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Getting started on something might seem like the hardest thing to do. Your brain resists it with all its might. You can’t argue with your brain; you will lose every time. But you can trick it. Here's how...
Whether they write code, save lives, or serve beer, managers always want employees to step on the gas. It’s a common problem that invites a common solution: pressure. However, if you over-rely on pressure, you may break things that are hard to fix—like...
If you are a manager, you carry a double responsibility for keeping yourself in high spirits and protecting your employees from unnecessary drudgery and fun-killing pressure. Here's why...
You want employees who love to work, not the ones who despise and avoid it. Part of the responsibility to love one’s work rests with the employee. However, there is a lot an employer can do to make the work rewarding and even addictive...
All of my friends, family, and many others have snubbed their noses at every single piece of advice I am about to give you, and you are welcome to do the same. Just know that it works...
Positive thinking is huge for any individual or company. Not fake positive. Real positive. If you’re not sure you can get to real positive, your first step is to sell yourself on positive thinking. This is how it’s happened for me.
Do performance goals help employees focus and deliver superior results? Or do they just add pressure and subtract motivation? Do they give meaning to our work or take it away?
For experiment’s sake, take a task you enjoy and often perform without being reminded—and set a deadline to it. Make it doable, but tight. Great. What happened to your motivation?
Taking pride in your work may sound like a stretch when you're assigned some mundane and miserable task. And, while some jobs come with more built-in glitz than others, any job can be uplifting or demoralizing, depending on who's doing it.
When asked about their biggest challenge at work, many managers responded—and one person screamed (using all caps)—"PEOPLE."
Once you remove software from the list of your biggest challenges at work, your people can focus on solving real problems. Here's how you can go about doing just that...
Sometimes it takes a Learning and Development Manager to point out that there’s no learning or development. So, what does a Learning and Development Manager do at a company that is stuck in a rut?
“Yes!” I thought when I found this brave little challenge in the sea of productivity and negativity complaints. Here’s a person, I thought, who is not out to brainwash and slave-drive her coworkers. But to refresh and entertain!
Who doesn’t like to chat? Complain about your problems. Brilliantly solve them for other people. Confirm your superior knowledge. You know there’s a ton of chatting going on in your company right now. You try to channel it into your brand new intranet,...
You’ve done your research. You’ve watched the demos. You’ve negotiated the deal. You’ve plowed through the installation. Now it’s about time management patted you on the back for all the ways a social intranet makes their lives easier and more fun. Wai...
A social intranet can and should completely transform the way companies talk to employees. Because it does something no other platform can do. It captures all three streams of communication in real time.
Now that everyone who reads my blog can find their files, it’s time to ask the next question. What do you do with those files? And, more importantly, where do you do it?
I am a huge believer in solving everyday micro-challenges for the simple reason that this stuff adds up. Which is why I will answer this researcher’s call for help with everything I know about finding your work files...
Employees concerned about using all of their technical abilities are not the slacker types. They have the potential of being the brightest stars in their field. So, what can you do when they're not feeling they are using their best skills?
Even if your new hire is not sure how the job will turn out, all the happy noises from family and friends—who also have no clue—give him a temporary high. How temporary? It depends on many factors. Most importantly, his new boss and his coworkers.
Unfortunately, more and more workplaces look like busy, understaffed kitchens these days. I mean you have to be motivated to work there! So, what’s a manager to do?
How about this for an employee engagement idea? Do stuff that works. Like implementing an intranet that lets you complete tasks in fewer steps. Here's how...
Nothing kills a project like a lack of sharing and collaborating on standard processes and procedures. And, having spent my whole life in IT, I’ve seen the proof of this firsthand.
Thank God we are still a free country where everyone is entitled to the relentless pursuit of his own pettiness. And if I am not ready to kick mine, how can I demand it of others? So, how do you solve pettiness?
Poor leadership is a serious matter. Incompetence at the top can create more problems than Internal Communications is willing or able to solve. That said, it’s always easy to blame the guy not in the room. Today, let’s focus on something Internal Comms...
How can you advise people who refuse to read your advice, let alone take it? Maybe this challenge is one of those rare occasions when you can blame the messenger. Meaning email.
Breaking the bad news could be a harrowing task, especially if you’ve never done it before. Thankfully, it’s rare that Internal Comms needs to reinvent the wheel. They have a blueprint to follow. It’s called the sh*t sandwich.
The perfect manager is a lie. So is the perfect employee. In reality, it’s neither necessary nor sufficient for everyone on the team to be perfect to do good work and enjoy it. What’s needed is—