Are Your Employees in It for The Money, The Glory, Or Themselves?

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Success is the reward for a job well done, and its measured a variety of ways.  For some, success equates to stature – corner office and a spiffy title.  For others, it’s green – a hulking bank account.  And then you have those searching for a sense of fulfilment – belonging (if you will.)  Motivating each of these personalities requires guile, experience, and open-mindedness.

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When Was the Last Time You Gave Your Employer a Pat On the Back?

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Everyone deserves praise for a job well done, and that goes beyond your direct reports. Even folks at the top can use a few words of encouragement.  “Thank the Boss; why would anyone do that?”  I’m with you.  Many of my early leaders pummeled within me the logic that you NEVER thank anyone for doing their job. “People are rewarded with a paycheck; get back to work!”  Makes sense; you hire people to do something so why shower them with praise for, essentially, breathing? Ah, but here’s the rub.  We have this pesky condition called ‘Humanity’ and as such, motivating people via feedback and reward are critical to your growth, and theirs (even your Bosses).

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The #1 Thing I Got Wrong About Leadership (And I Bet You Think the Same Thing)

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Several years ago, I was involved with a program to increase the amount of foster care children transitioning from a high school into college.  As part of the initiative, I was invited to speak at a community forum.  During the forum, I let my guard down and shared why the cause was important to me on a personal level. As a teenager, I struggled and empathized with the challenges of these young men and women. The local paper ran a picture of me the next day with the caption, “Thom Fox, former drug addict and Community Outreach Director of Blah Blah.”  Well, Blah Blah did not like that one bit; I was chided by my leadership team and our board of directors.  It was the first experience I had with vulnerability, and boy it stung.

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How to Alienate Coworkers and Get Yourself Fired

Fight.jpgYou’re a Sales Rockstar! You put up numbers like nobody’s business.  You know the Alec Baldwin speech from Glengarry Glenn Ross by heart, and you’re an Apex-Predator-Level Closer.  Unfortunately, the attributes contributing to your success are the very same undermining your future – chief among them your Dominance (i.e. Your Ego or Bravado).

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