One Size Fits One
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One Size Fits One

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How one company destroyed its employee incentive plan with one act of generosity
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How one company destroyed its employee incentive plan with one act of generosity

It seemed like a good idea at the time and an incredibly generous act on the part of the company. When Gravity Payments founder and CEO Dan Price announced that he would raise everyone’s minimum wage to $50,000 a year with $10,000 a year increases until everyone’s minimum was at $70K in 2017, it drew...
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5 lessons in motivation from my tailor
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5 lessons in motivation from my tailor

His name is Danny (that's him in the middle) and he owns “Danny’s Fashion Shoppe, bespoke tailors Hong Kong”. His shop is tiny, tucked into one of the many arcades that line Kowloon’s streets. The shop walls are stacked high with bolts of cloth interrupted three or four times by mirrors. I used to get...
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One size fits one – the one motivational secret known and used by all effective leaders
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One size fits one – the one motivational secret known and used by all effective leaders

I have a 66 year old Ford pickup. It’s in great condition both mechanically and cosmetically. I keep it in my garage and take it out for a drive every few weeks. I’ve owned it since 1973, used it back when I first bought it as my daily driver so I understand its ins and...
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6 Essential Lessons About Motivation From a Job Offer…and the person turned it down
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6 Essential Lessons About Motivation From a Job Offer…and the person turned it down

Jason is a principal officer in one of a consulting firm’s city offices.  The Regional VP recently met with Jason to offer him a position as a District manager. For two hours or so the Regional guy talked about the district, its strengths, and its few weaknesses and offered the job. It was an offer...
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10 Reasons why motivation is not optional for leaders
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10 Reasons why motivation is not optional for leaders

It may be easier to do it yourself, but it is not better and certainly not more effective.  10 Reasons why motivation is not optional for leaders If you do it yourself, in a short time you will be neglecting those things that only you can do while you do the things that others could...
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Internal Combustion – How to Keep Employees and Associates Motivated
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Internal Combustion – How to Keep Employees and Associates Motivated

Today begins a new series, one prompted by two things. First, how to keep employees and associates motivated is a question I am often asked. Second, I’ve been working with a company in the recent past where the use of practical techniques to motivate the workforce radically turned around the company in a short period...
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Impediments to Progress – Monumental Inertia
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Impediments to Progress – Monumental Inertia

As the twentieth century began, navies in only a half-dozen countries were experimenting with a new type of watercraft – the submarine. Invented in its most recent and most useable form by Irish immigrant and schoolteacher John Philip Holland, most traditional navy officers didn’t like submarines, did not understand how submarines could be deployed or...
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Three things you can measure right now that will help determine where you fit as a leader or manager
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Three things you can measure right now that will help determine where you fit as a leader or manager

At what level do you most often think? At what level are you most often called upon to think? You have to think about a lot of things. You daily task list may be long and detailed or limited and general. But you have a lot to think about. Paul Hersey and Kenneth H. Blanchard...
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7 Things you can do right now to enthuse your associates and employees with hope
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7 Things you can do right now to enthuse your associates and employees with hope

A few days ago I shared 5 reasons why hope is not an effective strategy. In that same article I also emphasized that hope is nonetheless an essential attitude. There is a difference between hope and hope so. The former is certain, expectant, optimistic. The latter is tentative, doubtful, and pessimistic, at least to a...
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