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

How Do You Think You’re Seen by Others? You’re Probably Wrong

– from Dorie Clark, HBR.org

Author Dorie Clark

Author Dorie Clark

You probably think that you already know how others view you — as a skilled communicator, talented with numbers and data, or a manager who’s good at bringing out the best in her team, for example. Then again, you might be surprised.

Particularly for high-ranking leaders, it can be tough to know how you’re perceived by others. For one thing, employees who don’t want to jeopardize their own standing may be inclined to “put on a happy face”; for another, power has often been shown to distort leaders’ self-awareness.
But when it comes to your professional reputation, what matters significantly is how the world sees you. In other words, listen to what people in the outside world are telling you; they’re probably right. So how can you get the honest feedback you can use? Four ways to get the real picture.


Greater IBM, do you intend to try any of these methods? Let us know what you find out.


– Posted by Regan Kelly

10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day

They may be small things, but each of these 10 things has the power to dramatically change someone’s day. And that includes your own.

comm skillsWant to make a huge difference to someone? From Inc.com, here are 10 things you should say every day to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends,  – in other words, everyone you care about.

From Jeff Haden in Inc.com.

About the author:

Author Jeff HadenJeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry from forklift driver to manager of a 250-employee book plant. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest innovators and leaders he knows in business. He has written more than 30 non-fiction books, including four Business and Investing titles that reached #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list.  Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeff_haden


Greater IBM, what’s missing from this list? Share it with your community members in the Leave a Reply box.


– Posted by Regan Kelly

Leadership Rule No. 1: Epitomize Your Company Culture

The definition of company culture varies dramatically: some leaders see it as the extent to which employees are engaged, others view it as how well the company has defined–and its employees are behaving according to–core values. But however you define it, writes Paul Spiegelman in Inc.com, culture directly reflects the personality of the leader.

(Image credit:  Ohio Leader)

(Image: Ohio Leader)

In other words, as a leader, your company’s culture is only as valuable as your personal role in it. And if you take advantage of this yourself, you could see tremendous results in your business. What you need to know.

The Secret to Motivating Your Team

Whenever your employees do something terrific – whether finishing a project ahead of time, figuring out how to streamline a process, calming a tense situation, etc. — you, as a manager, want to reward them.

The good news: as it happens, the secret to employee happiness may be rooted in one simple thing. Read about one of the most effective way to motivate your employees.
– from Forbes.com
Greater IBMers, what’s your best secret for motivating your team members? Share it with your community in the Leave a Reply box – looking forward to your ideas.
Posted by Regan Kelly

The Promotion Challenge: How to Re-Engineer Your Relationships for Success

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Want to see these? Then you’ve got some work to do.

If the new year or other recent changes have meant a new, leadership role for you, then realize this: all of your work relationships must change. The way you interact with others in the system – your former peers, new peers, your own boss – will be different from now on.

Michael Watkins in the Harvard Business Review writes that the work itself is not a problem: all of your former peers, after all, are professionals who know how to get things done. The problems can lie in the new relationships between you and others, and that’s why stepping up into a new role can be fraught with challenges.

“Because you think you know everyone and everyone thinks they know you, it’s easy to miss the fact that all your existing work relationships were shaped, in part, by the role that you previously played. The corollary is that now that you have taken a new role, those relationships must change: relationship re-engineering is therefore at the heart of meeting the promotion challenge.”

What should new leaders do to make a successful transition? Making the shift from Peer to Boss.


Have you had to make this transition in your career? Share your tips for success with your fellow Greater IBMers in the Comments – we’d love to hear them.

Lost in Translation: Best Practices for Working with Global Teams

By Radhika Emens, WITI.com258

As today’s leaders strive to make the best use of technology and communication platforms to conduct business globally, working in global teams is increasingly prevalent. It’s easy to see the upside – as a U.S. team sleeps at night, for example, a global team can be working diligently elsewhere throughout their own normal business hours, maximizing ’round-the-clock productivity. But managing and working with global teams presents many challenges. You must have a strategy that builds:

  • Awareness of cultural and other diversity
  • Understanding and collaboration through team building
  • Communication and listening skills to prevent confusion and conflict

Read the rest here – including the best practices you need to succeed!