Secrets to Motivation (Part 3 of 3)

When you believe you are capable of something, aren’t you more motivated to do it? I remember a college instructor who believed in me. He made me believe in myself. So, I entered a speech competition. I screwed up. I forgot what I was saying in the middle of my speech … then I kept

Secrets to Motivation (Part 2 of 3)

Raise your hand if you want to be micromanaged. I cannot see you, but I bet $1000 that you did not raise your hand. Raise your hand if you don’t care if your work makes a difference. I am confident you didn’t raise your hand this time either. That’s because you have needs. In fact,

Secrets to Motivation (Part 1 of 3)

“Rumor has it you got advisor of the year. Congratulations.” This above was a sterile email I received from my boss in 2008.  No greeting. No signature. No encouragement. It was demotivating. I have never understood why my boss didn’t walk the 50 feet from her office to my office and personally congratulate me. My

When Family is More Important than Work

The past five weeks have been utterly exhausting, and I have put my business on the back burner so to speak. Why? Because my Dad needed me. In March, my 84-year-old Dad called me and said, “I think I want to sell my home. It’s too much to take care of.” This wasn’t the first

Persist, Desist, or Shift?

Ever feel stuck and unsure whether you should continue trying, come up with a new plan, or just give up? I get it. I’ve been there. Lately, I’m finding myself having conversations with multiple people who feel stuck in their career, their business, or their life in general. It’s a really sucky place to be.

How to Get Motivated

Staying motivated is a challenge for EVERYONE I know. Sure, we all have moments of momentum, but what happens when our momentum slows or comes to a screeching halt? Do you relinquish the power of motivation? Do you accept you just aren’t going to be productive? Do you give up hope of completing your tasks?

Key Psychological Needs of Employee Motivation (2 of 3)

My Grandson is 2 ½ years old and his job, as with every 2 ½-year-old, is to learn and master skills.  Each week when I visit him, I see he has learned something new. Words with a lot of syllables in the same sentence. Catch a ball (sort of).  Read (memorize) a book. Run AND

  • Autonomy is one of three employee psychological needs

Key Psychological Needs of Employee Motivation (1 of 3)

“My wife, Mary Jean, owned a soft ice cream store, which operated from April 15 through Labor Day. Both of our children, Kate and Andy, worked there during the summer months. After they had worked there a few weeks, Mary Jean made this comment to each of them: ‘You’ll often be working by yourself. I

3 Things Employees Cannot Live Without

“Rumor has it you got advisor of the year. Congratulations.” This was a sterile email I received from my boss in 2008.  I still wonder why my boss didn’t walk the 50 feet from her office, to my office, to personally congratulate me on this statewide award. Well, I actually know why. I worked in