If you want them to own it, let them build it

Michael Boyette

We hear a lot these days about “taking ownership.” You want your people to “own” the tasks they’re working on, “own” the results (good or bad) of those tasks, “own” their careers, “own” their jobs. It’s easy to see why leaders would want to promote a sense of ownership: When we “own” something, we assign…

The top ten employee rewards and motivators

Michael Boyette

What motivates employees to show up every day and do their jobs? No joke: It’s the paycheck. But once you’ve addressed money, the most powerful drivers of employee motivation are social. They’re powerful. And every manager should be using them.

What the manager should say when an employee leaves

Stephen J. Meyer

Some organizations have protocols for communicating about an employee’s departure, but often, managers are left to figure out what to say on their own. Read on to find a template for how best announce an employee’s resignation or termination.

Leadership: Language that builds trust

Michael Boyette

What is trust? And how do you get it? Seems like a simple question. But what makes employees willing to follow you? To come to you with problems? To take risks? Numerous scientific studies have found that trust comes down to two questions: Is this person on my side – that is, are they willing…

Lessons from “Psycho” – High anxiety can fuel employee dishonesty

Dave Clemens

Remember the shower scene from the movie “Psycho” — specifically the music? Those jabbing, thrusting screeches from an orchestra’s string section make you feel nervous, jittery, and perhaps on the brink of going a little psycho yourself. Well, now researchers have used that score to demonstrate a point organizational leaders may want to consider: High…

Coasting employees: How to create a winning attitude

Mike Llewellyn

When you’ve got an employee on your team who’s just coasting, it’s frustrating. These are the employees you know are capable of performing at a higher level but are just phoning it in. They are comfortable being just good enough. And they’re seemingly immune to your attempts to encourage them or argue with them to…