Back to Motivation in the Workplace
Part 1 - Workplace Leadership
Employee motivation and leadership
Visionary Leadership - Workers have continuous
learning opportunity with decision-making responsibility. Employees,
with natural talent are quickly recognized and their unique skill is
quickly adapted to the organization. As a result - efficiency of the
Standard Leadership - Workers learn no more than
necessary to do their job. It is difficult to recognize natural talent
when the job is to follow orders without input. Unique ability is lost
to the employee and the company.
- The Visionary Leader
- The 21st century organization leader is a visionary with the ability to
inspire and motivate. A motivated workforce is highly productive.
- Elements of the Visionary Organization
- 21st century workplace leaders are visionaries with the ability inspire and
motivate. They are not only product visionaries; they are leadership
visionaries who invent entirely new ways of organizing human effort.
- Leadership Styles Versus Motivation
- Command-and-control leadership was the primary leadership style of the
20th century. It was accepted because efficiency was created by
repetitive action, teaching people to resist change. Once a skill is
mastered, they do not want to learn another. Worker responsibility is just
the opposite, it motivates people to thrive on change by seeking challenges,
finding ways to achieve goals. This is efficiency leadership of the 21st
- Workplace Leadership Trends
- Technology is forcing a change in leadership styles.
Leadership methods of the last century are extremely
inefficient in fast changing environments. There is a need for new
attitudes. Motivating environments are needed on the front line, people who
assume responsibility and exercise leadership. To attract and keep this type
of person, the work environment must inspire and exploit employee
- Elements of Visionary Leadership
- Visionary Leadership increases efficiency by moving decision-making
responsibility to the frontline. Efficiency is achieved with limited
supervision. To make frontline responsibility effective, leadership must
give workers opportunity to develop quality decision-making skills and learn
to trust them.
- Today, fast growing organizations are built on leadership innovation, that
is, they are not built by product visionaries but by social visionaries —
those who invent entirely new ways of organizing human effort.
Employees that Create Wealth
- Workplace learning opportunity that creates wealth for the organization
and its employees.
- As a Leader, What is Your Priority?
- A leader's priority will determine the efficiency of his subordinates.
- Why Some Leaders are Efficient and Others Not
- Worker responsibility is highly efficient, but rejected by most
managers. WHY? Human nature and natural instincts.
- Nine Rules for Effective Work Teams
- These nine rules are based on the belief that level of elementary
problems controls efficiency, quality and cost. If there are many elementary
problems, productivity will be negative, likewise, low level of problems
puts productivity in the positive column.
- Mutiny on the Bounty
- Captain William Bligh's problems on the Bounty is an excellent example
on how one man changed from control leadership to team unity in a matter of
minutes, 200 hundred years ago.
- Short History of Frontline Decision Making
- Frontline decision making responsibility has always been highly motivating
and extremely efficient. It is little used because most leaders priority is
control, believing their ideas alone are responsibility for efficiency.
Today's narrowing profit margins are forcing the adoption of frontline
responsibility. Throughout history, responsibility leadership was
implemented when efficiency had priority over control.
- K-Mart versus Wal-Mart - For seemingly unknown reasons,
people prefer to shop at Wal-Mart. My theory is, customer preference is
based on employees' attitude towards their company and attitude is based
on leadership style. K-Mart uses control while Wal-Mart uses
- Everyone, at some time during their life, had a desire to learn
and be an achiever. For various reasons, for many, this desired became
dormant. Under the right leadership, this latent desire can be brought
back to life.