Staff Motivation

A Team That Takes Responsibility

If you get to the end of the day and realise that you’ve helped your team do their roles, but not had a chance to do yours, it may be that you need to develop a team that takes more responsibility. It’s important for leaders to be there to help ...

Dreading the Feedback Conversation?

The phrase “can I give you some feedback?” can instil dread in many a heart!  The next thought can often be “oh no, they’re going to make me look bad here”. A report for DDI by Harris Interactive found that employees would rather suffer a bad hangover, do housework or see ...

Is It Safe Enough to Take Risks?

Have you been told that you don’t take enough risks when coming up with new ideas?  Or you need to look beyond the day to day and find new and innovative ways to take the team/business forward?  Or you need to do more on building and leading new strategies? Additionally, as ...

The Power Shift Away from Carrot and Stick

The biggest challenge for leaders of today is the shift in power away from a command and control, carrot and stick management, to an understanding that their focus needs to be on others.  As organisations grow and develop over the next few years, leaders will benefit from concentrating on empowering, ...

A Cocktail for Every Occasion

In a previous article I talked about Motivational Needs and how leaders can motivate or de-motivate their colleagues and teams using psychological rewards or threats against fundamental values such as fairness, significance, variation, certainty, autonomy and connection.  Now I wanted to move away from the leadership skills and review ...

Disappointment Can Damage Morale and Motivation

I’m sure most of us, at one time or another, have had a project cancelled, or report/presentation we’ve been working on changed by our manager with little explanation.  You’ve put a lot of effort in to the detail, worked long hours to get it completed, put your heart and soul ...

Are You Building A Confident Team?

As provided to Moorlands Human Capital as a guest blogger: Self confidence is important in all aspects of our lives, and especially in our leadership role.  A confident leader will be motivated to achieve results and find it easier to inspire those around them.   But have you considered the ...

How and When To Delegate Effectively

Having looked at what could happen if you don’t delegate, and the benefits to you as a manager if you do, I thought it might be worth identifying where you can have the greatest impact on the process. Firstly, it’s important to appreciate any concerns you have as a ...

Delegation: The Payback From The Help of Others

What if they do a better job than me?  What if they’re after my job?  What if the boss thinks they are more capable than I am, and they end up getting promoted before me?  What role do I have left, if I delegate all these tasks? What if they do ...

What Problems Are Caused by Not Delegating?

I vividly remember the first time that I delegated a piece of work to someone else.  It was to a lovely lady who was assisting me as I’d moved on to a new consulting role.  The first piece of work was for her to put together a presentation for me.  ...

9 Ways to Spot a Leader who Lacks Confidence

Confidence doesn’t seem to be something that gets discussed a lot when it comes to leadership.  But you may have noticed certain behaviours in a leader and not realised that that behaviour is actually down to a severe lack of confidence. One such leader joined an established team and rather than ...

Losing Out Through High Turnover

OK, I’m going to apologise before I start, as this subject is a bit of a bug bear of mine!!  And this comes after a recently discovery that a UK company has informed their staff that there are no salary increases this year, but are willing to pay $4m a ...

Amplifying Stress Down to Your Team

During one of my Financial Services Senior Exec interviews on Leadership (see video), a great observation about inappropriate leadership was raised.  And that was about amplifying the stresses and pressure from above down to your team, and the consequences of doing that to those who receive it. One of my personal ...

Is A Bad Boss Good For You?

I was writing a blog about the successful ways of destroying morale, and it crossed my mind that many of the attributes I included I had experienced first-hand from managers.  But then it got me thinking about the kind of manager I had become directly because of those experiences. You ...

Successful Ways of Destroying Morale

The impact on the company when morale is low can be obvious in terms of productivity, client service and top employee retention, but often managers are at a loss as to how to improve it, and some can be unaware of the impact they themselves are having in its decline.  ...

Reducing Sickness Levels

Are employees more frustrated with people calling in sick too often, or when they come in to the office when they should have stayed at home?  Employees taking days off sick can cause a delay in work or projects being completed, reduced productivity and increased workloads (and possibly overtime costs) ...

20 Signs of an Unhappy Workforce

During a recent chat with some friends, one of the biggest management headaches they’ve been dealing with is the rise in absence levels. Senior management, who have been reviewing the statistics, have asked them to incorporate new procedures to interview every person who’d had more than 3 days off in ...

Does Each Generation Expect to be Motivated Differently?

Although there are many individual requirements to take into consideration when motivating our employees, we can also find some general expectations on motivating each of the “Generations” in our teams.  Having diverse teams covering different generations, in my book, is ideal as it provides a breadth of experience, ...

Motivational Needs: Are You Upsetting or Rewarding Employees?

There have been many studies showing that money is not a good motivator, even though it is usually at the top of the performance-related schemes in organisations.  So, if money doesn’t work, what does?  From the research, praise and recommendation from their immediate manager, recognition, personal satisfaction, career ...

The Value of Fairness in the Workplace

When leaders are developing their communication skills, it’s worth understanding how events around us can trigger a reward or threat scenario in our minds, and what this can do to our ability to think clearly. Let’s take fairness as an example.  If we feel that we’ve been unfairly treated or taken ...

The Science of Motivation

Science has proved that monetary rewards to top performers actually leads them to worse performance!  And bonuses certainly don’t work if you want to encourage creativity and innovation.  What works best is recognition and allowing people to learn, have individual goals and work on projects that they really care about ...

Self Awareness Improves Self Esteem in Business

In management, it is important to identify and value the differences individuals bring to the success of the team and the organisation; building on this where it works well.  Each manager’s style can contribute to a positive and progressive team or (as you may have encountered from some of your ...

The Potential of High Employee Engagement

  In the UK, organisations have recorded that only 3-25% of their staff are highly engaged, offering a huge improvement potential for those leaders who can demonstrate the link to profitability, productivity and staff tenure. The government commissioned paper written by David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, entitled Engaging For Success, provides a ...

Leadership Skills Shortages

  According to a recent Manpower global talent survey, a sixth of employers are finding it difficult to fill key roles in their organisation, even in these high levels of unemployment.  And it seems that skills shortages are the main problem. The survey identified that “management/executives” are the third most difficult roles ...

The Importance of Lunch

  The dip in afternoon productivity when employees don’t take a lunch break has been reported by Bupa as costing businesses nearly £50million a day.  Employees believe they are doing their bosses a favour by working through lunch, with a third of those not taking a break saying this is down ...

Lack of Respect for Managers

  A new survey has revealed that a quarter of British employees do not respect their managers, and nearly half are not motivated by them. The main findings show that: 36% say their supervisor fails to provide clear instructions 23% dislike their managers Nearly half don’t think their manager helps them develop their career 30% say ...