Six Power Sources for Leaders: Which ones do You Have?

power sources

One of the keys to effective leadership is understanding where your power to lead comes from.  Merely occupying a position with “leader” in the title doesn’t make people want to follow you.  But if you know what does get people’s attention, you will have a much better chance of leading your team to success.  By […]

Eight Ways to use Reward Power that Don’t Require Cash

Reward Power

Reward Power is one of the best ways for leaders to influence people to move in the direction they want.  Most people tend to think of this power of reward in terms of money, and money can be a good tool.  But often there isn’t much to give, and surprisingly, it is often not the […]

Positive Feedback – Catch them Doing Something Right

Positive Feedback

Giving feedback to your people is critical to getting the job done, but a typical mistake many new (and not so new) leaders make is to focus on the negative, to catch people doing something wrong, and then correcting them.  In this post, we’ll take a look at the power of giving frequent, positive feedback and […]

Motivating with a Kitchen Utensil: The Golden Spatula

Golden Spatula

It was frosted toaster pastries and sugar-coated sugar bomb cereal for breakfast.  Again.  We have to do better. We were camping with the Scout troop, and while the outing was a lot of fun, the meals had become pretty uninspiring.  Everyone knew we could do better, but the enthusiasm just didn’t seem to be there. […]