Leaders: Here Are The Top 9 Things That Motivate Employees to Succeed

When you wake up in the morning, what fuels you to begin the day? Are you passionate about your work? The triggers that motivate people to achieve are unique for everyone; for some it’s money; for others, it’s wanting to make a difference, writes Glenn Llopis in Forbes.com.

Motivation has been studied for decades, and leaders often use motivational books and other tools to get employees to increase their performance or get them back on track. But if you’re a leader, it’s critical to get to know your employees, and to be specific about how you help each of them achieve their goals, desires and aspirations. To help one another and to accomplish that, you must identify those motivating factors. In this piece from Forbes.com, see the nine things that ultimately motivate employees to achieve.


Greater IBM, what do you think of these nine motivators? Please share your own story and perspectives by commenting.


-Posted by Regan Kelly

Employers: How to Help Your Great Employees Be Even More Amazing

They’ve got high standards and they’re low maintenance. They’re happy to take responsibility for developing their careers and themselves. They resolve issues before they’ve BECOME issues.

In other words, they’re your very best employees, the ones who make your life a lot easier without needing to be told how to do it.

Here are 10 things the great ones seem to do effortlessly, and what YOU can do to help them become even better. (by Kevin Daum in Inc.com.)


What would you add to this list? How do you recognize what your employees do for you? Let us know.

– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

11 Easy Productivity Hacks from Super-Productive People

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”-–Paul J. Meyer.

Do you need to procrastinate less and accomplish more? Here are 11 productivity tips from the pros – the CEOs and other high-performing types that are covered in FastCompany.com.

Here’s a quick list of proven, effective hacks you can implement quickly, and watch your own productivity shoot up. Make that change!


– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

9 Strategies for Defeating Workplace Stress

It’s not how whether you suffer from the stress you have – everyone has stress. It’s how you deal with it that determines how happy, and even how healthy, you’re going to be – in other words, your quality of life.

Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress

Here’s a potentially life-changing list of nine scientifically proven things  that successful people do to overcome workplace stress. And a hint: it might very well involve your being less productive.

Read the rest here, from lifehacker.com.

The 10 Best Companies For Women In 2013 – And The Winner Is?…

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media, has released its annual list of the top 50 companies for executive women in 2013.


(image, Forbes.com)

IBM tops the list.

While a mere 4% of America’s major corporations currently have female CEOs, the list spotlights the businesses that lead the nation in their commitment to female leadership. “This year we see measurable progress for women at companies that have made their advancement a priority,” says NAFE president Betty Spence. “For women, these are the top companies to work for.” Get the rest of the story at Forbes.com.

Stop Using These 16 Words to Describe Yourself

No more curating. No more passionate people, and no more unique, creative, motivated, or innovative candidates, says speaker and columnist Jeff Haden – there are far better ways to talk about yourself, in person and online.

In this piece for LinkedIn, read his up-to-the-minute list of 16 terms that others don’t want to hear when it’s time to describe yourself and your work, and what to use instead.


What terms would you add to this list? Let us know below.

Want to Lead? 8 Things That Remarkably Successful People Do


The most successful people in the world of business have something in common: they work differently. See what they do–and why it works – in this piece from Greater IBM Connection favorite Jeff Haden.

Read it here, and let us know your best habits for success in the Comments section.

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Tech Focus: Five People Who Deserve Kudos for 2012

With lots of recent year-end wrap-up articles investigating what went wrong in 2012, it’s good to see this one that takes the opposite approach: pointing out the people who deserve big kudos for doing things RIGHT last year.

#1 on the list? You might recognize her….See the list here.

Illustration, IBM CEO and chairman Ginni Rometty


-Posted by Regan Kelly

Be Happier at Work: Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now

- from Inc.com

Sometimes the route to happiness depends more on what you don’t do. Happiness–in your business life and your personal life–is, more often than not,  a matter of subtraction, not addition. Think, for example, about what would happen if you were to stop doing these 10 things. Why not make an early 2013 resolution?

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