So many leaders and managers bring to their leadership and management an underlying assumption about their employees that the only way to motivate them to perform at a high level is to use a reward and punishment model of motivation, the old carrot and stick approach. They do, however, use a much more sophisticated management language to describe it. The underlying message is: “If you do what we want you to do you will get a carrot and if you don’t do what we want you to do you will get the stick.” This is extrinsic motivation. There is considerable evidence that employees whose work is solely extrinsically motivated don’t end up being the kind of employees who are engaged in your organisation and want to give 150%. Their only motivation often is what they can get from your organisation, not what they can give. Daniel Pink tweeted that carrots and sticks are so last century and that in his book on motivation – DRIVE – he says that for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.Read More
People are worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year but they really should be worried about what they eat between New Year and Christmas. an unknown author reminded us. We make so many resolutions about being healthy and eating well in the new year and then watch ourselves break those promises to ourselves. We become overwhelmed at work and eat and drink to , telling ourselves it’s a good way to relieve the stress. It isn’t. If we want to be high energy, high performing professionals we need to put into the engine that is our body the right food and drink that will empower us to do what is important to us and that will fire our success.Read More
Every year Gihan Perera invites a group of empowered and empowering professionals in the personal and professional development field to contribute some inspirational ideas to a book on how they can expect more from the following year. It has been my privilege to be invited to contribute for many years now. This year my article is on 5 Steps to Motivate High Performance in Your People in 2017.
My gift to you at the end of this year is a copy of this book. I hope is that some of the ideas in this book will help you have a very successful year in 2017, one that sees you jump over obstacles, and achieve the goals you set for yourself.Read More