Topic: motivation

A Tribute To The Man Who Encouraged Us All To Be ‘Highly Effective People’

A Tribute To The Man Who Encouraged Us All To Be 'Highly Effective People'

“Be Proactive,” Stephen R. Covey has encouraged millions of readers. “Begin with the End in Mind,” he reminded us all. And my personal mantra, learned as a freshman in college who soaked up Covey’s advice enthusiastically, “Put First Things First.”

These are just the first three lessons in Covey’s influential book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One of the most popular self-help books of it’s time, Seven Habits has sold over 25 million copies in 38 languages since it was published in 1989. Today, the man behind the habits, passed away at the age of 79. More »

How Work Gamification Can Improve Your Bottom Line

How Work Gamification Can Improve Your Bottom Line

Who says work shouldn’t be fun? Companies like Marriott, Warner Brothers, and Victoria’s Secret are increasingly turning to work gamification, or the use of game elements in non-game functions, to make everyday business tasks more engaging and fun. But work gamification doesn’t just improve employee satisfaction: it can also have a major impact on your business. More »

10 Books To Boost Your Entrepreneurial Spirit In 2012

10 Books To Boost Your Entrepreneurial Spirit In 2012

Hopefully, you’ve spent the past week thinking about your career goals for 2012. The New Year is such a great time to assess your current position and plan for your future professional aspirations. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to take those first steps and move away from the security of your 9 to 5 into a business all your own. Here’s a selection of business reads to inspire and motivate you in your journey. More »

Management Tip: An Effective Sales Meeting Motivates Your Employees

Management Tip: An Effective Sales Meeting Motivates Your Employees

We’ve all been there, sitting through a seemingly endless meeting, thinking about all the productive things you could be doing if only your manager would stop droning on about nothing. And the funniest thing is that even though regular employees seem to the be the people who suffer through meetings the most, even high level managers tend to think that they waste time. In fact, according to Office Team’s Let’s Not Meet, 45% of senior executives feel that employees would be more productive if meetings were banned once a week! Those fun get togethers filled with donuts and coffee (hopefully) are widely disliked. And yet, most managers still use a meetings at least once a week to communicate and check in with their staff.

So if you’re the leader of these hated chats, how do you make the best of a generally bad situation? I say that we stop trying to be the coach, and try out the cheerleader role.
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8 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Monday Morning

8 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Monday Morning

Mondays are rough. The weekend is over. It’s back to the world of responsibility and deadlines. Generally, I find myself burying my head in the pillows and trying to sleep in as long as humanly possible without being late. That’s my normal game plan. Apparently, I’m going about it all wrong.

Here are some tips for preparing for your work week that actually make Monday morning a little easier. More »

To Achieve A Goal, Start Doodling

To Achieve A Goal, Start Doodling
Sketching a graph or even coloring in a piggy bank could help you save money quicker than just watching the numbers in your checking account tick upward. That’s according to a new study that finds that being able to visualize your progress toward a goal helps you achieve it. Turns out those fund-raising thermometers have some serious science behind them.

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