Motivation is one of those topics that influences a lot in the workplace including: organization design, human resources, policy and procedure, and leadership. The problem isn’t the application of motivation, but rather what people have come to understand about motivation.
Instead of focusing on the job at hand employees become hyper-focused on the dispute they’re in. As a result, your company loses valuable time and money, exposes itself to negative publicity, and risks the loss of key employees. When tempers flare, consider deploying these tools to restore peace and your bottom line.
The key to making extraordinary things happen in organizations is great leadership. It contributes more to positive outcomes than any other single factor. Great products, great people, great strategy, great systems are critical, but great leadership is the secret sauce that makes an organization successful.
Think about buzzwords you hear these days… mindfulness, balance, authenticity. They sound straightforward on their own but when it comes to implementing them in a business environment, what do they really mean? And yet, these buzzwords are being heralded for their ability to usher in next-level clarity and return on investment.
Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is launching an Advanced Leadership Academy in February 2019. According to a news release, the program was created “to meet workforce needs in the quickly growing Northern Nevada economy.”
I frequently lead workshops on leadership for the client companies I work with. And each time I do, I have the pleasure of introducing many of them to one of the most important leadership tools I’ve discovered; one that has had immeasurable impact on my own life and leadership: Mindfulness.
In business, introverted leaders are often closeted. They don’t own their introversion, instead exhausting themselves (and likely frustrating their extroverted peers) by pretending to be something they’re not. Because the bottom line is this: Extroverts are predominantly favored as leaders in business. According to Jonathan Rauch in an analysis in The Atlantic: “In our extrovertist society, being outgoing is considered normal and therefore desirable, a mark of happiness, confidence, leadership.” He goes on to describe introverts as associated with words that “suggest emotional parsimony and smallness of personality.” (Not exactly how one wants to be viewed in business, right?)