The next time you visit Wikipedia, take a moment to soak in the enormity of the project--and reflect on the fact that it was created by unpaid volunteers motivated by nothing other than their own passion and sense of purpose. Here's how you can inspire the same zeal in your team.
Unemployment is high, and voluntary turnover has slowed to a crawl. So why are employers so worried about a talent shortage? Turns out the majority of workers are considering leaving their jobs once the economy shores up. But there are steps businesses can take to ensure talent sticks around--and steps up to lead.
The real path to success and upward mobility, whether on a kids' baseball team or in closing a commercial contract, stems from merit, and an ability to better execute. Your age, experience (or lack thereof), and even your network comes second to your ability and determination to do great work.
Successful company culture can make the difference between a workplace people dread and one they brag about. And you don’t have to have a Google-sized budget to offer great culture. In fact, when properly executed, culture-improving initiatives can lower company costs in both the short and long term.
We all know the saying "If you want something done, give it to a busy person." It’s sound advice--but it’s also dangerous unless you step back to see what impact it might have on the busy person’s work experience, lest managers end up punishing their most productive people.
If your once-star employees are starting to shine a little less brightly, it may be time to rethink your approach to accountability and rewards, and put more focus on the relationship than the size of their paychecks.