You can’t motivate

Photo by Clark Tibbs
Photo by Clark Tibbs

You can’t motivate your employees. You can only try not to frustrate motivated people.

You have to let this insight settle a bit. Don’t you see it as one of the duties of a leader to motivate employees pushing them to do their best? What about all the motivation trainers who have propagated a joyful “Chakka!” as a battle cry? What about all the group dynamics that arose while running over glowing coals? Continue reading “You can’t motivate”

How to build committment

Photo by Quino Al
Photo by Quino Al

One of the most difficult terms to translate from English into German is “Committment”. In contrast to the German “Verpflichtung”, the direction is exactly the opposite. It is not the boss who says “Komm mit – Come with me”, but the employee who gives his commitment – he commits himself.

From a leadership perspective, this leads to a special challenge: How do I manage to make him follow me voluntarily?

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Manage the bellcurve

Photo by Luis Perdigao
Photo by Luis Perdigao

Already back in 1809 the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss defined an equation, which is an essential basis for stochastics. What does this have to do with leadership? Well, a lot in working with people is about distributions: Talent, intelligence, performance, willingness to change. It’s good to understand the mechanics behind it.

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Private life in business

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How much private life can we let into business? This question is not so easy to answer and there is no single correct answer. I know good managers in HR departments who consciously draw a dividing line – after all, they never know when they will have to have a very serious conversation with their counterpart. On the other hand, the high project pressure during out-of-town assignments forges young consultants together so closely that, logically, deep friendships develop as a result. So, what should you do?

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Shape the right culture

The American economist Peter Drucker put it so nicely: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast!” Of what use is the most beautiful target picture and the most sophisticated vision if the team doesn’t pull along? Most transformations don’t fail because of technology or incomplete process maps. Creating the right culture mobilizes the required forces. This is a task for real leaders.

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