internal motivation is more important than external motivators for leaders

Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead is an excellent article on the Harvard Business Review website. In a study, over 10,000 Army officers were tracked from their entrance into West Point until well into their careers. The findings were surprising. Read the following paragraph from the article:  "As one might predict, we found that … Continue reading internal motivation is more important than external motivators for leaders

conjuring up motivation – doesn’t work

Good Monday morning to you on this Christmas week! What a thrill it is to celebrate that wonderful and beautiful mystery of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sunday afternoon I finished the book Remote, Office Not Required. It's an excellent book.Towards the end of the book I found the following quotes … Continue reading conjuring up motivation – doesn’t work

praise or criticism – which is more effective?

Good Monday morning to you! It was a spectacular day here in NE Indiana yesterday!! I hope you have a great week ahead. I am excited as I get to travel to Nacogdoches, TX this Friday and spend some time with the leadership of Fredonia Hill Baptist Church. In a recent LinkedIn article entitled "Praise … Continue reading praise or criticism – which is more effective?

How Do I Fit Here?

Good Monday morning to you! This weekend a good friend of mine posted on Facebook his opinion that naps ought to be a required part of the first week of daylight savings time. After getting up this morning with my body clock at odds with my alarm clock I think he may be on to something. How important is … Continue reading How Do I Fit Here?

Praise is Powerful

One of my challenges is I tend to want to receive praise more than I give praise.  It seems that I am a tad self-centered! Which is not very smart as praise is powerful in encouraging people. People need to hear when they are doing well.  They need to hear it from you - their … Continue reading Praise is Powerful

Five Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Staff

Motivation is a topic about which much has been written.  Personally, I am one of those that believe that it is more effective to make sure you hire motivated people and then allow them to do their jobs than it is to try to motivate people who don't care or no longer trust the organization.  One way … Continue reading Five Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Staff

The Problem Isn’t Motivation, It’s Follow-Through

Good Friday morning to you. It has been an intense but fruitful week for us at here Life Action, but the result was me not being able to write much this week. We are launching the OneCry Initiative next month which is a nationwide effort and we had leaders in from across the country working … Continue reading The Problem Isn’t Motivation, It’s Follow-Through

Do You “Push” or “Pull” Your Staff?

From Leading From The Heart by Dave Kraft: "Experience has led me to believe that the success of any organization, church, or group is having high morale because people are motivated and glad to be working there. One of the skill sets that every leader needs to develop is motivating people to perform at their … Continue reading Do You “Push” or “Pull” Your Staff?