How Do I Catch the Elevator to Success?

How Do I Catch the Elevator to Success?

A former colleague called me the other day, fatigued. She was working harder than ever, she felt, and not getting anywhere. At the same time, she was seeing peers seemingly move ahead with ease. What was she doing wrong? Nothing, I assured her. Some of us improve our...
Which Motivates More: A Carrot or a Stick?

Which Motivates More: A Carrot or a Stick?

The origins of the saying are unclear. It starts with a donkey being guided by a carrot strung in front of him, just out of reach. The desire for the carrot will get that donkey to move forward. If it doesn’t, the owner may hit the donkey from behind with a...
The One Thing Employees Need Most

The One Thing Employees Need Most

What do employees need most to feel satisfied and successful at work? It’s not what you think. Sure, opportunity for advancement is important. So too is “work/life balance”, whatever that means. (I prefer work/life “Enoughness”). Ample...
Which Role Do You Play?

Which Role Do You Play?

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts. – ¬†William Shakespeare, As You Like It How often have we heard, “Life is not a dress...
The Many Contradictions of a Capable Leader

The Many Contradictions of a Capable Leader

How do you lead? With anything in particular? With a little bit of everything? Much has been written about the expectations for a new generation of leaders and the need to be multifaceted. (Not multi-faced. Multifaceted!) What is a multifaceted leader? Mirriam-Webster...