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Book of the Week

July 13, 2011

Author: Daniel H. Pink

Date Published: 2009

Pages: 272

The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.Daniel H. Pink

The Book Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us is an informative read that puts decades of scientific research into perspective- without denying the realities of what truly motivate us. Trade in your carrots and sticks for a strategy that is bound to motivate your employees, while increasing your productivity and driving your bottom line.

Watershed Training Solutions Stamp of Approval: This book is a phenomenal resource that we used in our latest newsletter article Intrinsic Motivation: The Key to Increasing Employee Engagement and its related tip How to Boost intrinsic Motivation to Increase Employee Engagement. Pink offers sound reasoning supporting his push for intrinsic motivation as well as effective strategies that managers, leaders and individual employees can use to boost this critical motivator. Checkout our Article and Tip to learn more!


Quotes of the Week

July 12, 2011

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“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” –Ken Blanchard, Author

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” –Vince Lombardi, Football Coach

“A good leader is not the person who does things right, but the person who finds the right things to do.” –Anthony T. Dadovano

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams, American President

“The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization.” –Fred Fiedler and Martin Chemers, Psychologists

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” –Warren G. Bennis, Author

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Quotes of the Week

July 5, 2011

“Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” ~ Danzae Pace, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response TO what happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose.” ~Maureen Killoran, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

“Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.” ~Natalie Goldberg, American Author

“To be “on edge” you are literally not centered – not being in your spiritual center.” ~Carrie Latet, Poet

“When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.” ~Catherine Pulsifer, Author

Quotes of the Week

June 28, 2011

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“The things that come most quickly into your life are the things that you BELIEVE in the most. You can only bring to you what you BELIEVE, so you must BELIEVE to receive what you want. May the joy be with you” ~ Rhonda Byrne, Australian Television Writer and Producer

“There are two kinds of people: Those who say, “I will believe it when I see it.” And those who say, “To see it, I know I must believe it.” ~Rhonda Byrne, Australian Television Writer and Producer

“The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where they are going.” ~David Starr Jordan, Peace Activist

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” ~Tom Krause, Motivational Speaker

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” ~Bo Bennett, Author

Quotes of the Week

June 21, 2011

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” ~Leon Suenens, Clergyman, 1904-1996

“When all think alike than no one is thinking.” ~Walter Lippman, Writer and Reporter

“Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life.” ~Harvey Firestone, Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” ~Roger Von Oech, President of Creative Think

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” ~Dr. Linus Pauling, 2 Time Nobel Prize Laureate

Boost Intrinsic Motivation to Increase Employee Engagement

June 15, 2011

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Senior managers and executives looking to boost intrinsic motivation can do so by adopting some simple practices:

  • Give Control: Brain scans illustrate that “the pleasure neurotransmitter, dopamine, is released in the brain, not when we’re rewarded, but when we’re fully engaged in the work that leads to the reward” (National Post, March 18, 2011). Simply put, you can increase your employee’s job satisfaction through their work. When employees feel like they are in command of their own projects and career, they are naturally more engaged and invested in their job, and thus, more productive (Time Magazine, January 12, 2010).

Leaders can give their employees control by allowing them to manage their time. Adopting a principal such as 90/10 – 10% of the time they are free to work on whatever they desire- is a good place to begin (Time Magazine, January 12, 2010).

  • Create a Sense of Belonging: Some employees are spending more time on the job than with their loved ones, stressing the importance of a strong community environment at work (JRA Kenexa, July 2008). The Great Place to Work Institute Canada has consistently revealed that companies at the top of the list are known for cutting edge cultures that are built on employee trust (Canadian Business, 2006). Take Microsoft Canada Inc., the number one Canadian employer in 2011, their employees love their company because it celebrates diverse people and ideas. Therefore they are valued as more than just an individual occupying a position (Life at Microsoft, Microsoft.com).

Leaders can create a sense of community by implementing strategies that encourage collaboration such as a company blog or daily newsletter that inform employees of what is happening within their company. Furthermore, online collaboration tools such as Yammer, which allows coworkers to chat and share pictures, could be helpful in advancing this goal (Inc., Feb 24, 2011).

  • Create Purpose: Kenneth Thomas of Ivey Business School explains that when employees feel they have an opportunity to “accomplish something of real value – something that matters in the larger scheme of things” they are more successful. This is because they can justify the amount of effort, time and energy put into a given task (Ivey Business Journal, December 2009).  By illustrating the company’s purpose, employees will understand how their work impacts on the organization.

Leaders can create purpose by clearly communicating their vision to their employees. Bestselling author Daniel Pink outlined a simple exercise in his interview with Time Magazine (2010). He suggests that each employee be given 3-5 blank cards on which they will write their interpretation of the company’s purpose. Leaders can then assess how cohesive their message is and what the company means to their workers (Time Magazine, January 12, 2010).

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