AMPing Up Your Employees: Motivation According to Pink

With his book Drive! Daniel Pink has added another chapter in the discussion of motivation. Much has been written on motivation from Maslow, Herzberg and Skinner to Drucker. (I wrote on Drucker and Pink here.) Pink’s has added a discussion on work in the 21st Century. He talks about it in terms of AMPing your …

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Respect is Key to Retention

How many times have you puzzled over what are the key things you need to do to insure that you keep your employees as the economy improves? Article after article has told us that up to 75% of our employees are poised to leave as more jobs become available. We have wondered what we need …

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Your Intelligence: Fixed or Fixable?

In his book Drive, Daniel Pink tell us about Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University. She has been studying motivation and achievement for many years. He said that her signature insight is that “… what people believe shapes what people achieve.” I believe this too. I am not sure how signature this …

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Engagement and Leadership: Follow Up to HR Happy Hour

The discussion on the HR Happy Hour hosted by Steve Boese focused on employee engagement and leadership. Broadcasting from the HR Florida conference, the show featured Cathy Martin and China Gorman. The discussion focused on the question of how to get employees engaged in their jobs and in the strategic direction of the company. One answer was …

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Do You Want Happy Employees?

“Everyone wants happy employees, right? Happy employees are productive, inventive, and supportive of all you do.” I saw this stated in an article and it got me to thinking. Do I really want happy employees? Or do I want satisfied employees? Or do I want motivated employees? It all depends I guess on how you …

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A Different View of the Organizational Chart

I had to chuckle when I read today’s posts from BNET. They present a satirical look at employees, motivation, problems and what they called the Honest Org Chart. They present the work of Dr. Lawrence Kersten of Dispair, Inc. a demotivational company. He talks about how the typical org chart visually mispresents the importance of …

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Motivational Fit: Two Shortcut Questions to Good Employees

Fellow HR blogger Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, posted a blog the other day about interviewing. He mentioned the standard way most managers interview, the hypothetical question methodology and its pitfalls. He talked about behavioral interviewing and apparently he is a fan and user, as am I. He did point out the downside of it, …

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Warm Chair Attrition

I was reading a newsletter called the Herman Trend Alert today, an older issue on the subject of fear and the paralyzing effect it can have on employees. In that discussion they talked about something they called “Warm Chair Attrition”. They describe this as employees who are unhappy, but “… these employees still collect paychecks, …

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