Employee motivation: making sense out of employee benefits and other perks

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." - Warren Buffet My morning honey yuzu green tea routine was interrupted today by a friend of mine asking me what to do to motivate a Senior Manager in her business team. A Senior Manager that has been in her team for long and whose salary ...

Next time you don’t do what you are supposed to do, I’ll try to understand WHY

"For every hundred men hacking away at the branches of a diseased tree, only one will stoop to inspect the roots." - Chinese Proverb Drinking my chocolate truffle black tea along with my morning HBR reading. Read an interesting piece on employee performance and immediately was reminded of an organization I worked with, where the management ...

You can’t force a kid to eat. How could you force an adult to work?

"The creation of the civil society is the victory of persuasion over force." - Plato We all know we can't force a kid to eat. Or a cat for that matter. How come as managers we get ourselves to think that we can force our team to work? The paradox of nowadays business environment. Yes, it's that ...

A great leader doesn’t take his team with him, he leaves an outstanding team behind him

"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on." - Walter Lippman Having my morning Jasmine green ice tea at a table near a blooming Magnolia tree after my morning workout. Hope you're in a confortable place as well, maybe it's even ...

How to spot a first-time manager – 7 mistakes no leader should be making

"Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment." - Fred Brooks My morning ritual involves green jasmine tea and a lot of reading. This morning a funny title caught my eye: "how to cope with nightmare employees". And it was published in a digital business publication I often read. It struck me because this exact ...

One feedback a day… keeps performance okay

"We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve." - Bill Gates I like my coffee strong and black. No sugar. No milk. That's exactly how I like feedback. Because an honest assessment is the shortest and surest way to self development I know. At the same time, I often feel unconfortable when I ...

A players hire A players… and never treat them as if they were B players

"I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way." - Lee Iacocca One of the most important pieces of advice I got from my first management mentor was to hire outstandingly good people. The second most important piece was to get out of their way... fast. It sounds funny, but the truth is that ...