Inspiring Management Tips

Meaningful motivation doesn’t happen by offering simple treats

Grace knows what the word ‘come’ means. When I ask her to come, she’ll obey more often than not. Of course, it’s always a bit more reliable if I have a treat in my hand and there isn’t a squirrel in sight. Yet as I stood in the freezing cold morning air, my second request…

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Managers play a key role in an employee performance problem

It’s their fault that the problem exists in the first place, right? But my experience with Grace gave me a lesson in this flawed thinking. The first few days Grace came home, she was an angel. Perfectly adorable. Then an occasional irritating incident would happen, like her walking by my bookshelves of cotton quilting fabric…

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About Graceful Leadership: My First Blog Post

People said I should have a blog for my business. But I resisted. What would I write about? How could I ever narrow down the immense number of topics about working with people? It felt overwhelming. I said I didn’t have time. There were lots of reasons for not blogging, but mostly I wasn’t inspired….

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