Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015
With our mammalian brain our behaviour is continuously influenced by a complex interplay of chemicals. These chemicals, or neurotransmitters, are below our consciousness and are triggered by our emotional responses to events. The chemical spurts are related to our brain seeking rewards and avoiding pain.
It’s handy for leaders to know about the neuroscience of our behaviours. It adds to your toolkit of understanding and helps you make good choices in your leadership of other people, as well as self-regulation of your own behaviour.Read More
Does it have to be painful, for them and you?
The need to write this article came about through the recent experience of two of my friends. Both had been fired. One for supposed poor performance (although she had never been counselled and at the time was in fact on sick leave) and one because the start up facility she was employed by, suddenly closed down. Both were senior managers. Both were loyal, hardworking employees but are now very angry and taking legal action against their former employers. Why are they so angry?Read More
When discussing motivation, the metaphor of the carrot and the stick appears to have been with us for a long time. It’s been suggested that the carrot and stick approach was first used by peasant owners of donkeys in order to keep their animals moving. Whenever the animal stopped, the owner used to dangle a raw carrot in front of the animal’s nose (on the end of a stick). If the stubborn animal still refused to move, then guess what happened? The owner hit it with the stick!Read More
The first thing Clive Palmer did when he bought a loss-making Australian nickel refinery in July 2009 was to raise the of pay of its employees and then ask them how to run the business. The results have been impressive – and so too Clive Palmer’s generosity in return.
Loyalty is something that seems to have been lost in many modern organisations. Corporate decision-makers seem to think that paying people more will gain their loyalty. It does not. All it gains is their compliance.
Recently, Tata Motors released the revolutionary “Nano” in India, the world’s cheapest car – $2,500!
What’s that got to do with loyalty you may well ask? Well, current CEO of Tata, Ratan Tata, aged 70 who took over the ailing company business in 1991, has a personal mantra of “loyalty”. He is unusual for a CEO. Tata is humble, openly admitting his mistakes and sends personal “thank you” notes to employees. In a recent deal with terminated workers from his steel company, he agreed to pay their wages for life!Read More
Employee feedback surveys are the key to employee motivation!
When was the last time you felt excited, motivated and extremely keen to be at work? Chances are when you had a job that really interested you, had control over what you did and how you did it, and you didn’t have any worries about “zealous boss” interference or job security. It’s a great feeling – we can all probably tell stories of when we were most “motivated” at work.Read More
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