Category Archives: Motivation

Top 10 (or so) Ways to Ensure You Never Lose Another Employee

Turnover blows. Here is how you can prevent the pain – forever: Hire incompetent people – no one else ever will. They will be yours to keep until the day they retire. Promote people beyond their abilities. Always eliminate training … Continue reading

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Miscommunicating on money versus meaning

This really did start out as a comment to John Moore’s Brand Autopsy entry entitled Is it Making Money or Making Meaning? But I just kept writing and writing and writing. So I thought I’d move it over here. In … Continue reading

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Don't fight the rhythm

(Hat tip to Kathy Sierra for Creating Passionate Users: Rhythm method) One of the problems with driven employees is that they think they should be working–all of the time. I know, because I think I should be working all the … Continue reading

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Viva la Mediocrity

You realize of course that the longer you plug away below your ability, the less likely that you will find yourself pushing into new territory. Complacency will turn your beard white. I think that Rip Van Winkle probably worked in … Continue reading

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In 90 days, where would you like to be?

Here’s another great snippet on goal setting from LifeDev, The 90-Day Rule The thing that struck me? I am forever hassling people to come up with 18-month plans and 3-year plans. Hassle hassle hassle. But now? Now, I can also … Continue reading

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Mavericks at Work

It just dawned on me that you bright-eyed, happy-go-lucky kids seem like the types who might jump at the chance to read Mavericks at Work. Well, not to rain on your parade, sunshine. But I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’ll … Continue reading

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Parenting versus Babysitting – The Manager's Duty

“I didn’t take them on to raise” is a phrase I’ve heard not just once in my professional career. And the retort is, “well, yes you did.” Crap managers babysit, good managers parent. (And if you’ve had a really rockstar … Continue reading

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