Drive Creativity and Productivity (1)

Why managers should consistently reward progress

To assess contemporary awareness of the importance of daily work progress, Amabile and Kramer administered a survey to 669 managers of varying levels from dozens of organisations around the world. They asked about the managerial tools that can affect employees’ motivation and emotions. The respondents ranked five tools—support for making progress in the work, recognition […]

Recognise to Thrive

Celebrate small wins to boost performance

In a 1968 issue of Harvard Business Review, Frederick Herzberg published a now-classic article titled One more time: How do you motivate employees?  His message was that: People are most satisfied with their jobs (and therefore most motivated) when those jobs give them the opportunity to experience achievement. In order to investigate this message in […]

Why you need to enable and empower

Enablement: The key to empowerment

Empowerment means “authority or power given to someone to do something.” There is little doubt regarding the numerous benefits resulting from empowered employees. However, despite the buzz regarding empowerment, too often organisations speak about empowering their employees, but in reality, this is not true. Empowering employees cannot be a strategy on its own. Throwing people […]

Beware the dark side of empowerment

The art of positive empowerment

There is large consensus regarding the positive benefits resulting from employee engagement. A meta-analysis of all available field experiments on leaders empowering subordinates was conducted on a total of 105 studies. The study’s focus assessed whether an empowering leadership style was linked to improved job performance, and whether this was true of different types of […]

Change sake_ When at the top of your game, change your game (1)

Change for change sake

Environmental changes require businesses to make organisational changes in order to stay relevant in a competitive landscape, as changes are inevitable. But the idea that an organisation might want change for its own sake often provokes scepticism. Why inflict all that pain if you don’t have to? It has been suggested that organisations need to […]

Curiosity – The fuel to move you forward (1)

Adaptability as a result of curiosity

We work in a time of risk and instability. Globalisation, new technologies, and greater transparency have combined to upend the business environment and give many CEOs a deep sense of unease. Just look at the numbers. Since 1980 the volatility of business operating margins, largely static since the 1950s, has more than doubled. Staying competitive […]