Archive for Motivating Workers

Being a Genius Does Not Mean You Have To Fail

I mentioned Ken Thomson’s leadership recently and today want to mention Reid Hoffman. Ken Thomson is not a genius, but got good people (also not geniuses) who had the same values and direction.  Reid Hoffman is a Genius. He started and led LinkedIn.  Ronen Shilo says, ” First, he had a vision which he executed […]

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Don’t Follow the Crowd. Learn from the Long Time Successful

Hiring for credentials is epidemic and unwise.  Readers probably know how much harm I have seen from this practice. I could not help but paste a piece of this article explaining how Thomson Corporation achieved huge growth over the 30 years of Ken Thomson’s leadership.  I paste several words below. In 1976, Thomson inherited a […]

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Workers are Dissatisfied. Does It Matter?

I heard an old boss remark once, “They should be thankful they have a job.” Then he knuckled down on their benefits.  Forbes put out survey data on employee satisfaction.  Just 19% of Americans are satisfied with their job.  See the whole article here.   They note the world situation is much the same. It does […]

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Fear Must Be Driven Out

The highly successful Western GM of Bosch Siemens Wuxi likes to say this.  “Fear must be driven out.” What he sees is that fear is a big enemy of high quality production and overall business growth. I so agree. When workers fear, their creativity dives. Their initiative goes down.  Reporting of problems goes down. Workers […]

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Leadership and Objectivity

I often tell people around me, “To objectively read a book is impossible.”  This is an important principle that many of you know in one way or another.  However, most people do not realize how fundamental this idea is to business growth. A corollary to this phrase would be: to objectively view a customer, supplier, […]

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Need New People? – Make The Rare Triple Play

I may not catch this webinar, but what they say in the opening here is so right…. Hiring + 90 Wisdom and M4R Model: Managing and Engaging in the First Quarter Hiring the right person – check. Managing the new hire – check. Engaging the new hire – uh oh! The first 90 days can […]

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Making Space for Creative Collaboration

Just listened to an Idea Cast at HBR titled Designing Space For Creative Collaboration.   Nice podcast and very worth ten minutes of time to listen to. The Stanford University authors of Make-Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration have done good research on how to make a creative environment. In fact, all businesses […]

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