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May 3, 2011

Be an Optimist Without Being a Fool

Posted on Harvard Business Review: May 2, 2011 9:15 AM There are quite a number of motivational speakers and self-improvement books out there with a surprisingly ...

February 22, 2011

How Are You Feeling About Your Job?

Posted on Harvard Business Review: February 22, 2011 10:44 AM Last week, my company, The Energy Project, held an offsite for our employees. On the second day, we ...

February 15, 2011

Will the Sun Shine Bright on Kentucky Innovation?

Posted on Harvard Business Review: February 11, 2011 3:59 PM My friend Eric Patrick Marr, a passionate social entrepreneur, has been working to promote ...

January 21, 2011

Managing Employees in Their Twenties

Posted on Harvard Business Review: January 19, 2011 3:10 PM I've been lucky to work with some awesome employees in their twenties. While that formative decade is long ...

December 17, 2010

Navigating Bonus Season

Posted on Harvard Business Review: December 17, 2010 10:48 AM Bonus season can be a tough time for managers. They have to make difficult decisions about who to reward ...

November 2, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg and Misery as Motivation

Posted on Harvard Business Review: November 1, 2010 11:57 AM Did Mark Zuckerberg start Facebook friending because he was unable to make friends? That's the main theme ...

November 3, 2009

Prime Your Mind for Action

In my last article, I explained why people who believe they control events in their life are such an asset to the companies they work for. Good leaders also wanted to ...

October 20, 2009

Finding the Freedom Not to Fail

Would it bother you to find out that 80% of your staff is betting against your success? I'm not suggesting they want you to fail. In fact, most probably wish things ...

October 13, 2009

How to Spark Innovation and Creativity

Maybe it was just the kind of kid I was, but I think most children are constantly reminded by adults to be more efficient. Maybe not exactly in those words. More ...

October 13, 2009

How to Retain and Motivate Talent Now

When times are tough, motivating people may fall way down the list of a company's priorities; survival comes first. Managers know that the risk of defection is ...

October 6, 2009

Innovation: The Alpha Effect

We recently got a call from a friend who happens to be the CEO of a Fortune 1000 company. She told us she was leaving to go to a much smaller firm. She had nothing but...

October 2, 2009

The Best Companies and the Rest

Understanding what the best companies do to be successful has been a business obsession for years. But what is at the core of their success? An intriguing way to ...

September 22, 2009

Sustainability: It's Not About Lightbulbs

The owner of a McDonald's franchise made news recently by opening an eco-friendly restaurant in Cary, N.C. It has energy-efficient refrigerators, low-flow toilets, ...

September 8, 2009

Reward Older Workers with What They Really Want

Posted on Winning the Talent War: September 4, 2009 2:08 PM It's Labor Day. Do you know who your workforce is? Don't be surprised if it's looking a little more mature....

September 8, 2009

Tricks of a Master Motivator

Texas-based Web host service company Rackspace was hard hit last fall when Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, and the financial markets went haywire. The onetime ...

September 1, 2009

Get Ideas Flowing with a Job Swap

Mike went to a high school with hundreds of kids in each class, which made gym class kind of a circus. But a technique that his gym teachers used to make sure all the ...

August 28, 2009

What Alienates Top Performers

Posted on I Quit—Now What?: August 27, 2009 4:22 PM When asked what factors matter most in retaining talented employees, most of us can name the big ones: pay, ...

August 21, 2009

Keeping Employees Engaged While Reducing Benefits

During challenging economic times, corporate leaders often seek cost savings through cuts in employee compensation and benefits programs. In fact, a study by Corporate...

August 14, 2009

John Ryan: Creating a Sense of Urgency Among Employees

Like so many business sectors, the executive-education industry is challenged as the global economic crisis lingers. Many companies are scaling back their training ...

August 14, 2009

Change Is Hardest in the Middle

It's no surprise that moods are sagging in mid-2009. The capital markets are stalling, the banks are barely lending, the federal government stimulus is not stimulating...

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