Are your people motivated to perform?

It’s natural that senior managers focus immediately goes to profits, for profits are real, measurable and a goal. However, to get there organisations need to consider deferring immediate gratification and explore the less tangible world of motivation, of feelings and wants of people;  if we can do this, the rewards are vast because productivity gains will be enormous. Performance is about being on top of our work, of being able to achieve things for both ourselves and for the organisation, and, if we perform at a high level for any length of time we start becoming extremely productive. Thus, it can be argued that productivity…

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No Leadership Without The Ability To Motivate

If we consider the number one factor that affects organisational success, we would soon conclude that there is a synergy in which several strands all work together for maximum effectiveness. Some great ideas that you may have come up with that contribute are: Having clear goals together with a flexible plan Focusing whole organisational strength on the key issue Taking the offensive in the market place and sustaining it Finding your competitors weakness and exploiting it Anticipating competitors’ plans and concealing one’s response Whilst these are all examples of powerful ideas which, if pursued relentlessly, can make a major impact…

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Stop Guessing With Your Recruitment

The science around recruitment and ensuring a best fit candidate first time around is becoming ever more important. With pressure on training and development budgets, employers need to know as much as they can about each candidate in order that they find the best person for the role. What about motivation? Employers are able to identify skills and experience from the shortlisting process and can gain an understanding of a person’s personality from an interview or profiling tool, but, until recently, the understanding of what motivates and drives an individual to perform at work has largely been left to chance.…

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Do you want to improve the motivation of your business?

The problem with motivation is that previously we haven’t really known what to do about it… Organisations have thought that money has been the main driver and yet we can now demonstrate that money is one of only nine motivational preferences at work and that when you know what motivates each member of your team you can actively enhance motivation… As a Manager you have little choice but to manage people based upon what motivates you, or at best your best guess of what motivates each person and I can guarantee from personal experience that that will not be accurate…

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If you could travel in time!

I was fortunate enough to be travelling back from Bali recently where I spent a fantastic couple of weeks on an entrepreneurial retreat…. On the plane on the way back I settled into watching a film which had the base premise of time travel. The men in the family had the ability to travel in time and age 21 the sons where told of this ability by their father… The film had the usual hi-jinks you could imagine with a young man suddenly finding he had the ability to re-live events and do things differently… As the film progressed things…

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Greetings from Bali!

I am currently a week into an Entrepreneurial Retreat in Bali, and what an experience it has been so far… On a couple of mornings during this first week, when my eyes have been opened to new learnings, I have felt myself start to experience an old sense of urgency… More recently I have been living much more presently, mindfully and in the moment. So what had caused this shift in state that had taken me out of the moment as my mind wandered into the future? The answer? The very thing I came to the retreat for, knowledge which…

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Not your ordinary dentist appointment…

I wouldn’t usually however felt compelled to describe my experience this morning to see if it helps shine light on the human dilemma/experience… I had a dentist appointment in London @9.30am of which I won’t bore you with the details (I’m not interested) and neither should you be… My experience on route however re-affirmed a few things for me… I woke late (children unusually sleeping past 6.30am) and Jules kindly reminded me I had an appointment to make and a train to catch… Not 100% sure where I was going I turned to the trusty electronic device, agh 4% battery…

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Why your workforce is de-motivated!

Why do you think so little attention is paid to motivation within organizations? What could account for this neglect? From experience of using motivational maps in the work place we have found that the majority of people are not highly motivated. Motivational Maps has had over 20,000 Map profiles completed with hundreds of organizations and very few score in the higher motivation range. In many cases they are de-motivated and even at a crisis point. People need to work and their commitment to and engagement with their employer extends no further than the next pay cheque. This is not a…

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Why performance is in the body not the head! Lessons from professional sport!

I wanted to take the time to share with you an experience I had on Sunday… I was fortunate enough to be 12th man for Essex v Sri Lanka for the day and share the dressing room with the players and the coaching staff… What I experienced was both fabulous and a surprise… Why? Because as someone who played semi pro cricketer for 15 years and 1st team club cricket for 23 years the preparation for the game with Essex was more relaxed than anything I had experienced in top flight club cricket!!! That isn’t to say it wasn’t professional…

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Where do ideas come from?

I heard a comedian this week talking on the radio and when asked where his ideas came from he said quite glibly in my head of course…. Think about that for a minute and we can see the flaw, if we were to complete a lobotomy I am sure we may struggle to find the ideas… If we think about our best ideas we quickly understand that they do not emerge when we are stressed, angry, disappointed etc and instead those eureka moments always come from a place of calm… This is why enlightened organisations promote thinking time over needless…

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