According to Gallup’s 2018 survey, 53% of workers would place themselves in the "not engaged" category, meaning they may be generally satisfied but are not cognitively and emotionally connected to their work and workplace. While these employees may still be executing their duties, they’re likely not performing to the best of their ability and certainly not making a significant contribution to the purpose and culture of the organization.
“When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren't the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.”
— Arsene Wenger
Earlier this year, The Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, became one of the only coaches in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history to coach 5 All-Stars from the previous season, during a professional basketball game. However, even with those 5 All-Stars playing consistently every game for the past month and a half, the two-time defending NBA champions are struggling, and Steve Kerr is concerned about his team heading into the playoffs next month.
“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Dr. Don Meyer, in a Huffington Post article entitled, So Near, and Yet, So Far chronicled the heroic story of Florence Chadwick, and American Swimmer who attempted to become the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel, a 21 mile journey off the coast of California, between Catalina Island and Palos Verde, California.
Last month, our culture celebrated Valentine’s Day. I was struck by how busy the local flower stand was on my way home from work that Tuesday evening. It’s no surprise many people (mostly men) were scrambling, last minute to pick up a token of love for their significant other. Truth be told, I decided to pull in and join the masses, by picking up a few gifts for some of the special people in my life. As I shuffled my way around the maze of flowers, bumping into other desperate souls, I thought to myself, what makes this day so special? Why do we celebrate love this one day a year? How do we continually keep the passion alive for the things that we care about the most in our lives?
“Life is Difficult.” proclaimed best selling author, Scott Peck, in the opening line of his book, The Road Less Traveled. This concise statement, sums up the great journey of life, with simplicity and truth. In fact, any worthy journey is filled with setbacks, challenges, questions and doubts — particularly if you have a specific destination in mind. The great opportunity we have in this human experience is to confront these challenges with an authentic investigation of our ability to press on toward the prize, and our energy to continue on in the pursuit of our desired destination.
Spend any time with a child under 7 years of age and you are certain to experience the wonders and newness of life. The one fundamental truth about children, and all human beings who seek new challenges is that we are naturally curious about the world and the activities we engage in.
Leadership is one of the most important of aspects of successful business or thriving communities. Yet, the practice of leadership remains a mystery when it comes to clearly explaining what great leadership is. You know it when you see it, but what are the essential principles of great leaders in a 21st century knowledge workforce?
Ongoing Feedback and Recognition
It’s a new year with new goals for you, your team, and your organization. But that doesn’t mean that you should wait until the end of the year to check back in with those goals. In fact, ongoing feedback and recognition conversations about the progress, challenges, and triumphs of you and your team goals are critical to, not only the achievement of those goals but improving engagement and optimally motivating others toward the common objectives you’re striving for.
Organizations of all sizes and global locations, among diverse workplaces, across a wide variety of industries are wrestling with ways to improve the way they inspire, lead, and analyze performance. While new standards for Continuous Performance Management (CPM) are becoming more widely embraced and used in organizations today, some of the core practices of how to effectively lead and influence others toward performance excellence remain steady and true.