Motivation

04
Jan

5 Communication Habits All Leaders Need to Motivate a Team Good communication is certainly a strong leadership trait. But what exactly does that look like? A global leadership study revealed that 85 percent of companies report an urgent need to develop employees with leadership potential. Let me echo that massive study: We are in an era with an alarming leadership shortage. As more Boomers retire and Millennials continue to increase in numbers as the largest working generation, today's companies just aren't prepared to develop tomorrow's leaders. Don't hit the panic button just yet, but I did want to raise your left eyebrow. If you're serious about leveraging leadership strength to grow your business (and you should be), then, plain and simple, develop your employees with high potential and the right people skills to move into leadership ...

13
Nov

September saw the 23rd annual World of Learning Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham, UK. Elysian's own Chris Atkinson spoke here with passion, delivering a talk on his favourite topic, motivating people - beyond money. In case you didn't have to opportunity to make it to World of Learning, we filmed the talk for you to watch. See the talk highlights: Transformational Leadership - Moving Beyond Money Despite a huge body of research to the contrary most organisations remain fixated on incentive and punishment as the key methodologies for employee engagement. Many leaders find it hard to imagine an organisational context where money isn’t the driving force behind the motivation of their people. Whilst money will remain the primary reason why most of us work it isn’t an effective motivator nor is it actually very effective ...

12
Nov

Elysian's Chris Atkinson reflects on this article, 7 Most Required Leadership Skills for 2015: As the rate of change in industry continues to increase it is not just your technology that needs to keep pace! Despite the fact that everyone recognises large scale technological and social change, most organisations refuse to acknowledge that there therefore needs to be a change in leadership and management style. Look at your leaders and managers, have they changed their approach? Have you challenged your way of operating? It seems that most organisations embrace the need for investment in structural, technological or procedural change but struggle to create any meaningful change to their relationship with their people. In a world of rapid change it seems crazy to see so many organisations failing to deal with this issue. To us it ...

15
Jun

Motivating Beyond Money

Despite a growing body of research to the contrary most organisations remain fixated on incentive and punishment as the key methodologies for employee motivation and engagement. Many leaders find it hard to imagine an organisational context where money isn’t the driving force behind the motivation of their people. Whilst money will remain the primary reason why most of us decide to work it actually isn’t an effective motivator nor is it actually very effective as a means to drive higher performance. If you see organisations like an engine, any engine needs fuel. The traditional fuel that powers that engine was incentive and reward or punishment and fear. The features of this engine design were bonus schemes, performance awards, KPI based management, disciplinary processes and even anger/aggression. What we’re seeing today is that the ...

28
Oct

Voyage in Search of a New Empire

Reflections on Leadership Connections - Bristol, October 3, 2014 “Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.”  Publilius Syrus                           Isambard Kingdom Brunel was recently named as the second greatest Briton in a BBC poll. What developed into his mission in life, to develop mechanisms to carry people via mass transit across the globe, started as a teenager when he worked on the Thames Tunnel with his father. He died at the age of 53, leaving behind an astonishing portfolio for such a short timespan. Despite being burnt, broken and buried under his various constructions, nothing stopped Brunel. He built under rivers and through hills, creating the longest tunnels, the biggest bridges and the speediest ships the world had ever seen. So it seemed ...

15
Jul

Get set GO! How to Motivate Yourself with Rewards

Celebrate the little things - Motivation by reward If you are currently taking action towards achieving a goal, it is important to congratulate and reward yourself for the positive progress you make. Reinforcement and support help maintain positive steps toward change. This final article in Get set GO! series gives tips on how to motivate yourself to achieve your goals with extrinsic rewards. Begin with why Why reward yourself? When we first start something new there is a learning curve and a degree of trial and error to be expected. Being ready for the inevitable failures and celebrating success is important so we overcome these early challenges. When taking action towards achieving a significant goal in your life, you will frequently be pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Challenging yourself like this on a regular basis can be hard going and ...