Effective Motivational Skills For Today's Managers - Life Lessons


Motivated employees will work more effectively in their jobs and do more to further the bottom-line objectives of a company than unmotivated employees. As a manager, you are in a position to increase the motivation of your employees. This basic managerial skill training in motivation will enable you to become a more effective manager for yourself, and for your company. You will learn how to handle motivational problems, which will help you gain 100% effectiveness of your employees.

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What Should You Expect From This Article

As you know, motivation is a complex issue. Many psychologists and researchers spend their entire life investigating people's motivation to perform. Similarly, there are many books currently out in the bookstores promising to give us the secret for "getting others to do what we wish."

There are many theories of motivation; and different techniques to solve motivational problems. Rather than attempting to review all these theories, the purpose of this module is to look at six common motivational factors which will make the difference between employees who are motivated and employees who exhibit motivational problems. We will use only as much "theory" as needed to gain basic understanding of each motivational issue. Primarily we will discuss what you can do to solve the motivational problem.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

o Recognize what types of employee behavior problems are motivational issues and which are not.

o State in simple language what is the real motivational factor behind different types of problems encountered as a manager and what you can do to correct each problem.

o Apply appropriate steps or response to resolve the motivational problem.

o Motivate average and above average performers to perform even better.

Training Format

This article is designed to do more than just give you information on motivation. Rather, it is set up to teach you skills which you can apply in your day to day jobs.

This will be accomplished by the use of exercises that require your involvement. Active participation will enable you to learn "what to do and how to do it," better than passively sitting back and being an observer. Keep this in mind as we proceed.

Manager's Methods Motivate

Many management experts agree that the key to employee morale and motivation is the quality of supervision they receive from their supervisor. It is for this reason that most businesses invest much time, energy, and money in the selection of their managers followed by in-depth training. In fact, this information is designed to assist you, the manager, in developing methods which have been "proven" to produce the highest possible motivation in your employees.

Who Is Responsible For Motivation

Managers share the responsibility in motivating their employees with the individual employees themselves. The manager is 100% responsible for establishing a motivating climate in which the employee works. The employee is 100% responsible for taking advantage of the motivating climate to perform the best they can perform.

Detecting Motivation Problems:

Focus On Behavior

Motivation is not something that we can directly see. That is the major reason why it is so complex. Instead, we observe a situation and notice that some action, tasks, or behaviors that should have occurred, have not occurred. Frequently, we call this a "motivation problem."

Like a detective, we must be aware of clues which hint of a "motivation problem" in an employee. These clues are behaviors.

Focusing on behaviors has several advantages:

o Behaviors are observable; they require only our attention-not complicated psychological analysis.

o Behaviors are objective; they are not easily open for mis-interpretation.

o Behaviors are measurable; we can count how many times a certain behavior occurs.

o Behaviors are specific and concrete; not abstract like the concept of motivation.

Begin by asking yourself, "What is he not doing? What behaviors, actions, or tasks should she be doing?" Be as specific and precise as possible. "He is not doing it the way he is supposed to" or "she is not committed" or "she has a bad attitude" are not specific behaviors. State the problem in terms of behavior.

Behaviors That May Indicate A "Motivational Problem"

As we have said, instead of focusing on the abstract and complex concept of motivation, go right to the behaviors from which we suspect the "motivation problem."

Motivation problems can be suspected from such behaviors as:

o Reduced quantity of work output.

o Reduced quality of work output.

o Extended lunch and break times.

o Frequent tardiness.

o Frequent absenteeism.

Motivation Worksheet 1 - (Take a few minutes to answer these questions.)

1. What behaviors indicate "a bad attitude" or "no commitment" in an employee?

2. Think of a particular unmotivated employee that you currently know or have known in a previous position or job. What specific behaviors did this person exhibit (or not exhibit) that leads you to believe they have a motivation problem?

3. List behaviors that you demonstrate when you are feeling unmotivated to do a task?

Selecting "Motivated Employees"

It makes our job of motivating employees much easier, when we start with employees who are "highly motivated." In other words, motivation comes easier. when we have the "right person for the job." The "hiring of motivated employees" is a selection decision. Make sure you identify the job-related skills a candidate possesses by thorough questioning. In this way, the job skills an employee possesses can be matched with the job skills required for success on the job. When a match occurs, we can feel confident that the person is the best candidate for the job.

In fact, a job candidate that was motivated to learn these key identified job-related skills in the past, will be motivated to use them, and learn additional skills, in the future. All personnel selection decisions are based on the theory that how a person performed in their past job predicts future job performance in a similar job-a job candidate motivated to perform in the past will most likely be motivated to perform in a similar situation in the future. Aim to improve motivation among the workforce by selecting job candidates who demonstrate job-related skills required for success with your company. The selected employee whose job matches their skills will show motivation to do a good job, a greater liking of their job, and a longer stay at their job.

Motivation Worksheet 2 - (Take a few minutes to answer these questions.)

1. Think of a position which you manage. Focus on the job, itself. List the job-related skills for this position. In other words, when interviewing to hire a candidate for the job, what skills should the candidate possess to be successful on the job?

2. In an interview, what might a job applicant say or do to indicate high motivation?

3. List two to three questions that would allow you to test their motivation level?

Training for Success

Training teaches people new skills, new procedures, or new information. It does not directly teach "motivation." However, training accomplishes something more-maybe a little harder to see-but still extremely important. Training can give an employee the ability to be successful. Employees who show signs of lack of ability can be taught how to perform correctly. Ability produces success. Success is a large motivator. Success breeds more success. Success produces pride of accomplishment; it fuels ambition; it increases personal goals; it increases performance.

Remember: Training produces successful performance and success motivates.

We must look at the problem behavior and decide whether the employee has the ability to do the task. Examine the ability of the employee. Ask yourself: "Does the employee have the knowledge or the skills to complete the task or job successfully?"

Consider the following about the employee:

o Prior work experience.

o Job related skills.

o Completed any of your company supported training programs.

o Special instruction, coaching, or tutoring.

A person with low ability, can be taught, trained, and coached to perform successfully. Once they feel that "good feeling of success" and all that comes with it (pat on the back, acknowledgement, and pay increase), their motivation may increase.

Be advised though, that there are two problem situations you can run into. First, some employees may require so much extra training, teaching, coaching, and tutoring before they attain some success that it requires more on your part than you can realistically give. In this case, you might have to realize that the employee "lacks too much" and other action is required.

The second problem situation is that some people who receive training and accomplish successful performance may still not show an increase in motivation. This can be due to other reasons which we will soon explore. Training is only one of many factors which play a part in motivating employees.

Remember: While training does not guarantee an increase in motivation, it can pave the way for greater motivation.

Motivation Worksheet 3 - (Take a few minutes to answer these questions.)

1. List specific behaviors which indicate poor motivation in an employee you manage.

2) Does the employee have the knowledge or skills to complete the tasks or job duties successfully?

3) What training programs currently exist that can teach, train, and coach the employee to perform successfully?

4) What existing employee could you have them work with to improve their performance in weak areas?

Motivation Through Communication and Goal Setting

Communicating what we expect from our employees and setting appropriate goals for which they should strive plays a big part in their motivation.

In order for employees to do a good job, they must know what it is they are expected to do. This direction comes from you, the manager. The manager has the responsibility of telling the employee in specific, concrete words:

o What should be done

o When to do it

o Where

o How, to proceed step-by-step

o Who else is involved, why it is important, etc.

The manager knows what constitutes a "good job;" ask yourself if the employee has the same understanding of what would be a "good job." When an employee thinks that he or she has given 100% while the manager thinks that the employee has only given 60%, the problem is not motivation; it is communication.

To determine if the problem behavior is a result of a breakdown in communication, the manager must ask herself, "Did I talk to the employee about my expectations?" That is, we as managers must determine whether we discussed objectives, duties, responsibilities, deadlines and performance. (How we communicate is an entirely additional, yet related, matter that will be addressed in the Communication Skill article). It can be difficult to look at our own behavior as managers, but we need to discover if we have contributed to the problem.

Not only must you, as a manager, tell the employee what needs to be done, but you must also make sure the employee understands your directions as you intend them.

An effective manager accomplishes this by:

o repeating directions

o Cclarifying instructions

o Demonstration

o Checking for understanding

o Observing progress

o Double-checking

o Follow-up

Remember: Good communication prevents misunderstandings and paves the way for employee motivation.

Goal Setting

There is one particular type of communication that has been repeatedly shown to be effective in improving employee motivation. This is the communicating of goals or objectives.

A goal or objective is simply a task we are attempting to accomplish. Goals direct our behavior. They help us follow a straight-line course to our ultimate objective. They prevent us from being like leaves being blown helplessly by the wind.

Goals and objectives foster motivation. We see the progress we are making toward our goal. We feel we are getting somewhere. Without goals, it is not always clear when we have been successful. Goals serve as a yardstick by which to measure our accomplishments.

Some objectives are too broad in scope to strive for directly. For example, to increase profits is a difficult goal to tackle all at once. Large scale goals need to be broken down into intermediate goals. Even intermediate goals sometimes require smaller goals that can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

A goal should be (using SMART acronyms):

o Specific: it should include who, what, where, when and how built into it.

o Measureable: progress toward the goal should be recorded frequently.

o Attainable: it should be reasonable and realistic; there should be a very good certainty of accomplishing it.

o Realistic: should also pass the reasonable and realistic test.

o Timebound, set and agreed to mutually developed: the highest motivation will occur when the employee plays a part in setting the goal, together with the manager. The employee should have input setting the goal.

Motivation Worksheet 4 - (Take a few minutes to answer these questions.)

Think of an employee that has a motivation problem. Focusing on the employee's behavior, write 3 goals for the employee to attain that will bring his work performance "up to par".




Motivation Through Appraisal and Feedback

One of the most powerful ways to change the motivation of an employee is to appraise how he is performing his job duties and then to feed this information back to him.

I suggest you use two separate systems to provide employee appraisal and feedback. The Employee Performance Review (by whatever name you call the form) evaluates the job performance of individual workers in terms of pre-identified objectives and clearly notifies the employee "how they have done" in achieving these objectives. The Progressive Discipline System (by whatever name you call the form) also evaluates the job performance of individual workers in terms of job expectations and then clearly notifies the employee "how they have fallen short" in working up to these expectations. Although Employee Performance Review emphasize positive performance while Progressive Discipline emphasizes undesirable performance, both work in exactly the same way: they provide feedback to the employee on how they are doing in reference to a standard.

This can produce motivation in an employee. First, it communicates to the employee exactly, "where he stands," and secondly, it points to what type of coaching, counseling, or information the employee requires to get to "where he wants to go or sometimes must go."

Appraisal and feedback systems are ways to tell the employee that "she is on the right track." If not where they should be, this in itself often provides the motivation to self-correct and "get back on track."

Both of these programs are made even more powerful and hence motivating by the consequences attached to them. The result of a "favorable" performance appraisal can mean an increase in salary-a very definite motivator for some people. The result of an "unchanged" progressive discipline report can mean suspension or even separation of employment, a very definite motivator in the sense that employees will work to avoid the negative consequence.

Remember: Appraising employee performance through Employee Performance Review or Progressive Discipline and feeding back to them the results motivates by "pointing the employee in the right direction"

and "making clear how far they must go."

Motivation Worksheet 5 - (Take a few minutes to answer these questions.)

1) Think of an employee you manage who did not perform to your performance standards on a specific task.

2) What was the desired performance?

3) Describe the feedback you should give immediately upon completion of the task so the employee "gets back onto the right track".

4) How would you "point the employee in the right direction" by using an Employee Performance Appraisal or Progressive Discipline?

Motivating Work Assignments

Ideally, the work itself should be highly interesting and hence motivating to the employee. This is partly determined in the selection process where job candidate's skills and interests are assessed and compared to the requirements of the job. When delegating tasks be sure to consider the skill level of the parties involved, the needs of the job, etc. as well.

Even after a job candidate is hired, placement of the employee into a specific work assignment can foster or stifle motivation. For example, a stereo buff would be more highly motivated to sell stereos or other electronic products than draperies.

Employees can have different preferences in many ways:

o Some employees may prefer a large variety of different job duties whereas others may prefer only a small set number.

o Some employees like to face challenge and complexity within their job whereas others may prefer the simple or routine.

o Some employees may prefer to work independently, apart from others, whereas other employees prefer to work in an area with other employees.

o Some employees may prefer to work on tasks where they can receive instant feedback on their efforts, whereas others may not require such instantaneous and continuous feedback.

The point is that you can increase the motivation of your employees if you can match their need for different degrees of autonomy, variety, challenge, complexity, and feedback to the available work assignments. To the best that you can, tailoring the work assignments to the employee's primary needs and abilities, will result in a higher level of performance from that employee.

This is not to suggest that you should bend to every desire of an employee.

Meeting an employee's individual interests on the job will help that employee like their job more. They in turn, will be more willing and motivated to help the manager achieve bottom-line objectives. When both get what they respectively want, then a win/win situation exists. The manager wins because he will have a motivated, effective employee; the employee wins because his needs are met.

When an employee knows he is benefitting, he will be motivated to perform better. If an employee gets to do parts of his job that he likes to do, then the employee will be more willing to do those things that have to be done as well.

See what your employees would like to gain from their employment besides money. Ask, "What else does this employee want from his job here." Some answers might be:

o "A good recommendation for future jobs."

o "A chance to learn firsthand about the world of business before going to college and studying business."

o "An opportunity to learn skills like cashiering, customer service, selling, or management, etc."

o "A chance to get out of the house and be around people like other employees and customers."

o "To be aware of the latest market trends, fashions - wanting to be first to see what's new."

To meet people's interests and thus produce greater motivation, a certain amount of compromise and negotiation must take place between a manager and employee. It is difficult to balance the needs of an employee and those of a manager, who is trying to fulfill their company's bottom line performance, but compromise and negotiation gives the manager some control to accomplish both at once.

Motivation Worksheet 6 - (Take a few minutes to answer these questions.)

List the names of employees you manage under the type of work assignment which would motivate them to perform best.

Task Variety versus Set Types of Tasks

Challenge and Complexity versus Simple and Routine Tasks

Independent Tasks versus Working as part of a Group

Tasks which produce instant feedback versus Tasks which produce delayed


Do the actual assignments of your employees regularly include the types of assignments most motivating to them?

Rewarding Good Performance

One major reward an employee obviously earns through their work performance is their paycheck. Financial compensation for doing a task is as old as the institution of gainful employment. There has been a development in recent years, however, of a new system of rewarding employees that affects their motivation to perform. This is the concept of paying for performance.

The idea behind paying for performance is simple. Most people, including managers, have the belief that if I do this, I deserve to get that. If I do twice as much, then I deserve to get more in return. What we receive, we say we have earned.

One of the most common examples of a pay for performance system is tipping. The waitress knows that her performance directly affects the tip she will receive. If she does a good job, she can be reasonably sure that she will receive a tip. She also knows that if she does an outstanding job she will merit a larger tip than if she just does the bare minimum.

The employee can feel that their work performance will be rewarded on the basis of merit due to the performance appraisal system. By their performance, they can affect their financial rewards. If they fail to meet their objectives, they won't be compensated as much as if they had met their objectives. If they work hard and exceed their objectives, they will be financially rewarded for the effort; and if they perform extremely well and clearly exceed the objectives, they will receive, or rather have EARNED, a proportionately large pay increase to reward their behavior.

Employee Performance Review is designed to measure performance against a standard so that the quantity and quality of job performance can be reliably determined. It serves as the vehicle for determining merit pay increases.

How To Make A Merit System Motivating

Employees must be aware of the system; that their work performance can earn them additional rewards. They must believe that it is realistically possible for them to earn the rewards. They must believe the system is fair; how much extra they earn needs to be worth the extra performance they "put out." As a result of informing employees of the connection between their job performance and available rewards, they:

o Develop a "winning" mental attitude.

o Set their own high performance goals.

o Increase their performance level.

In order to produce "highly motivated" employees, it is extremely important to pay attention and to actively play a part in influencing rewards for employee's performance. As manager, you have control over these consequences.

Although financial compensation is the primary reward, you are making a serious mistake if you believe that this is the only reward that is important to an employee. Money is not a dependable motivator. In fact, it is true that:

o For some individuals, money is not motivating.

o When employees have the inaccurate perception that only small merit increases are available, money loses its power to motivate.

o Money may motivate just before performance appraisal time, but it can also have no effect on performance the prior eleven months.

In contrast to money, all of the following rewards for performance are extremely dependable:

o Sense of Achievement Recognition of a "Job Well Done"

o Greater Responsibility

o Advancement/Promotion

o Increase Status in Eyes of Others

o Personal Growth

o Appreciation/Thanks by Manager

Any of these can be used in addition to money to reward performance. Each of these rewards can be delivered by you, the manager, in less than 30 seconds. And, they have the advantage over merit increase of being available every day. They cost you nothing-they give you a powerful tool to increase other's motivation.

All it takes is a statement like:

"Joe, you should feel really proud over obtaining a sales volume like you did this week." (Sense of Achievement)

"Sally, I noticed that you did an excellent job helping customers today, especially since you were covering more than one area." (Recognition of a Job Well Done)

"Bob, you have done so well with the routine duties, I think you're capable of handling some responsibilities of a larger nature. How would you feel about becoming responsible for .... ?" (Greater Responsibility)

"Lisa, even though your performance appraisal is more than 5 months away, I want to tell you that you're accomplishing so many things that I'm considering some type of promotion for you, if you keep this up." (Advancement/Promotion)

"I want to announce to everybody at this meeting that Tom has been doing an outstanding job and is a top-notch worker." (Increase Status in Eyes of Others)

"Jane, since you've started, you have really learned the relationship of mark-up to gross margin." (Personal Growth)

"Gary, I really appreciate you doing this. Thanks a lot." (Appreciation/Thanks by Manager)

Motivation of people will be seriously affected, if the consequences of performing is punishing or "makes no difference." When an employee who is working the best they can receives penalties, insults, humiliation, boredom, or frustration, he or she will begin to avoid doing the work and will quickly demonstrate "poor motivation." Few people seek out painful experiences. Thus, if you know that an employee is not working "up to par," explore whether the employee received a negative reaction for doing so. Ask yourself, "is there a negative consequence for doing a good job?"


Motivation is a complex issue. Rather than attempting to investigate motivation in its complexity, this basic management skill training reviewed six common motivational factors which make the difference between employees who are motivated and employees who exhibit motivational problems.

In reality, high levels of motivation are produced by a combination and interaction of these six factors, not by any one factor acting alone.

"Motivated employees" selected for the job will be easier to train; more receptive to communication and feedback; more interested in their work assignments; and more effective performers who will merit reward.

Employees "trained for success" will learn to communicate better; use feedback constructively; and perform their work assignments more efficiently which may increase their interest. All of this in turn, may result in a high level of performance that would merit reward.

Clear communication and goal setting goes hand-in-hand with the objective setting procedures of performance appraisal; aids the learning of new, more interesting, work assignments; and promotes goal attainment which is rewarded.

Appraisal and feedback can bring out the employee's feelings and interest in the work assignment and serve to reward behavior which merits reward.

Assigning "motivating work assignments" enables the employee to meet his interests and needs which will usually result in quality work that merits reward.

Motivated employees will work more effectively in their jobs and do more to further the bottom-line objectives of a company than unmotivated employees. There are six important and necessary factors that need to be considered in improving an employee's motivation to perform. By using the theory and recommendations presented in this article, you can be confident that you will be able to successfully motivate your employees. In addition, you will be incorporating a valuable skill into your managerial repertoire.

Remember, in order to motivate others, you must be Motivated yourself! Have fun, make a ripple...

Effective Motivational Skills For Today's Managers - Life Lessons

Chuck Ainsworth, aka The Origami Warrior is a visionary writer who enjoys learning new topics and putting them into easy to understand terms. He brings 30 plus years of Senior Management experience and provides the insights needed to help others reach peak performance by improving their basic Management and Leadership Skills. He currently writes about topics he loves that include: Origami, Origami Warrior Wisdom, Motivation, Training, Management Skills Development, Leadership, Life Lessons, Core Values, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Life After Death - How To Overcome Life Changing Events and more. A published author who loves family, pets, community. While he has spent much of his life traveling, he now enjoys a much simpler life, living in his home town on a small quiet private lake with his family. Follow his Origami Warrior Wisdom daily quotes follow me at http://twitter.com/ChuckAinsworth to get my tweets and be sure to check out other Life Lessons at: http://origamiwarrior.com

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How to Find Motivation in Life - 6 Tips to Be Motivated and Live a Better Life

Learning how to find motivation in life is one main factor that helps us live a happier and more fulfilled life. Yes, we do have dreams, aspirations and goals in life and being able to achieve them is one source of fulfillment and happiness in living.

You may have goals of losing weight, dreams of pursuing a passion or interest, plans of achieving success in your career and relationships, but without motivation, all these remain goals, plans and dreams if you are not motivated to achieve them and make them into reality.

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Of course, we all want to see our real worth in life and that can be attained partly in being able to do things we want, do things we can do, do things for others and of course make yourself and others happy. If you seem to lack motivation in life, here are some ways on how to find motivation in life.

1. Be positive. Positive thoughts play a major role in your outlook in life and in giving you the motivation to reach for your dreams. If you are optimistic that you can do the task at hand, or you can reach your goals, you will be motivated to take those steps towards achieving it.

2. Find inspiration from the things and people around you. Whether it is nature's beauty, or great relationships from friends and family, being able to find inspiration has a positive impact in getting yourself motivated to do what you want to achieve and live a better life, so strive to make friends and keep a happy relationship with your family.

3. Break the routine. One of the things that can contribute to lack of motivation is doing the same things everyday and getting stuck into it without where you are heading. Sometimes you have to explore other opportunities, learn new skills and explore other interests. Do not be afraid to take risks, explore new ways of achieving your goals and get out of your comfort zone at times to discover new things around you and take advantage of new opportunities in life.

4. Take care of your health and manage stress in life. A tired and stressed body most often leads to lack of motivation to do what you want to do. Have a regular exercise. This will not only make you become stronger physically but will also lift up your mood to tackle life's challenges each day.

5. Find a reason in everything you do everyday. Most often, we feel mostly motivated if there is a need to do it. Finding the reason why you live your life each day will truly make everything easy and help you get motivated. Dedicating your efforts to someone you love and treasure is also a good motivation that you can give yourself. No matter what challenges you have to face, for as long as you know that you are doing it for someone you love, you will find yourself motivated to do it.

6. Understand that you will become a better person if you can learn how to find motivation in everything you do. You don't have to look far. You have to understand that finding motivation in life can help you live a better, happier and more fulfilling life - so do it for yourself.

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Achievement Motivation

Over the years, behavioral scientists have noticed that some people have an intense desire to achieve something, while others may not seem that concerned about their achievements. This phenomenon has attracted a lot of discussions and debates. Scientists have observed that people with a high level of achievement motivation exhibit certain characteristics. Achievement motivation is the tendency to endeavor for success and to choose goal oriented success or failure activities.

Achievement motivation forms to be the basic for a good life. People who are oriented towards achievement, in general, enjoy life and feel in control. Being motivated keeps people dynamic and gives them self-respect. They set moderately difficult but easily achievable targets, which help them, achieve their objectives. They do not set up extremely difficult or extremely easy targets. By doing this they ensure that they only undertake tasks that can be achieved by them. Achievement motivated people prefer to work on a problem rather than leaving the outcome to chance. It is also seen that achievement motivated people seem to be more concerned with their personal achievement rather than the rewards of success.

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It is generally seen that achievement motivated people evidenced a significantly higher rate of advancement in their company compared to others. Programs and courses designed, involves seven "training inputs." The first step refers to the process through which achievement motivation thinking is taught to the person. The second step helps participants understand their own individuality and goals. The third assist participants in practicing achievement-related actions in cases, role-plays, and real life. A fourth refers to practicing of achievement-related actions in business and other games. A fifth input encourages participants to relate the achievement behavior model to their own behavior, self-image, and goals. The sixth program facilitates participants to develop a personal plan of action. Finally, the course provides participants with feedback on their progress towards achieving objectives and targets.

Achievement motivation as a branch of study has greatly established its prominence. A number of companies are now training their employees in the same.

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Goal-Setting - How to Make an Action Plan

So you decided to start something new, be it losing weight, quitting smoking, or going back to college. Each of these tasks is daunting at first glance, but the right goal setting techniques will help you to accomplish any tasks almost easily. Anyone can dream, but it becomes a goal when written down.

Sit Down and Think

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All you need to start is something to write on (a piece of paper or computer) and something to write with (a pen, or your keyboard). Sit in a comfortable spot with minimal distractions, and allow your mind to truly think about your goal.

Some questions to ask about your goal:

  • What do you need to do to realize this dream?
  • Are there set steps or processes? Or do you have to figure it out yourself? How will you find this information out? Eg: search online or call an information phone number.
  • What do you need before you can start this goal? Eg: money, more time, fresh veggies, smoking cessation products, college pamphlets and applications.
  • How did other people get to this goal? Can you follow in their footsteps?
  • Is there anyone who can be a mentor during this journey? What advice do they have for you?

Write down any ideas, questions, and thoughts you have during this brain-storming session. The first step is seeing what kinds of information you need to continue. If you are at a computer you can start researching these questions. Find out how to start, what you'll need, and what to do next.

The most helpful question to ask is, where do you see yourself in 3 months? 6 months? One year? Imagining yourself at your goal is proven to help your brain to begin processing actually doing that goal, and it provides instant gratification. Imagining your goals being met in the future gives your brain yummy mental candy to chew on and triggers the dopamine receptors responsible for the pleasure center of the brain. This question also forces you to gauge your current status. How are you doing right now? Are you actively pursuing your goals? If not, you can see what social, mental, and environmental factors contribute to hindering your progress and begin to make changes to get the ball rolling.

Gather Information and Begin to Plan

After you finish writing down what you'll need to know, it's time to head to the library or your laptop. Search engines will be crucial for efficiently researching your goal. A simple trick is to write "How to [apply for college, lose weight, etc.]..." in quotation marks in the search box and see what kinds of information turns up. If you have a specific product in mind, say for losing weight or for quitting smoking, find the website or the phone number and ask for information or prices.

Magazines available at the library for free can offer quick, reader-friendly information and almost every issue in any niche has articles especially for beginners just starting out and has fresh, new advice that you won't find in older books. However, for the most information in one place, books on your general area will be invaluable.

If you have -20 to spend you can find a great book for beginners on your topic at a bookstore or Amazon; make sure you thoroughly read the reviews or skim through the book to make sure it will be a smart buy, but a recent book published within the last few years is your best bet. Beginner books series specializes on introducing new topics for beginners and have step by step plans and advice. If you are totally lost on how to start realizing your goal, find a book specially targeted for beginners.

If you need a support group, search for forums where people interested in similar goals and hobbies join to talk in one place. These forums, such as the Weight Watchers forums, are a great way to find people who are farther along in their journey and can offer guidance, advice, and help for people just like you starting out. There are also hotlines you can call for anonymous counseling on quitting smoking or finding professional help for substance and alcohol abuse.

When researching, keep a pad of paper near your workspace so you can take notes. This information will be used to help you flesh out your plan later. Depending on the goal, researching can take 1-2 hours so set aside a few blocks of time during the week if you have a tight deadline to search online or visit the library. If you have decided to purchase a book, you can highlight key points and write down the steps they outline.

Break Up your List into Manageable Daily, Weekly and Monthly Tasks

The hard part is finally over. It can be overwhelming to dive into a new topic headfirst, but now you are armed with vital information that will prove invaluable for you later on as you hit roadblocks or self doubt. Take your research notes and skim over the information that you found. Is there a clear-cut plan emerging? Begin to write down everything that you have to do for you goal. If a task is too large, break it up into monthly, weekly, or daily tasks. For example, to lose weight one of the things you need to do is eat better. This topic is too large, so it can be broken down into:

· Drink 64 ounces of water daily
· Cook own dinner 4-5 times per week
· Try a new fruit or vegetable a few times per month

Keep doing this for every task until you begin to see every small thing you need to do for your goal. Now you have a plan! If you haven't already, organize these into daily tasks, weekly tasks, and monthly tasks. Take a look at your list, and start the first daily task immediately. Is your first task to quit smoking to throw out your remaining cigarettes? Head over to that garbage can. Congratulations, you just set an action plan with your goals. Make sure you read over your task list everyday and to visualize your goals so that you always know where you're headed. If you're not moving forward, where are you going?

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How Understanding Internet Marketing Saved My Life

At one point I was a confused college student. I was approaching my final year in University to receive my degree in psychology. I thought that maybe I would enter social work to try to change an unchangeable, constantly failing system for thirty thousand dollars a year.

I was beginning to understand that with my school loans approaching 3 years of my salary (and how much money can you save for loans on 30K a year?) and the nearly impossible task of causing change in a governmental system, that perhaps I was setting myself up for failure.

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It was at this point I began to try to open my eyes to other possibilities of creating the future reality I had dreamed of when I was introduced to MLM business opportunities. My company was nothing special and I was about two years late in joining but it was the driving force that brought me to the internet, and the internet is why I want to talk to you.

This revelation into the internet happened about two and a half years ago. At that point I was making 350 - 400 dollars a month, was one semester away from graduating college and all I had was faith and a sudden idea that I should get my products up on the internet. Now, I average 60-65 thousand dollars a month, work less actually, have totally renewed faith in my ability to manifest my dreams, and I gave my thanks to my strong desire to understand the ins and outs of internet marketing for all of this.

Now I know boat loads of free marketing campaigns. (MySpace, U-Tube, article marketing for exposure and search engine ranking, blogging, forums, the list goes on) Please you need to learn these venues, obtain link popularity, and grab name recognition. They get considerable traffic and provide awesome leads and databases.

Next, I perfected my outsourcing campaigns. Systems for key word research, employees to handle customer service, ghost writers, and web site designers. But remember it takes trusted freelancers, a well planned out flow chart, and making sure you team knows the flow of work, who's doing what and who's reporting to whom. And everyone understanding completely the quality of work you expect. You may want to motivate with special incentives for extremely well efficiency and even better quality.

Understanding the internet very well has seriously changed my life. But I'm not telling you I'm a guru. Everyday I myself am trying to develop ways to improve what already works and learn new avenues for expanding my exposure to my target markets.

You aren't too late to understand how too make all the money you will ever need with the internet, but it take hard work and discipline. I spent over two and a half years self teaching myself as many different marketing techniques I could learn to get where I am now. But I'm certain had I become a social worker, I would be nowhere as close to being able to help the world as I am now.

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Time Management Techniques - How to Schedule Your Time Better

It is common for people to be looking for answers and solution for how to manage their time better. You will read a lot about making a schedule, putting time aside each day to do this task or that task. Although this is beneficial, and having a well organized day planner can be beneficial, to often people end up focusing on the wrong things and fill their day planner with a bunch of work that isn't moving them forward to their success.

A day planner scheduled down to the minute looks nice and may help you feel like you are organized, but if all those perfectly scheduled meetings and activities are not actively moving you forward to your goals for success, then you have work to do. I am less concerned with exactly when you are doing each and every thing you need to do. I am much more concerned with the way you are focusing your time for your success.

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If instead of focusing on scheduling every moment of every day with an activity, why not look at scheduling your time in percentages of time instead. By the end of the week, you should look at how you have spent your time over the week and divide it up into the following categories and time percentages. If you can get your life scheduled this way you will be well on the way to achieving success by better time management.

Before I go into the specific categories I want to state that over the week I am allotting 8 hours to sleep a night. So all off the hours for each category is after taking out 8 hours a day for sleep. (56 hours)

Category #1 - Necessities - 55% of your time - 61 Hours

Necessities is exactly what it sounds like. Necessities time is the time you spend doing what you have to in order to get by. This can include work, going to and from work, making dinner, I would even include time with family in this. I know that this may not seem like nearly enough time to get all of the necessities done (just 61 hours a week or just over 8 hours a day) but remember this is the ideal. You may not be starting at 61 total hours for the week, but this is where you want to get to.

If you have a job that has you in the office 60 hours a week, this is good motivation to work on the other categories so you can get out of a job that is that unhealthy. You need to focus on the other categories as well in order to achieve what you need and want to achieve.

Category #2 - Give - 5% of your time - 5 Hours

This is a huge category to make sure you are taking the time to do. In order to really be able to receive all of the amazing things you want to come your way. In order to receive well you need to be able to give well. Take time every week to give back to your community in some way. This could be coaching a youth team, working with Habitat for Humanity to build houses, working at a soup kitchen, etc. It is only 5 hours a week, so commit these hours to helping others and getting out of your own stuff.

Category #3 - Long Term Programs for Success - 10% of your time - 11 Hours

This is the time in the week that get to work on those big long term projects. This could be renovating the kitchen, work on writing that novel you always wanted to work on, cleaning the garage, etc. These are those projects that could take a couple of weeks to finish, but if you commit the 11 hours a week to them then the list will get done much quicker. Maybe this is your "honey do" list. How great will it be to know you have 11 hours you are specifically dedicating to getting this stuff done.

Category #4 - Education - 10% of your time - 11 hours

This is one of the most important categories. If you are not learning you are not growing, and if you are not growing you are dying, so if you are not learning you are dying. So make sure to spend 11 hours a week on educational activities. This could be attending seminars, reading books, listening to webinars or CDs, etc. In fact, this can be a great way to spend your daily commute. Instead of listening to the radio, put in an educational CD and listen to that to and from work. It is very effective use of your time and will accelerate your growth and success.

Category #5 - Financial Freedom - 10% of your time - 11 hours

This is the time each week you spend on growing your wealth and making more money. This could be doing investing, trading, writing that book to sell, working on your website to make money online, etc. it does not matter what vehicle you are working on, as long as you are spending 11 hours a week working on growing your wealth in some manner. You could start your own company and work on it for these 11 hours a week. You could be in network marketing and put your 11 hours in doing calls and hosting gatherings. It does not matter what the vehicle, just put in the time to keep growing and expanding your wealth. This will help you reduce the amount of necessity time you have to spend at work eventually allowing your more necessity time at home with the family.

Category #6 - Play - 10% of your time - 11 hours

I am willing to guess this is where the majority of your extra time is going on a regular basis. This is the time for leisure, to relax and unwind. How much time do you spend sitting in front of the TV, because those hours count here. This is going to be the toughest category to stick to with time, but you must if you want success. Do not let the excuses arise allow you to have your time sucked away by "relaxing". There is time to relax, and there is time to get stuff done. Balance them both and you will succeed.

I know that this comes out to be a total of 166 hours out of the 168 hours a week you have available to you. Those last 2 hours are a cushion to be used anywhere you want. If you are able to structure your time this way you will see accelerated success and growth and more of what you want in your life.

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Diet Tips - Five Easy Ways to Lose Weight Fast!

Many people hate the idea of rigid diets - the good news is that if follow the five proven weight loss tips below, you will lose weight easily.

The diet tips require no real willpower and can improve anyone's diet and chances of healthy weight control.

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1. Drink Water

One of the most effective diet tips is to drink plenty of water. In fact, water is possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off.

Water acts as a natural appetite suppressant by keeping your stomach full and fending off dehydration that leads to hunger cravings. Water also provides the additional benefit of flushing out toxins from the body and keeping it hydrated.

Water also helps your body metabolize stored fat by helping the kidneys flush out waste. When you don't drink enough water the liver that works to provide stored fat for energy also takes on the role of helping the kidneys eliminate waste and thus becomes less effective at metabolizing fat.

2. Eat Breakfast

Many people believe one of the best diet tips is skipping breakfast, as it will help them lose weight, this is totally incorrect. Skipping breakfast can make you hungrier later in the day leading to distorted satiety signals (i.e. it's hard to determine when you're full). This can actually result in eating more as a result.

If you don't have time to eat breakfast or don't like to, at least have a liquid meal to fuel your body after sleeping and having no nutrition for several hours.

3. Increase Fibre Intake

Eating lots of foods rich in fibre helps keep food moving through your bowels. Just like water, fiber rich foods bulk you up and make you feel full. In fact, the average person could lose around 10 pounds a year just from doubling their fiber intake.

High fiber foods are generally low in calories and fill you up, so eating more of them means you're eating fewer calories and leaving less room for calories from other foods. Fiber also cuts calories by attaching itself to some of the other proteins and fats that you eat and eliminates them as well.

The average person consumes about 8g of fiber per day, but many experts recommend 25g. Start your day with a high fiber cereal and keep eating fibre throughout the day.

4. Eat Healthy Fats

Many experts claim that fat causes obesity, raises your cholesterol and causes heart disease, but this is not strictly true. If fat is all that bad, why is it part of our natural diet chain? The reason is fat can be very good for you.

Fat provides the body with essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids) needed for normal reproduction and growth, as well as for production of prostaglandin, a hormone like compound that regulates blood pressure, blood clotting, and inflammation.

When eating fats you should eat healthy fats. Eating "healthy" fats includes the cold-water fish, mackerel and salmon, nuts, and olive oil. By eating healthy fats over unhealthy ones you will lose weight.

5. Lean Protein

Protein is a great weight control tool because of the immediate satiety factor and because it keeps you full for longer periods. It also balances out carbs by preventing insulin spikes that can lead to a drain in energy and sugar cravings.

Protein also helps maintain muscle mass, which is very important in the fat burning process. At least 20% of calories should be in the form of protein.

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Three Tips to Build the Reading Habit

We now live in the age of knowledge and the quality of your knowledge is becoming more important than ever. The more knowledgeable you are, the more opportunities you will have in life. That's why building your knowledge should be one of your top priorities.

One of the best ways to build knowledge is reading. Reading gives you access to the great minds of the world. While meeting them in person is not always possible, reading gives you a way to learn from them. It's as if you are sitting next to them and listening to what they are saying. Reading widens your perspective and enriches your life.

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But occasional reading is not enough. If you want to fully build your knowledge, you should make reading a habit. It should be something that you do consistently over time. Here are three tips to build the reading habit:

1. Allocate time for reading

If you want to have the habit of reading, you should allocate time for it. Make the time instead of trying to find it. For example, you could allocate one hour a day to read books. With just one hour a day, you will already read for about 30 hours a month.

To get maximum benefit, choose the time when your mind is fresh. If you are tired or sleepy, you are unlikely to get full benefit from your reading.

2. Be curious

Allocating time for reading is necessary, but you should also build the motivation to read. One good way to build your motivation is by being curious. Don't be satisfied with knowing just the surface of something. Be eager to dig deeper. Ask questions and don't just take things for granted. When you are curious, building reading habit is relatively easy because reading satisfies your curiosity.

3. Always bring a book

When you are standing in a queue or waiting for an appointment, you can use the time to read. This way you will be able to read more. To use such moments for reading, you should always bring a book with you wherever you go. The books don't have to be physical. They can also be digital books that you carry in your cell phone or PDA. Whatever the form is, be sure that you have something to read when you have idle time during your day.


These three tips are simple but they can help you build the reading habit. Having the habit of reading will make you successful in this age of knowledge.

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Motivation and Work at Home Jobs

Once you have mastered the techniques of building your motivation level then in order for it to be successful you need to put it to work. One of the biggest ways to be able to do this is through work at home jobs.

Many individuals have all the talent they need to run a business but the may be lacking in four areas.

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  1. self esteem
  2. motivation
  3. resources
  4. money

If any of the components are missing then it is the weak link in the business scheme that can cause it to fail. Yet all four of these areas can be totally controlled and manipulated by an individual.

Self esteem
There is no way you are going to become motivated to do anything if you don't give yourself credit for being able to do anything. Unfortunately when a persons self confidence becomes shaky in one area it has a ripple effect on other areas of their life. For example if a person is jilted in a romance they lose confidence in themselves, then this can spill over into their work life where once they were self assured now they no longer are.

For work at home jobs one must be motivated. If they are they stay structured and disciplined to follow a work schedule. A work at home job technically means you are your own boss so you have to police yourself as you would an employee.

These are needed no matter what kind of work at home opportunity you are contemplating. If may be something such as freelance writing, but you still have to view it as a self employed at home job and will need resources such as your computer for example.

Depending on what type of at home business you are contemplating, chances are you will need some money to get started.

These four areas all rebound back to motivation however. You have to become a self motivator so that you will drive yourself to get those resources and money that you may need. The old cliché of "where there is a will there is way", really does take on its true form here. Motivation and work at home jobs is a partnership in that it takes motivational techniques to drive you to a successful work at home business.

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Workplace Stress: What to Do During Down Times?

The main problem in a down economy is that workplaces tend to become stressful and morale bottoms out. This reduces overall productivity and especially gets in the way of teamwork. Here are some approaches that go beyond cash rewards, stock options or other silver-lined benefit packages to keep employees engaged during an economic downturn. Sometimes, simple works best.

Have informal coffee talks.

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Pull an entire work team together to openly talk about what's going on in the world and how it affects business. Encourage employee questions. This decreases negative rumors and also gets employees focused on work rather than on griping.

Offer stress relief activities.

Hire a local massage school to offer free 10-minute chair massages once a week. A distinctive and fun way for a company to convey that it recognizes the rough times and it cares about their staff's well-being.

Create future teams.

The goal of these employee teams is to investigate new business development options that are either focused (how to move inventory) or wide open (identify potential customers in new areas). By encouraging workers to focus on the future, motivation levels rise quickly.

Support community involvement.

Provide company time for teams of employees to serve dinner at a local shelter, help build houses, adopt a family for a holiday, or collect money for a common charity. It not only serves as a motivator in that people feel they are doing something with a purpose but also creates a positive public image.

Make people feel valuable.

Talk with key employees about the types of projects, training, or experiences they would like to have. Times may be tough for people to get jobs, but your best people are also the most marketable. One of the main reasons people leave or are unmotivated is because they don't feel valued by their manager or company.

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How To Write a Great Motivational Speech: Get Ready to Pull Out All the Emotional Stops

How do you go about writing a motivational speech? Well the first think you need to know is what the speech is for? Is it to encourage a sports team to make that extra effort to win a championship game? Is it to spur on a country to keep going when the odds are against it, as Winston Churchill did in Britain during World War II? Is it Martin Luther King delivering his I Have A Dream speech on behalf of all African Americans? Is it a CEO urging a sales team to produce exceptional results?

I have written several speeches where the objective was to encourage a team of people or group of individuals to perform at their best. Here are some thoughts for those of you who must write a speech to motivate others.

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Writers and speakers love to incorporate suitable quotes into their speeches as part of the motivation. Thousands of quotations have been used over the centuries from classics of literature, to Holy Books, to words of wisdom from the famous and not-so-famous. They serve as starting points to a speech. One of my favorites is from Grace Murray Hopper, a remarkable woman who happened to be an admiral in the US Navy as well as a computer scientist. Grace Hopper lived from 1906-1992 and here's the quote - A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are (built) for. The quote is a great metaphor for life and is easily workable into a motivational speech.

Another ideal component of a motivational speech is a story that generates an emotional response. Great examples of such stories are published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. They typically tell of human beings who persist through tough circumstances to come out on top. In a motivational speech, it's even better if the speaker has gone through difficult circumstances of their own, and can relate their story as an example to motivate others.

The conjuring up of images in a speech can also be very successful in helping to motivate people. Images and quotes from successful athletes can be very powerful. So too can images from nature. I once wrote a speech for a CEO to deliver to his company's sales team. In the speech he spoke of the need for preparation and quiet before a period of breakout performance. We used a metaphor of a tree in winter, quiet and conserving its energy prior to the onrush of spring. Everyone in the audience could identify with the image as they prepared for the new sales year. Winter was what they were now going through, but spring was just around the corner with its signs of hope and of prosperity. They could almost touch it.

Now think about the language you are using. My experience is that short sentences employing the simplest of words are often more effective than complex words and phrases. It's particularly powerful if the speaker takes his or her time, speaks slowly and softly, and allows the nuances of the words to come through.

If you have been hired to write a motivational speech, look for those things that can help you. Search out appropriate quotes, discover stories that convey the messages you want to get across. Are there images and metaphors that will serve your purpose? At all times, keep your eyes and ears and intuition open for those situations, those events that spark the emotion and the language that expresses it. When you do that, your speech could and should get a standing ovation.

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Diversity in the Workplace: Benefits, Challenges and Solutions

Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. That sounds simple, but diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and more.

Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but how they perceive others. Those perceptions affect their interactions. For a wide assortment of employees to function effectively as an organization, human resource professionals need to deal effectively with issues such as communication, adaptability and change. Diversity will increase significantly in the coming years. Successful organizations recognize the need for immediate action and are ready and willing to spend resources on managing diversity in the workplace now.

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Benefits of Workplace Diversity

An organization's success and competitiveness depends upon its ability to embrace diversity and realize the benefits. When organizations actively assess their handling of workplace diversity issues, develop and implement diversity plans, multiple benefits are reported such as:

Increased adaptability

Organizations employing a diverse workforce can supply a greater variety of solutions to problems in service, sourcing, and allocation of resources. Employees from diverse backgrounds bring individual talents and experiences in suggesting ideas that are flexible in adapting to fluctuating markets and customer demands.

Broader service range

A diverse collection of skills and experiences (e.g. languages, cultural understanding) allows a company to provide service to customers on a global basis.

Variety of viewpoints

A diverse workforce that feels comfortable communicating varying points of view provides a larger pool of ideas and experiences. The organization can draw from that pool to meet business strategy needs and the needs of customers more effectively.

More effective execution

Companies that encourage diversity in the workplace inspire all of their employees to perform to their highest ability. Company-wide strategies can then be executed; resulting in higher productivity, profit, and return on investment.

Challenges of Diversity in the Workplace

Taking full advantage of the benefits of diversity in the workplace is not without its challenges. Some of those challenges are:

Communication - Perceptual, cultural and language barriers need to be overcome for diversity programs to succeed. Ineffective communication of key objectives results in confusion, lack of teamwork, and low morale.

Resistance to change - There are always employees who will refuse to accept the fact that the social and cultural makeup of their workplace is changing. The "we've always done it this way" mentality silences new ideas and inhibits progress.

Implementation of diversity in the workplace policies - This can be the overriding challenge to all diversity advocates. Armed with the results of employee assessments and research data, they must build and implement a customized strategy to maximize the effects of diversity in the workplace for their particular organization.

Successful Management of Diversity in the Workplace - Diversity training alone is not sufficient for your organization's diversity management plan. A strategy must be created and implemented to create a culture of diversity that permeates every department and function of the organization.

Recommended steps that have been proven successful in world-class organizations are:

Assessment of diversity in the workplace - Top companies make assessing and evaluating their diversity process an integral part of their management system. A customizable employee satisfaction survey can accomplish this assessment for your company efficiently and conveniently. It can help your management team determine which challenges and obstacles to diversity are present in your workplace and which policies need to be added or eliminated. Reassessment can then determine the success of you diversity in the workplace plan implementation.

Development of diversity in the workplace plan - Choosing a survey provider that provides comprehensive reporting is a key decision. That report will be the beginning structure of your diversity in the workplace plan. The plan must be comprehensive, attainable and measurable. An organization must decide what changes need to be made and a timeline for that change to be attained.

Implementation of diversity in the workplace plan - The personal commitment of executive and managerial teams is a must. Leaders and managers within organizations must incorporate diversity policies into every aspect of the organization's function and purpose. Attitudes toward diversity originate at the top and filter downward. Management cooperation and participation is required to create a culture conducive to the success of your organization's plan.

Recommended diversity in the workplace solutions include:

Ward off change resistance with inclusion. - Involve every employee possible in formulating and executing diversity initiatives in your workplace.

Foster an attitude of openness in your organization. - Encourage employees to express their ideas and opinions and attribute a sense of equal value to all.

Promote diversity in leadership positions. - This practice provides visibility and realizes the benefits of diversity in the workplace.

Utilize diversity training. - Use it as a tool to shape your diversity policy.

Launch a customizable employee satisfaction survey that provides comprehensive reporting. - Use the results to build and implement successful diversity in the workplace policies.

As the economy becomes increasingly global, our workforce becomes increasingly diverse. Organizational success and competitiveness will depend on the ability to manage diversity in the workplace effectively. Evaluate your organization's diversity policies and plan for the future, starting today.

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Top Tips For Getting Yourself Motivated

Do you suffer a lack of motivation? have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and getting on with your life?. Motivation is a emotional response to a situation, some tasks de- motivate us some tasks motivate.When you are higly motivated you can make incredible progress in your life.

Hit new heights, achieve goals, be more positive with no more procrastination. Therse top tips will turn you from a tryer to a doer!

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1. Set an achievable target for the amount of work you will do each day and stick do it. Don't try to overdo it; if you set unrealistic goals and then run out of time, it will de-motivate you.

2. Use clear and specific indicators to monitor your progress against the task; set realistic timelines that are achievable.

3. Visualise the desired outcome: see yourself already having achieved what you set out to do.

4. Start a motivation map. Put a pin board on your wall and pin up pictures of whatever it is that you want to achieve (i.e. new car, more rewarding job, improved fitness). Write down some 'trigger' words that will inspire you to live your dream. Look at the board every day and KNOW that you will get there.

5. Forget about the concept of "trying"; focus instead on either "doing" or "not doing"

6. Develop realistic expectations of yourself. Don't be over optimistic when it comes to setting goals, but be honest and say "I can do that" when you can. It may take time to reach your goal, but even a journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step.

7. Break down goals into bite-sized tasks; a little progress a day is better than none at all.

8. Minimize your self-defeating behaviours and thoughts, such as low confidence, perfectionism, and procrastination. Instead, focus on small improvements and small successes.

9. Reward yourself and feel good about your accomplishments, no matter how small. Don't just focus on what's left, or what you have not done, but focus on what you have achieved. Give yourself a pat on the back, look in the mirror, and say "Well done".

10. Feel your fear. Fear stops you dead and robs you of your dreams, but only IF YOU LET IT. Fear is the dark force of destruction, the crusher of spirit, hopes and aspirations. Instead of being ruled by fear, turn it around and use your fear of failure as a motivator to turn the negative into the positive and stick two fingers up to the world. Then you can look back and say "I did It".

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Motivational Speaking Tips

Are you an event planner looking online for speakers who can deliver a message to your constituents? Then you are at the right place. I will discuss the ins and outs of public speaking. What you want is a motivational speaker. I know it sounds weird and expensive but this is what you are looking for.

A motivational speaker is a neutral person that can address your audience. You simply give the person a topic and let that person speak to your people. Some are inspirational, some are funny, some are serious and some are celebrities. If you go the celebrity route, be ready to pay a hefty fee. Its almost best to go with an amateur because these folks are hungry for days to fill up their calendar and most still have the energy that is needed. Think of somebody who has done it for twenty years versus someone who is fresh on the market. You will get one who is on fire and one who is relaxed and knowledgeable.

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Yes there is a tradeoff but in the end its the message that is being spoken not the person who is speaking. So consider folks who want to come to your place to speak. Do not get just any guy who has a website, get somebody who is comfortable on stage and enjoys speaking to audiences. Also some speakers have books and they are going to want to sell them at a table so keep that into consideration, you may have to even have someone man the table for them and sell their merchandise. In the end, its worth it to get someone to speak to you crowd.

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Your audience will benefit by listening to a youth motivational speaker who has credentials and loves to inspires people with his message.

If you are reading this know that a youth speaker is perfect for address students at a school assembly.

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How To Recover Your Motivation

If you've lost your motivation, how do you get it back? If next to getting out of bed, is the difficulty of getting out of the shower, it could be that you've lost the motivation that you once had for your work.

There are a number of reasons why people lose their motivation. Overwork and lack of proper relaxation probably head the list; but once you've lost it, how do you get it back. How can you recover the enthusiasm you once had when you started?

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The answer lies in your perspective. When you first started, you had a dream that consisted not only of what your business could do for you, but also what it might look like: what your office would be like; the number of employees you've have; the respect you'd get from your peers or your family. No doubt, you also yearned for the financial benefits as well, but as you've no doubt discovered, the money alone is a short term motivator.

No, that which has caused you to become demotivated is the your perspective has changed. Instead of seeing the benefits, you've begun to dwell on the cost. You know that you're already giving 100% and may even be working all the hours that you possibly can; but when you hit a plateau despite your best efforts, then it's all too easy to lose your sense of judgment and proportion. It's easy, even comforting in a morbid sort of way, to put it down to some personal inadequacy, and give up.

So, in order to recover your motivation, you need to stimulate it. Start by taking a little time off. You may feel that you can't afford to do so; but that rather begs the question: Which would you prefer, a day or so off now, or months off from a nervous breakdown? Breakdowns can occur when you least expect them, and you don't want to find out how far you can go before you have one!

After your break, sit in a quiet spot and review your reasons for going into business for yourself. This isn't intended to be a reality check; it's supposed to be a reconsideration of your motives for starting a business in the first place. You want to remind yourself of the bona fide reasons that got you excited in the first place.

Then each, and every day, for the following month, read what you've written out loud. In this way, you'll retrain your brain to think about why it, and you, are in the business you're in.

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Employee Motivation: Three Tips for Better Management

Employee motivation is a challenge many managers and business owners struggle with. It is common sense that motivated employees work harder and produce better results, but how can we cross that bridge from theory to practice?

Employees who feel unmotivated are a common feature in companies around the world. People can quickly lose interest in work that is repetitive, unnecessary, too easy or too difficult. Staff can also feel alienated from the business when they are kept distant from the upper-level management, uninformed about the results of their daily tasks, or unsure of whether or not anyone even notices their contribution.

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With so many reasons for burnout and dissatisfaction with work, improving employee motivation can seem impossible. If you're struggling to keep your workers happy and motivated, try implementing policies around these three 'I's: information, incentive and innovation.


The most common enemy of employee motivation is the lack of information. If your employees don't know what's expected of them, don't know why they're doing something or don't know who to collaborate with on projects and problems, you'll have a staff that feels helpless and disconnected from their work.

Good 'information' will let your employees know exactly why they are important to the business and will leave them feeling more invested in their jobs.

  • Staff members who feel piped in to the company feel more engaged in it, so make sure your employees know what's going on around them.
  • Talk to your employees every day. Even just to say 'good morning' or 'goodnight'. Regular contact with the upper level management will make staff feel more like a team member.
  • Make sure your employee know exactly what their job description is, what's expected of them on a daily/quarterly/yearly basis. Nothing can be so demotivating as uncertainty.
  • Tell your employees why their tasks are important. Adults are typically disinterested in tasks when they don't understand the context. Tell your staff the bigger story of the company and make sure they know where their work fits.


Even the best informed employees need incentives. While a steady pay check may be enough motivation to get someone in the door, it takes more to coax your staff into working their best. Be sure to reward consistently high-achieving employees with pay raises and bonuses. People love to feel their good work is valued.

People want more from work than just money however, and offering the occasional bonus is just the beginning of good employee motivation. More than anything else, research has shown that employees want to feel appreciated by their supervisors. In fact, money is almost never the primary motivator of highly motivated staff. Think about these innovative incentives to boost employee motivation:

  • Tell your staff when they're doing a good job. Regular encouragement is a great motivator. Consider an 'employee of the month' programme to let your high achievers know that you notice them.
  • Consider non-monetary reasons your staff might choose working at your company over another. Flexible scheduling and internal promotions might be more motivating factors than higher salaries.
  • Give your staff clear targets/goals for set periods of time. Let them know that they will be evaluated on these and rewarded if they are achieved.


Research has indicated that managers at non-innovative companies have more trouble managing staff and fostering motivation that those at companies that encourage thinking outside the box. Why might this be?

Employees who are not encouraged creatively typically feel no control over their job and are often bored by the dull repetition of their tasks. It's important to allow your staff to think innovatively about their jobs and your company and to share those ideas. Who knows? One of your accountants may come up with your next big marketing slogan.

To foster an innovative culture at your company, try these strategies:

  • Be receptive to new ideas, no matter when they come or who they come from.
  • Reward creativity. Make sure credit goes to the person it belongs too (nothing crushes the desire to innovate like the knowledge that someone else will take the credit for your great idea).
  • Do not punish failure: make sure your employees are not so afraid of failing that they shy away from trying new things.
  • Formalise the creative process: schedule regular brainstorming sessions, providing staff with a channel through which to communicate new ideas.

Keep these three 'I's in mind when you structure your business and you may be surprised at how achievable employee motivation can be.

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Self Motivation Secrets

We all have a lack of self motivation at times. We can learn a hundred ways to improve our lives, but then hesitate to act. Something less important catches our attention, or we just don't feel like doing what we need to do. Even a person who is normally highly motivated can sometimes have a hard time getting started on an important task.

Is there a solution? There are probably dozens of them. Below are six of the best self motivation techniques that consistently work when used. Try them all, but if you find even one or two here that work for you, you'll be on your way.

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Self Motivation Techniques That Work

1. Talk to get motivated. One of my favorite ways to create energy and motivation is to talk. Once I tell my wife about the article I'm going to write, I'm out of my slump and back at the keyboard. For less inspiring tasks, talk about the larger goals it will help you achieve.

2. Stimulate your desire. Seeing their potential future motivates many to sign up for get-rich-quick plans. The really good salesmen can put you in your imagined dream home in minutes, and make you feel motivated to do anything to make it real. Learn to be your own salesman.

3. Stimulate your pain. One Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique is to mentally link pain with not acting. It is like when finally stop hitting that snooze button on the alarm, and get up because you think you might lose your job. Just imagine any bad consequences that may occur if you don't do what you need to do.

4. Find a true interest. If you have no interest in what you are doing, it might mean you need to do something else. If it's just a task you dislike, but it needs to be done, relate it clearly in your mind to the greater goal. I don't like to drive, but I don't have a motivation problem when I'm driving to the mountains for a vacation.

5. Boost your energy. You need energy for self motivation. Coffee may help for a while, if caffeine doesn't create other problems for you. Exercising and sleeping well help too. Yo should also watch out for sugary foods. The "sugar blues"kill motivation. Once you find energy boosters that work for you, make a list and keep it handy for future use.

6. Take any small step. I've found if I commit to raking up one bag of leaves, I soon want to finish all the yard work. Taking any small step towards your goals is a great self motivation technique. To make this even easier, break larger goals down into small steps.

Motivation techniques really do work, but don't ask me how to get motivated to use them. In any case, you were motivated enough to read this far, so you'll be fine. Oh, and humor is number seven. A good laugh can overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed that sucks away self motivation.

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Employee Motivation Games

Every year at the major company event there are employee motivation games to play. Most of us dislike these games because the majority of them seem silly and pointless. Why waste our time with this is what employees usually complain about.

However, help is on the way. Out of all the employee motivation games played this one seems the favorite. Try a company scavenger hunt. The nice thing about this game is it does not have to be done during a major company event, although right before yearly inventory for smaller companies seems to be a good time. This will work for all companies. Large and small alike. You just need to have a set of company information for the employees to find out.

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The reason the scavenger hunt is my favorite of all employee motivation games is that it is easy to set up and easy to play. It is also relatively fun. First, get a list of company information that you want the employees to find out. It can be date of incorporation, date the first product was sold/manufactured, who was the founder, what is the best selling product, and the list goes on. Once you have a set of information you divide the employees into teams. You can set departments against each other or you can have other ways of making teams. Set a time frame, especially if some of the items are hard to find or locate. Have everyone meet back at the designated time and declare the winner or winners. Be sure to have a prize for the winning team or teams.

This is a great game because it is different from the usual employee motivation games. The game is actually educational in nature. Instead of wasting time with seemingly pointless tasks, it actually teaches the employees about the company they work for. The more knowledge employees have about the company they work for, the better they are able to understand and relate to its mission statement and vision. By empowering employees with knowledge, you are inviting them to stay. Isn't this a fun and interesting way to help improve employee retention rates

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