Entries by Trevor Lee

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MOTIVATION THAT WORKS

Motivation is critical to the success of any company. A motivated employee will work harder, and better, than one who is unmotivated. And this doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with character. It doesn’t mean an unmotivated employee is intentionally slacking, it’s just that humans work better when they’re motivated. Motivation affects attitude, energy, creativity, and production. This is why good leaders motivate their people, and great leaders motivate people in the specific ways that work for each of them. Let me explain.

THE COMING CRISIS OF TRUST

As we pass the one-year mark since the beginning of the pandemic, there are so many shifts and changes that have happened in all our lives. Perhaps the biggest change in the area of our daily work is the shift to remote or flexible work (no, they are not the same thing). Working from home is certainly not new, but in the last year, even the most stalwart adherents to required in-office work have been forced to find ways to adapt. This has led many to proclaim that remote work is (mostly) here to stay, even after the pandemic has receded and we return to some form of what life was like before. While most business leaders are focused on the hard costs and benefits of remote work or flexible work, there is a cultural tension at work beneath the surface of every organization that threatens the long-term success of our new paradigms of decentralized work. The tension is whether we can choose to trust our employees and coworkers to deliver on their commitments or whether we choose to be suspicious.