I don’t believe that “rah-rah” speeches motivate people.  In my experience, the more effective route is to hire people who are intrinsically motivated to do great work and then do everything possible not to de-motivate them. Few things demotivate people faster than working with a supervisor they don’t trust. Why is trust so important?  When…

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As a busy person with a lot on your plate, you might find yourself wondering, “Why should I bother with writing job descriptions? They take too much time to write and are too constraining for a growing, flexible business. Aren’t they just unnecessary bureaucracy?” In reality, when well-designed, these brief one to two-page documents can…

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When creativity is mentioned in a work setting, many people shut down.  The reaction is often, “I’m not creative, so I’ll leave that to someone else.”  We often mistakenly believe that to be creative is synonymous with artistic. Artistic refers to working in the arts: painting, drawing, acting, writing, etc. or creating things that are…

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