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Trying to motivate employees? Watch out for the cobra effect.

Back in 2015, I wrote a post about how situations that were intended to motivate people to take specific action inadvertently incented them to act in the absolute opposite way.  The question of course was what that meant to you,

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A little healthy competition can be good thing!

Healthy competition in the workplace can be a very effective motivator. Merge draws a parallel between leadership and ecology at Yellowstone National Park.

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Focus on employee retention by invoking Price’s Law

Have you heard of Price’s Law? It may improve your employee retention? Derek Price was a British physicist who is credited with identifying the mathematical relationship between (1) literature on a specific subject, and (2) the number of authors in

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Employee motivation starts with meeting their needs

My professional colleague and friend Steve Foran is on a mission to help one billion people become happier.  And he’s well on his way!  He does this through a variety of avenues, but primarily through his research and teaching on

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To motivate employees, thank their spouses and families

This blog post was originally written in January 2014, and has been updated since then.  Over the years, I have posted many times about zero-cost or inexpensive ways to motivate employees.  Each time my focus has been on ways to

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Blocking internal transfers and promotions is a bad idea!

Sometimes, managers deliberately and consciously take actions that while logical, create situations that are non-productive and hugely demotivating. Unfortunately, this is more usual than not.  In fact, this was the very topic of a one of my regular The Globe

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