March 2013

Top Performers - March - April

An assortment of new incentive ideas and marketing tools from our advertisers
A camera for your high-flyers

Product Review - March-April

“What Recession?” screamed the Wall Street Journal headline earlier this year on a story reporting Americans’ renewed craving for luxury goods. “While all eyes have been focused on luxury-goods growth in China, another market has quietly been bolstering the business of high-end goods purveyors: The U.S.,” the story stated.

A humble leader can remain fully in charge

Too often, leaders view humility as a sign of weakness. They fail to understand that the humble leader is one who can open the door to improved levels of followership. Leaders who value humility are the ones other people want to follow.
John Baldoni author of “Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up”

Find your motivated capabilities

Brilliance comes only from exploiting your strengths. When leaders step out of their comfort zones to take on new challenges, they often discover capabilities they did not know they had. Being motivated by something you are not good at will not enable you to succeed as a leader, nor will pursuing leadership roles that do not motivate you.

Invite disturbing truths

People in power and organizations that are functioning at scale rarely seek to discover truths that disturb their status quo.
Artists never stop looking for the disturbing truth behind the façade. When reality arrives, they won’t be surprised, because they saw it coming. Sometimes they even encouraged it to come.
If not enough people doubt you, you’re not making a difference.

Follow by example

Most would agree that followers are critical to a leader’s success. But, if this is true – that followers are so important – then why do we pass down phrases like “if you’re not a leader, you’re a follower,” and “be a leader, not a follower”?

Autonomy is motivating

There is a business case to be made for giving employees a greater voice in the workplace. People are more likely to embrace ideas and solutions of their own creation. That’s why autonomy is such a powerful motivator. What does it mean to be a boss who provides more autonomy to employees? You share more information. Whenever possible, you get staff input on decisions that affect them.

Do women lead differently than men?

It’s not black-and-white, but I do think women tend to be problem solvers and lead in a more participatory way.