Are you a high-expectations leader, who gets frustrated by people around you turning up but not switching on?
These articles are designed to help you build high-performance design choices into your workplace organizational culture and change programs. Choices that inspire people to want to give of their best. Get these choices right, and high performance MUST follow.
I hope that the information on the following pages will inspire you to create a best place to work. One where people enjoy turning up for work and are inspired by the work they do.
Nurturing Your Culture and Engaging People
Creating A High Performing Culture
A quick look at how an organization's culture comes about, and the elements that characterize a high performance culture
Employee Motivation Survey
Use this survey to assess if YOU find your workplace motivating. Invite people in your team to take it, then share your findings with them.
Inspiring Motivation In The Workplace
Can you motivate someone to be fully engaged, passionate and inspired by the work you have to offer them? You might be surprised!
Understanding Your People's Desires
Understanding what gets people out of bed in the morning could be the key to inspiring high performance
Help People Identify What Energizes Them
Helping people identify what energizes them, will get them to work with a spring in their step.
Engaging People Who'd Rather Not Be There
Many people feel trapped in their job. Here's how to inspire people who might not be feeling so motivated.
How to Motivate Employees
Take a look at how I might inspire a Pizza delivery driver. It's easier than you think!
Employee Motivation Techniques
These are the Top 5 techniques to use if you want to create a high-performance workplace
Is Your Workplace Motivating Quiz
Quick 15 questions to see if you have set up the conditions that help keep people motivated
10 Ways To Foster Positive Attitudes
10 tips to foster positive attitudes so you reduce turnover, complaints and make your team one people love!
How's the morale in your workplace?
Tips identifying morale in your workplace: without using mood surveys. And how to improve low morale.
Tips for Engaging Employees
Helping your team to understand their 'because' is critical to engaging team members.
Ways To Reward
Here are the top 8 things to watch out for when putting your rewards program together. Make sure you don't de-motivate!
Book Review: Peak
Buy this book just for the bibliography! Seriously - it is filled with tips and techniques any leader can use to help create a high performance workplace
Do you have a toxic workplace?
Discover the signs of a toxic workplace. Make sure you aren't the leader who is causing toxicity in your environment.
What to do when humor is inappropriate
Here's why humor is important to performance and what to do when the humor becomes inappropriate.
Is Fun needed in your workplace? Take the quiz
Use this quiz to assess just how much fun and engagement there is at your workplace. Do you need to lighten up or tighten up?
Designing Organizations That Perform
Organization Design for High-Performance
Poor design stops many organizations from achieving high-performance. Of this you can be sure: every day you are making organizational design choices
An Organization Redesign Process (1)
Here's an overview of three crucial principles to be used when redesigning an organization. And we look at the teams you should involve in the process.
An Organization Redesign Process (2)
Following on from the first article on organization redesign, here we look at the elements involved when redesigning an organization for high performance.
Vision, Values, Mission Statements
Poorly used your teams mission, vision and values statements, will create deep cynicism throughout your organization, wisely used they are transformational
Developing A Team Vision Statement
The purpose of your vision statement is to stretch boundaries and comfort zones. To enable the people within the organization to have a sense of what could be
Developing A Team Mission Statement
Developing a team mission statement is not an exact science. You are simply fleshing out the distinctive competencies and primary reason for existence of ...
Developing Team Values
The shape of any organization is directed by the values USED by leaders with decision-making authority.
Developing Guiding Principles (1)
Ensure the long-term protection of your culture by using principles to guide decisions-making.
Developing Guiding Principles (2)
Identify the irrational rules and restrictions that are holding your people back from performing.
Principle vs Policy Quiz
Take this quiz to see if you can identify the difference between principles and policies.
Finding rules too restrictive and principles too airy-fairy? Then you need to create some team norms.
Managing Organizational Change
Managing The People Side Of Change
Access this training to go in-depth on how to get people to be inspired to be part of change. Use the tools and techniques I've used and shared with my clients to help introducing change easier.
Managing Change In The Workplace
There are four elements you want to make sure you cover before you begin to manage any change (big or small) in your organization
Changing Workplace Culture
There are two things you must do before you begin changing any workplace culture. Make sure you get these done very, very well!
Managing Resistance To Change
Use these tips to manage resistance to change. Identifying key stakeholders and having a plan to influence is essential.
Barriers To Organizational Change (1)
Any time you implement change in the workplace you are going to have deal with emotions. Use these tips to safely navigate that minefield.
Barriers To Organizational Change (2)
Part two of the article on dealing with people's emotions. People's emotions are one of the biggest barriers to organizational change.
Strategies For Managing Change
To get people excited to be a part of change you need to fine-tune your skills at story-telling! A compelling vision is the key.