Posts tagged ‘MD’

Banning working from home…

Many large corporations are moving away from the ‘working from home’ concept, with companies like Yahoo banning it altogether.  Unfortunately many employyes will leave their positions in reaction to these new policies.  A one-size-fits-all approach to working hours and conditions is likely to backfire.

Knowing how to motivate your team is vital if you are in pursuit of the greatest productivity.  Dynamic, forward-thinking organisations recognise the value of offering flexible working practices.  They reap the rewards from highly engaged staff who feel motivated and perform their roles to the best of their abilities.  This also lowers staff turnover and thus recruitment and training costs.

Others don’t give the flexibility they could, probably due to poor leadership and management practices and lack of trust.  This leads to some staff feeling de-motivated and under-performing.  Or they might even leave.

However, the ones who will leave first are likely to be some of your best people.  They are confident, competent and are likely to be sought after by your competitors.

The key thing is that some individuals love flexibility, others love being in the office and some like a mixture of both.  So your flexible working policy needs to incorporate the needs of each individual, and what makes them tick.

And your leaders need to be able to get the best from every individual, wherever they work.

Do you understand what makes your people tick, so you can make the most of flexible working in your team?


March 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Collaborative Leadership

I find Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, a fascinating character.  As a gradual (and sceptical) convert to Apple products, from an iPod to an iPhone to a Macbook, it is great to hear the insights of how the company, and particularly it’s leader, operates.

In this shortened version of an interview, Jobs explains how he is a ‘facilitator’, not a manager, and how committees are frowned upon.  What I like is the recognition that to attract and retain key people means accepting that they will often know more than the man at the top.

September 2, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

In It For Fun, Not Money

Before you read this I have to admit to being a Branson fan.  I found Sir Richard’s blog on fun-not-money very interesting and very relevant to the work I do around what motivates individuals and teams, and how that can drive success.

I disagree that most people start businesses because they “feel that they can create something that is going to make a difference to other people’s lives”.  I think people start businesses for all sorts of reasons.  However I strongly agree that people who DO start a business for this reason are most likely to be successful, as they will put customers first.

So perhaps this gives us an insight into the motivators that will make the most successful entrepreneurs?  Making a difference is the Searcher motivator.  Add some Spirit (autonomy) and Creator (innovation) and that could be the recipe for success!

Let me know if you’d like to find out what motivates you.

August 12, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Success Is A Continuous Journey

There are some brilliant Ted Talks and this one from Richard St John is a very candid view on success.

What I find interesting is Richard’s view that he became successful doing things that he enjoyed doing, but that success meant he had to do things that he didn’t enjoy – his explanation is very much a task focus.  If you look at this from a motivation perspective, it is clear that Richard is motivated by autonomy rather than money, and certainly not operational management.

I’ve seen a very similar situation working with a local entrepreneur in Dorset.  When I explained their motivators to them (see Motivating Without Money) they suddenly realised why they weren’t enjoying their role like they used to.  Thankfully this happened in time for them to implement changes to the business rather than suffering the same pain that Richard went through.

August 5, 2010 at 8:30 am 2 comments

Total Reward

I like this article by the Paul Bissell in the CIPD blog, for Total Reward.

The messages are very much in line with this presentation of mine, Motivating Without Money.

Too many employees and managers focus on monetary rewards, when there are so many other reasons why we go to work.  A better understanding of your own motivators and those of your staff will give you a whole new perspective.

July 29, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Meaning At Work

I read People Management’s interview with Dave Ulrich with interest – see The Why Guy.

The most compelling part for me is the affirmation that the responsibility for motivating staff, or providing meaning for what they do, sits firmly with business leaders.

That’s why we engage at C- level, with the support of HR, when dealing with Motivation Reviews.  When a leader invests from their P&L and sees the benefits directly (increased sales, customer satisfaction, productivity) everyone wins.

When organisations are really smart, the leader also empowers their direct reports with this responsibility.  This means the organisation is focussed on success through the motivation of  its employees – a powerful way to drive results.

July 22, 2010 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Keeping the MD Fresh

How many senior leaders do you know who ‘complain’ about not having enough time, or working at evenings and weekends?  Recently I ran a team development workshop for a client, where the MD rarely complains about anything – that’s an inspiration in itself.

However, it took me by surprise when their team was concerned about the MD’s evening and weekend working, and could clearly see the risk to the business that could pose. (more…)

November 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

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