like millions of people, I made the mistake of reading the newspaper this morning. Staring at me from above the fold were titillating headlines grabbing my attention and leading me deeper into depressing stories of leadership failures. Stories of professional athletes exercising bullying tactics to intimidate and toughen up fellow teammates; elected officials openly buying and using illicit drugs; and yes, leaders at the highest levels recanting under pressure, saying that what they said is not really what they meant, even though they’d repeated it again and again. Unfortunately, this crisis of leadership confidence exists in all areas of our lives — so what can we as individual leaders do about it?

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Posted by Phillip Van Hooser in Front, Leadership Development

Motivate Employees Using Performance Appraisals

The question, “How to motivate employees wanting something you don’t have?” was asked during our recent Leaders Ought to Know® webinar, “Using Performance Appraisals to Increase Employee Engagement and Reduce Frustration.” We didn’t have time to answer during the webinar — we would like to have known more from Mike, the questioner, about his specific situation — but it’s a valid question that many managers wish they could get answered. Here are some options to consider.

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Posted by Martin Ramsay in Front, Motivating Employees

How Leaders Earn Respect: #3 Interact with Others

In the previous two posts, we discussed the first two ingredients for earning leadership respect: consistency and making quality decisions. Assuming you master the art of consistency and quality decision making, I will admit that you will be well on your way to earning the respect of virtually everyone you encounter. And in all candor, with those two out of the three under your belt, you will already be farther down the road than most people ever get. But I’m working for more than that. Therefore, two out of three is simply not good enough. You’re not quite there yet. There’s still the issue of how leaders interact with others. Especially those who are different than us in some way.

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Posted by Phillip Van Hooser in A Recipe for Respect, Front

How Leaders Earn Respect: #2 Make Quality Decisions

Hopefully we can agree on the importance of consistency for leaders as an ingredient for earning respect.  But as I mentioned in the previous newsletter, consistency alone will not win the day.  Someone could be consistently wrong, consistently malicious or even consistently absent.  Such consistent behavior might allow us to predict the future and prepare accordingly; but it would not earn respect.  And again, in order to earn others’ respect, all the ingredients must work together.

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Posted by Phillip Van Hooser in A Recipe for Respect, Front

How Leaders Earn Respect: #1 Be Consistent

how leaders earn respectI love biscuits made from scratch.  Luckily I grew up around excellent scratch biscuit makers. Admittedly, the ingredients my mother and grandmother relied on were basic staples found in virtually every kitchen: flour, salt, baking powder, milk and shortening.  However the artistry resided not in the ingredients, but in the skillful combination of those ingredients.

I’ve discovered that how leaders earn respect is a lot like making biscuits.  Surprising as it may seem, being respected doesn’t require a wide range of ingredients.  In fact, I believe only three critical elements are required.  However, like any premier biscuit baker, knowing when and how to combine those basic ingredients will ultimately determine the difference between respect earned or opportunity squandered.

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Posted by Phillip Van Hooser in A Recipe for Respect, Front

Make Change Work

how to make change workRandy Pennington is the author of Make Change Work: Staying Nimble, Relevant, and Engaged in a World of Constant Change. In this guest post, he poses a question every leader should consider.

Are you a dodo bird or a coyote? Your company’s long-term success will quite possibly come down to this simple question.

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