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Motivation that Lasts Beyond the Hoopla

I don’t know about you, but I experience a tinge of skepticism when I hear about an upcoming “motivational seminar” or about someone who is said to be “a great motivational speaker.” I know folk who have come away from such events feeling their lives had changed for the better. My question, however, is always, “How long will their euphoria last?” The problem is that quick fixes rarely alter the root of the problem and,…

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Art of Healing

Motivate from Within

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to know the secret to motivation. First, because I’d like to do a better job of motivating myself and then I’d like to know how to motivate others. Why is this important? Because we all know that the level of productivity rises as the motivation rises. Of course, all organizations have to deal with constraints, but these can never completely subvert the power of human motivation. So…

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Alternatives to Obligation

Do not leave this page! How did that feel? If you’re like me, your reaction to the first sentence was something like, “Oh yeah! Just watch me.” Allow me to rephrase it: “If you read the rest of this article, you will find some practical ways to improve the motivational power of your communication.” Communication will be more motivational when it has a clear central point that invokes the inner values and drivers of those…

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Got Passion?

I had the great privilege today of interviewing one of my favorite Twitter friends Mr. Felix Nater. Felix is a workplace violence consultant. I won’t here go into what all that this involves but, if you contact Felix, I’m sure he would be more than happy to explain the crucial work he does. What I do want to talk about, however, is a comment that my students made after the conversation with Mr. Nater concluded.…

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Recognition: The Follower’s Need and the Leader’s Responsibility

As we approached a group of small buildings huddled together, as if to protect themselves from the vast expanse of the Argentine Pampa, the dust whipped across the cracked pavement, trying to get our attention. The coyote of Ennio Morricone’s theme song, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” howled in my mind, triggered by the present scene. The buildings were the remnants of an old, but still functioning, train station and our visit to…

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  • James 1:5 January 23, 2021
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
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