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A Million Dollar Question: How Do I Motivate My People?

Million Dollar Leadership Development Question About Motivation

If ever there was a million dollar question, this is it.

How do I motivate my people?

Clearly we all wish that all the people working for us were energetically and diligently figuring out how to do better every day, both on the job and off the job. We want 110% put forth with the best interests of the company on the top of everyone’s mind.

So you must get out there and “motivate your people to do more, better!”


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The Biggest Mistake Managers Make

Top-Down - Wrong Leadership Style

For many years, I ran around telling the people that worked for me what to do. I was very good at it. Considered great at my job. Promoted early and often.

Then I discovered it was absolutely the wrong thing to do. It was a big mistake.

I knew this because after I stopped – and instead began listening and responding to the complaints, suggestions, and questions of my people – performance shot up!

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How to Use Your Leadership Skills to Build Trust in the Workplace

“Trust in the workplace is like lube oil. Without it, nothing runs.” – Ben

The thing about trust is that it is totally under your control, as the boss. You have the power to cultivate it and ensure its existence and you have the power to create an environment of distrust.

To say a team or organization can’t run without trust, is an understatement. How do you develop trust in the workplace? (more…)

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About Ben Simonton

Ben Simonton Ben managed diverse groups of people for 34+ years, including as an executive in charge of a 1,300 person unionized organization. He made all the mistakes one can make, then devised solutions for 99.9% of people management issues. Ben can take you beyond great.


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