Motivation

July 18, 2018

Attitude, Work Ethic, and Intelligence.

You bring three characteristics to the job market: attitude, work ethic and intelligence. I sometimes compare these characteristics to a three-legged stool. You have some of each. How much? How important is each? Can you affect them? Do you care? My mom used to say that bad company will defeat […]
June 28, 2018

Days Are Long. Years Are Short.

Days Are Long. Years Are Short. Use your watch not your calendar to set deadlines. Whether setting a task for yourself or for others it is far preferable to glance at your watch when establishing a deadline rather than your calendar. Your calendar belongs in a drawer. Near at hand […]
May 1, 2018

Emulate People Who Are Really Good

In 2002 I transitioned to a role responsible for, among other things, electronic newsletters, a web site requiring Search Engine Optimization and Pay per Click, content, images, thematic elements, as well as online gift card sales, an ecommerce presence and loads of other “stuff” you equate with the internet. I […]
April 10, 2018

Is It In Your Nature To Prevail

Is it in your nature to prevail? When you noticed that headline what was your initial reaction? Your response will say much about how our brain is trained. If you are comfortable in a victim status, you don’t expect to prevail. Dealt a bad hand so-to-speak. How can you win? […]
February 28, 2018

Three Minutes to Absorb the Meaning of Life.

Responsibility is what gives life meaning. Start with that. Responsibility. An example of responsibility that makes me smile involves the student managers of the Duke basketball team. They travel with the team. Basketball’s pace means player sweat bigtime. When they fall, they leave wet and potentially slippery floors. The home […]
January 18, 2018

Economic Growth Has Arrived; Take Advantage.

Today’s economic backdrop represents the best circumstance you are likely to enjoy in your career. Can you trampoline up from the position you have right now? Start your own company? Escalate your pay level? Is there a clever way to leverage your title, your skills, your attitude and your work […]
December 1, 2017

It’s My Life

There is no sense addressing motivation without acknowledging there has to be a link between what you feel and what you do. You can feel that your life is important, that you’re not going to live forever, that you have one chance on this rock. Yet if it doesn’t translate […]
November 8, 2017

Be an Agent of Change. The Worse It Is, The More Impact You Can Make.

I was speaking earlier today to a former colleague. She recently joined a company with a prestigious name, yet her particular work environment is less than motivating. She is exposed to what sounds to me like serious dysfunction in mid-level management while her immediate subordinates have developed a low-standard mindset. She can […]
October 20, 2017

Belief in Yourself is the Soul of Attitude

Not all promotions are linear. The next role might be obvious and organizations move in that direction naturally. Loads of obstacles can arise. Some bosses don’t readily promote from within. Lack of turnover can repress movement, and often the lackluster are the ones who are willing to hang around. Then […]
October 9, 2017

Philosopher or Farmer

“What does his dad do?” or “What does your husband do?” are common initial questions you might ask a son about a friend or a neighbor about her husband. Some folks disguise the intent more gracefully but just about everyone seems to search for this critical data point when discussing […]