Activating the Brain’s Reward Center

It's Friday - TGIF! You've made it through the work-week and can now look forward to days off and having fun, perhaps going to a movie or, like me, out dancing; or, perhaps, it's just veg'ing out and doing nothing. What you've essentially done is reward yourself for making it through the week. Rewards are …

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Should Leaders Understand How the Brain Works?

One of the biggest trends in the coaching industry is the study of neuroscience, or how the brain works. Understanding the biological, physiological and psychological functions of the brain - or the why we do what we do - is what helps in clients making their desired goals and results. I believe that leaders also …

When Management Feels Their Role is Overlooked

I recently spoke with someone who made a very telling statement: "Management has the hardest role within an organization." It was an interesting observation. It's usually said that the high-level, C-suites have the toughest job, as they are steering the ship. In retrospect, those in managerial levels are tasked with ensuring the engine is running, …

Keeping Employees Motivated Throughout the Week

The job of a leader is to keep workflow processes moving so that organizational goals are achieved. But an important function of this role is to nurture the people who perform this week. A challenge becomes keeping these workers motivated as the week moves on to the end of that week: Monday brings a high; …

Clarifying Work Goals for High Productivity

Goals are a daily fact of life, both personally and professionally. Ensuring that goals are given well and then understood will lead to higher productivity and engagement of them. How can you, as a manager, know that you were clear when conveying them? employees get down to business and work easily employees are happily doing …

Can a “Bad” Manager Turn Things Around?

I came across a quote today that gave pause: "A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation." (author unknown) Bad managers, unfortunately, exist in all industries and at all levels. What happens that someone becomes bad at leading people, …