Motivation for Managers and Entrepreneurs – Quotes

motivation for managers

Motivation for Managers and Entrepreneurs – Quotes

Here are some quotes to inspire motivation for managers and entrepreneurs.

  • My mentor said, “Let’s go do it” not “You go do it.” How powerful when someone says, “Lets!” Jim Rohn
  • The most powerful and predictable people-builders are praise and encouragement. Brian Tracy
  • Reinforce what you want to see repeated. What gets rewarded gets done. Brian Tracy
  • We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs. Bill Clinton
  • Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away. Tommy Lasorda 
  • Encourage your people to be committed to a project rather than just be involved in it. Richard Pratt
  • A manager is an assistant to their people. Thomas J Watson
  • The one word that makes a good manager – decisiveness Lee Iacocca
  • Develop your people. Focus on their strengths. Then make high demands based on a person’s strengths. Finally, periodically view their performance Peter Drucker
  • Success in management is when those you manage succeed, and the organization you work for succeeds. Unknown
  • People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. Norman Vincent Peale

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link

         

Are you feeling stuck at work?

Are you feeling stuck at work?

Career development: What To Do When You Feel  Stuck!

Are you feeling stuck at work? So you took this job full of enthusiasm.  You thought it was the right job, at the right time, in the right place.  It looked interesting and you liked the people who interviewed you. They told you how the company was committed to good management and developing their people.  There seemed to be really good opportunities to advance your career. And everyone told you how lucky you were to get a job.

You’ve been there a year now! And things have not turned out as you expected. Yes, the job was interesting when you first started. There was a lot to learn. Your manager is good at her job but these days she never seems to know what is going on at the top.  Everyone’s budget has been cut. A member of your team who left to go travelling has not been replaced.  You and the rest of the team are having to work harder. Provide cover is difficult. So, there is very little possibility that you will allowed to go on that part-time training course. Even if you fund the training yourself.

Right now you are feeling stuck at work

You are feeling stuck and wonder if you made the right decision. But all those people who told you were lucky to get the job are saying you would be foolish to leave.

Sadly, you are not alone! I keep hearing this tale from clients and from people I meet in social media. There are lots of good organizations, and good managers. But right now they are not offering many career development opportunities for their staff. Training budgets were cut a long time ago cut and vacancies are being held again.

Uncertainty means people are reluctant to move on. And that means opportunities for promotion, and for moving round inside the organization, may be less.  Everyone in the public and private sectors seems to be working harder and longer.

So what can you do?

Well, first of all see this for what it is; it isn’t personal.  These tough conditions are likely to continue. But there are job opportunities out there. And job search is much better done while you are already in employment. But don’t just jump to thinking that leaving this employer is necessarily the best move. Instead, start to think creatively about where you are now and the job you do.

Are there changes you can make to improve how you and your team are working? Can you show you are improving productivity and efficiency? Can you make improving things a special project that will benefit you, as well as the company?

What about forming a learning group with your own team? How about developing an action learning set as a regular lunch time activity? Perhaps you could learn in your own time how to facilitate the set.  That way everyone will benefit.

If you are in an organization that has other people at your level, could you organise a job swap? It would give you and a colleague some wider experience.

If your manager really doesn’t know what is going on at the top, can you find out more yourself? Could you use the internet to find what is happening in the sector? What is the world outside saying about your company and its major customers?

It’s up to you in the end!

Of course it is always sensible to keep your CV up to date and keep your eyes open for other opportunities. Even though the best move is not necessarily out.  All jobs have periods when they are more or less interesting. Much of the motivation to do the work is going to need to come from within you.  What is special about what you do and how can you take pride in it? At the end of the day, you, not your employer are responsible for your career development.

Working with a career coach really can help you get passed the block. Why not take advantage of my offer of a free half hour coaching session to find out how I can help

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Is Dopamine Your Key To Feeling Motivated?

In your brain the neurotransmitter dopamine works to ensure you get out of bed in a morning. It stimulates and supports your motivation. Dopamine contributes to feeling  thrills, pleasure, drive and concentration. Dopamine plays a big part in all kinds of reward motivated behaviour and feeling motivated.

People with low dopamine can lack a zest for life and sometimes they even begin to dopamine keeps you feeling motivatedshow signs of an addictive personality. They may become hooked on dopamine stimulating drugs like cocaine. Sometimes people with low dopamine just keep searching for new thrills; for example, taking too many risks or indulging in multiple love affairs.

Dopamine deficiency can be genetic. It may be created by viruses or drug abuse. Deficiency can lead to fatigue and depression.

Exercises, such as running, stimulate dopamine but again, it is important not to become addicted to the good feelings.

Dopamine is all about feeling motivated and reward motivation

You can stimulate your dopamine release by marking small goals with rewards and self praise. Move gradually towards bigger goals by rewarding yourself for each small step. Remember to stimulate the dopamine in other members of your team by praising them for reaching their goals. Being generous with praise is good for you and others.

Eating foods like eggs and spinach help to produce dopamine, as does drinking coffee. But, again, avoid the addictive effect – drinking too much caffeine will simply stimulate the release of adrenaline and cortisol. You want to feel motivated to achieve your goals, not stressed out.

A new book helps you understand the roles of your “happy chemicals” including dopamine and others like serotonin,  oxytocin, and endorphin. “Habits of a Happy Brain” shows you how to retrain your brain to turn on the chemicals that make you happy.  You can find out more at the link below.

Wendy Smith is a life coach and executive coach with depth of experience in career coaching, business coaching and personal development. She helps clients find a new career direction, start-up new businesses as well as dealing with the life problems and personal development. You can contact Wendy at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Personal Devopment; How to Stay Motivated Throughout the Day

How to Stay Motivated Throughout the Day

Brian Tracy is one of the most listened to audio author on personal and business success. His fast-moving talks and seminars on leadership, sales, managerial effectiveness and business strategy are loaded with powerful, proven ideas and strategies that people can immediately apply to get better results in every area.

He believes that to be successful, you must keep up high levels of energy to complete all the goals you set for yourself.  He stays energetic and motivated throughout the day by getting plenty of rest every night, having a good breakfast, and getting regular exercise. Here is his video on the subject.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Drive and Motivation – what motivates us

Drive and Motivation – what motivates us

Drive and Motivation: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Drive and Motivation – this entertaining little film has some useful information about motivation.  It is an illustrated adaptation of  Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA. It illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. You can find out more about RSA at www.theRSA.org



Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Drive and Motivation: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Drive and Motivation: The surprising truth about what motivates us

This entertaining little film has some useful information about motivation.  It is an illustrated adaptation of  Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA. It illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. You can find out more about RSA at www.theRSA.org



Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Career development: What To Do When You Feel Stuck!

Career development: What To Do When You Feel  Stuck!

So you took this job full of enthusiasm.  You thought it was the right job, at the right time, in the right place.  It looked interesting and you liked the people who interviewed you. They told you how the company was committed to good management and developing their people.  There seemed to be really good opportunities to advance your career and everyone told you how lucky you were to get a job in these testing economic times.

You’ve been there a year now and things have not turned out as you expected. Yes, the job was interesting when you first started and there was a lot to learn. Your manager is good at her job but these days she never seems to know what is going on at the top.  Everyone’s budget has been cut and a member of your team who left to go travelling has not been replaced.  You and the rest of the team are having to work harder to provide cover and there is very little possibility that you will allowed to go on a part-time training course, even if you fund the training yourself.

Right now you are feeling stuck and wonder if you made the right decision. But all those people who told you were lucky to get the job are saying you would be foolish to leave.

Sadly, you are not alone! I keep hearing this tale from clients and from people I meet in social media. There are lots of good organizations, and good managers, who can’t now offer the career development opportunities for their staff that they could a couple of years ago. Training budgets are being cut and vacancies are being held. And we all know about redundancies.

Because the job market is so slow, people are reluctant to move on and that means opportunities for promotion, and for moving round inside the organization, may be less.  Everyone in the public and private sectors seems to be working harder and longer.

So what can you do?  Well first of all see this for what it is; it isn’t personal.  These tougher conditions are going to be around for all of us for quite a while.  Unless you have scarce niche skills, finding another job is going to be hard and it is much better done while you are already in employment.  But don’t jump to thinking that leaving this employer is necessarily the best move.  Instead, start to think creatively about where you are now and the job you do.

Are there changes you can make to improve how you and your team are working – can you improve productivity and efficiency?  Alongside your work, can you make improving things a special project that will benefit you, as well as the company?

What about forming a learning group with your own team? How about developing an action learning set as a regular lunch time activity? Perhaps you could learn in your own time how to facilitate the set.  That way everyone could benefit.

If you are in an organization that has other people at your level, could you organize a job swap to give you and a colleague some wider experience.

If your manager really doesn’t know what is going on at the top, can you find out more yourself? Could you use the internet to find what is happening in the sector? What is the world outside saying about your company and its major customers?

While, it is always sensible to keep your CV up to date and keep your eyes open for other opportunities, don’t think the best move is necessarily out.  All jobs have periods when they are more or less interesting and much of the motivation to do the work needs to come from within you.   At the end of the day, you, not your employer are responsible for your career development.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Management – Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Management – Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

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Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link

         

Give thanks at work

Give thanks at work

The best way to give thanks at work  an interesting article from Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Give thanks at work – Bosses may think they’re showing gratitude to their staff, but more often than not, those thanks are not heard or believed. How to bridge the gratitude gap.

Employee appreciation may seem common in corporate America. Almost 80% of employers offer some kind of employee recognition program, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

Yet workers feel unappreciated — a whopping 71% in the US are disengaged, according to Gallup. What is going on?

You can read this interesting article from Katherine Reynolds Lewis at this link

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
Wendy Smith, Principal Coach, WiseWolf Life and Career Coaching

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link

         

The best way to give thanks at work – from http://management.fortune.cnn.com

The best way to give thanks at work

Bosses may think they’re showing gratitude to their staff, but more often than not, those thanks are not heard or believed. How to bridge the gratitude gap.

Employee appreciation may seem common in corporate America. Almost 80% of employers offer some kind of employee recognition program, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

Yet workers feel unappreciated — a whopping 71% in the US are disengaged, according to Gallup. What is going on?

You can read this interesting article from Katherine Reynolds Lewis at this link

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/21/the-best-way-to-give-thanks-at-work/

 

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