Tag Archive for 'motivating employees'

Introducing your small business to Motivation 3.0

We’re only 10% into the 21st century, so there is a pretty good chance that a lot of what you know was learned in the last century.  Having said that, here’s the bad news: Most of what you learned about the marketplace in the last millennium is now obsolete.  And that includes how to motivate and manage people, especially the young folk.

Having come of age in the marketplace in the last third of the 20th century, it seems to me that managing and motivating people wasn’t much different in that era than it was for my mentors. Indeed, senior managers in those days were pretty much doing in the 1970s, 80s and 90s what they had learned and practiced for decades. But somehow, seemingly coincidental with the advent of the new millennia, best practices for leveraging human power effectively and successfully in business began to change as two new generations came online.

One of the most noticeable changes was how different these new generations were from earlier ones with regard to motivation.  Clearly, the motivational books are having to be rewritten for the 21st century, and not surprisingly, one of my long-time Brain Trust members, Dan Pink has done just that.

Recently, on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, I talked with Dan about why the old “carrot and stick” approach is not as effective in the 21st century and what managers should know about what he calls ”Motivation 3.0.” Dan is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about the changing world of work, including his latest, Drive, in which he reveals his ground-breaking ideas on modern motivation best practices.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to what Dan has to say in this recent visit with me. And be sure to leave your own thoughts. Listen Live! Download, Too!

Re-engaging employees in a time of great workplace stress

One of the unfortunate markers of the Great Recession is significant evidence of fear and anxiety in the workplace.  There is fear about job security, anxiety about financial loss, both real and imagined, and a general concern for the overall wellbeing of the country.  Sadly, even months into the recovery, vestiges of these emotions still prevail.  So, in a workplace charged with so much unproductive emotion, how do we as managers create an environment where our employees get and stay engaged? 

Recently, on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate, I talked with engagement expert, Leigh Branham, about some of the motivational challenges that are unique to this recovery for most employers. We talked about how re-engaging employees in a time of great workplace stress is a discipline that can and should be cultivated and leveraged.

A long-time member of my Brain Trust, Leigh is Principal of Keeping the People, Inc., and the author of The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave. Take a few minutes to listen to our conversation. And as always, leave your thoughts about your best motivational practices and greatest challenges. Listen Live! Download, Too!

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