Submitted by Sal Silvester on October 12, 2011
Your life today is an answer to the questions you have asked up until now. The good news is that you can change the questions anytime you wish. Ask better questions and you get better answers. Sometimes changing our lives can be as simple as changing the questions we habitually ask ourselves and others.
- Matthew Kelly, Off Balance
Submitted by Sal Silvester on October 10, 2011
- What will you (boss, team, organization, community) do for me?
- What will you (boss, team, organization, community) provide for me if I do that for you?
- I am waiting for you (boss, team, organization, community) to give me an opportunity.
- I am stuck with these choices.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on October 3, 2011
I often hear leaders say "I want my people to contribute more in our team meetings."
What most leaders don't realize is that limited conversation is often the result of their individual behaviors. For example, I recently attended a client's team meeting and noticed that he would ramble on for several minutes at a time and then ask "any questions?" and without hesitation begin talking again.
And, he didn't even know he was doing it.
Want to generate more conversation in your meetings?
Try these three ideas.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on August 15, 2011
Another common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust.
MISTAKE: Drawing clear lines in the sand.
The challenge in many organizations is that most leaders don’t get to know their people well enough to create a motivating environment. They like to draw lines in the sand between business and personal.
Actually, our business and personal lives often intersect and have a huge impact on each other.We need to make business personal.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 27, 2011
Here's a real life situation of a manager providing general praise to a team member.
Manager's email to team member:
"Good job Jordan. Keep up the good work!"
Team member's verbal response to the email:
"Shut up jack a$$. I'm not on your fifth grade soccer team. I'm a professional."
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 17, 2011
Have you ever wondered what is motivating to your people?
It's important to know, because as leaders, we need to tailor everything we do based on our team members' preferences and priorities.
I was in a team building workshop last week, and one of my participants asked, "...but how do we know what motivates our team members?"
I simply replied, "Just ask."
Here are some questions you might ask your team members and co-workers to better understand their needs and aspirations.
1. What two or three aspects of your work do you enjoy most?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 5, 2011
This is the fourth post in a 4-Part series. To get the scoop in why recognition is important, see Part 1. To understand some of the myths about recognition, see Part 2. To learn about the 4-level framework for a recognition program, see Part 3.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 3, 2011
In Part 1 of this series we talked about the "case" for recognition. In Part 2, we have debunked some of the myths around recognition, the next steps are to put a framework in place for an effective recognition program.
In The Carrot Principle, the authors outline a four-level approach to recognition that is straight forward and easy to implement.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 28, 2011
The Manager who approached me in Part 1 of this series had used his original question of 'Sal, why do I have to give people recognition for doing their job?' to set me up.
He was persistent and continued, "I don't give people recognition for just doing their jobs. That's what they get paid for."
The conversation went on, and he justified his position of not giving people recognition by saying that he had high standards. Hmmm. High standards, I thought. What does that have to do with it?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 17, 2011
One of the fastest ways to get a new team member "up to speed" is to make the process intentional.
In many companies, HR plays a key role in "onboarding" new employees. But more must be done at the team level (from senior leadership teams to functional teams) to help new team members get acclimated to the culture and its unwritten rules (that aren't documented in employee handbooks), and to truly understand roles and accountabilities (that aren't usually accurately captured in a position description).
When teams formally spend time orienting new team members it...