Fear as a Motivator

That is a quote from Seth Godin's most recent podcast, and it is definitely worth a listen if you have not already. (Click here to go to Akimbo) Seth highlights how we teach people to juggle and ride a bike. His main point is that fear and shame are often the traditional go-to in our … Continue reading Fear as a Motivator

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Time is a powerful motivator

If you have ever missed a bus, and watched it drive away just out of reach, you understand the impact of time on all your systems. Time is that one sense and dimension we wrestle with and cannot escape, and that struggle can truly get in the way of so much we intend to do. … Continue reading Time is a powerful motivator

Are you motivated by pain or success?

There is also another side to motivation. You might call it, lighting the fire under your butt. But there are two different ways that can happen. Success My oldest son Corban graduated this week, and man am I proud. I was proud of my daughter as well, but I think there are things we are … Continue reading Are you motivated by pain or success?

Is your goal the same as your co-worker’s?

"Once a foundation of engagement is in place, then you can focus on culture change. If you can't engage your employees, then you can't build a culture, and if you can't do that, then all talk of mission rings hollow." (Nate Dvorak, "When Mission Doesn't Matter", Gallup Blog, April 10/18) I used to preach/yell/chant/scream about … Continue reading Is your goal the same as your co-worker’s?

Monday Motivation is coming your way!

Have you decided whether you are internally or externally motivated? If you will recall, that is what last week’s blog was all about. Motivation is a central figure in much of what we do. What we expect of others. And what we choose to blame for things not getting done in our lives. Knowing more … Continue reading Monday Motivation is coming your way!

What motivates you?

Some people just see a wall, while others see what used to be a door and a window. We all approach life differently. We can be categorized, put into groups by type, where our similar likes, strengths, and preferences align us, but that is not our total self. How I set out to take on … Continue reading What motivates you?

How do you respond to unwarranted advice?

"Don't be sorry; just don't do it again!" How would you respond to this comment from a customer? A friend? A manager? A young worker at a local establishment was given the above advice from a disgruntled customer. There was a small error done during their service, and the honourable response seemed to be to … Continue reading How do you respond to unwarranted advice?

Can you afford training and development?

What are the top 2 reasons people give me for not continuing development in their current role? Time and Money. No surprise there, right? I cannot make time for you, that is something you will have to make on your own. But I may have found a way to get funding to alleviate the affordability … Continue reading Can you afford training and development?

Be Kind, even without the sale

Basic civility and common kindness are integral parts of all aspects of social interaction. Business is no exception. In fact, we have great opportunity in this arena to show these things as normal behaviour. I maintain this as true. But alas, not all humanity got the memo. We are given plenty of opportunity to see … Continue reading Be Kind, even without the sale

Managing Time or Harnessing Vision?

That is the question for the week! My book release is happening on Wednesday at 7:00pm CDT, and completely online. I will talk a bit, but mostly it will be left for commentary and thoughts as I make the order page live for people to download. The event is on my Facebook page if you … Continue reading Managing Time or Harnessing Vision?

A Resilient Life

Resilience is a good trait, not just in leadership, but for every walk of life. As I made my way past Necessary Endings (last week) I came across this book by Gordon MacDonald. I had picked it up at a leadership conference the year before, almost exactly at the time that I realized I was not … Continue reading A Resilient Life

Great Time at Camp!

Thanks for the great opportunity to speak into the lives of young leaders! I had a great week walking and talking with these fine folks at Roseau River Bible Camp this week. We discussed personality, growing in identity, and leadership in a team setting. What does it mean to know your personality and continue learning … Continue reading Great Time at Camp!