Category Archives: Engagement

5 Freedom-Fostering Ways to Develop High Performing Teams

Last week I shared four ways to tell if you inspire freedom or fear in your team members. You can tell you’ve created a culture of freedom in your team if you see your people taking appropriate risks, speaking truth … Continue reading

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Advice to Leaders: Building Trust is a Journey, Not a Destination

“So, Randy, how long does this whole process take?” That was a question from a senior executive with whom I was recently working. His company is proactively working to build a culture of trust and engagement, something few organizations do … Continue reading

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Quit Trying to Motivate People and Focus on These 3 Things Instead

What if I said you were wasting your time trying to motivate your employees? Would you think I’ve committed leadership heresy? Would you say I’ve gone off the deep end and lost touch with the reality? Maybe I am a heretic. … Continue reading

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3 Warning Signs You’re Leading on Autopilot

I often find myself driving my car on auto-pilot. No, my car doesn’t actually have autopilot (although Tesla is testing one that does!), but I’ll find myself mentally on autopilot. Since the vast majority of time when I drive I’m … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Leaders Should Stop the Foolish Pursuit of Happiness at Work

To borrow from Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy:” It might seem crazy what I’m about to say… But I really don’t care if you’re happy at work. In fact, I think all the hype about happiness at work is a … Continue reading

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