What I’m reading now: Employee Motivation

Although engagement gains did predict subsequent increases in organizational financial and market performance, the reverse was also true. In fact, gains in financial and market performance tended to boost certain aspects of employee engagement more than the other way around.

  • Author: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
  • Title: To Motivate Employees, Help Them Do Their Jobs Better
  • Source: HBR

What I’m reading now: Coaching & managing

But the most effective managers who are also effective coaches learn to be selective about giving direction. Rather than use their conversations as an opportunity to exert a strong influence, make recommendations, and provide unambiguous direction, they take a step back, and try to draw out the views of their talented, experienced staff.

Work vs. Life

Often people ask me how to achieve balance. I have learned to answer that you never have balance – because I have stopped fooling myself that you do. You make choices on what you do and what you don’t. Harvard Business Review  just published an interesting study on this subject in their March magazine, and I encourage all to review, reflect, and decide what works best for you.

What I’m reading now: Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy

No amount of structures, processes, and systems are ever enough to anticipate the kinds of problems employees face everyday on the front line of the business. So, instead, companies need to give their employees more autonomy and, at the same time, encourage them — impel them, even — to cooperate with each other. Only then, when they are liberated in this way, will employees be able to make critical judgments, balance complex trade-offs, and come up with creative solutions to new problems.

What I’m Reading Now: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

People who worked in a culture where they felt free to express affection, tenderness, caring, and compassion for one another were more satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization, and accountable for their performance.

  • Authors: Sigal Barsade and Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill
  • Title: Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better
  • Source: Harvard Business Review

What I’m reading now: Leadership styles

The research indicates that leaders with the best results do not rely on only one leadership style; they use most of them in a given week—seamlessly and in different measure—depending on the business situation. Imagine the styles, then, as the array of clubs in a golf pro’s bag. Over the course of a game, the pro picks and chooses clubs based on the demands of the shot. Sometimes he has to ponder his selection, but usually it is automatic. The pro senses the challenge ahead, swiftly pulls out the right tool, and elegantly puts it to work. That’s how high-impact leaders operate, too.

What I’m reading now: The Power of Bringing People Together

Out of the many ways that managers get things done, one of the most underused is what I call “convening authority”: the ability to bring people together to share information, build alignment, or solve problems.