The 4 Levels of Employee Motivation

What motivates the employees at your organization to do their best work? Are they working just for a paycheck, or do they feel that they are making a positive impact in the organization—and on its customers? Over the past few … Read More

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It’s Okay to Say No at Work

Imagine you have a new marketer at your company. Up and running for a few weeks now, Sarah has impressed her peers and senior employees with her insight and work ethic. This morning, she’s got several requests in her inbox: from … Read More

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17 Great Goal Setting Quotes, from Plato to Patrick Lencioni

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time,” goes the familiar saying from Zig Ziglar. It’s true at work, and it’s true in our personal lives. When we don’t have clear goals, we wallow in aimless tasks and … Read More

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Why “Feedforward” Works Better Than Feedback

Imagine you have an employee—a high-level manager—who just delivered a presentation to the board. Unfortunately, his presentation went terribly wrong. It hit all the wrong notes, and you know it didn’t make a good impression on anyone in the room. … Read More

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4 Advantages of Engaging Employees in Your Strategic Objectives

The team at FranklinCovey has researched over 500,000 individuals and 5,000 teams—and found that only 19 percent of individuals in any organization or team knows what the organization’s top priorities are. In yesterday’s business paradigm, where strategy is confined to the C-suite, that might not … Read More

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For Company Goal Setting, Quarterly Is Best

Life-advice junkies are familiar with this common tip: when you’re trying to accomplish something, break your big goal into smaller goals. With shorter-term objectives, you get a quicker sense of accomplishment and momentum and can adjust your plan when things inevitably go … Read More

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14 Inspirational Quotes on Strategy Execution

Arguably the biggest challenge facing any executive (especially those with a strong strategic orientation) is execution. Most of us are terrible at it, yet your company’s success rests on its ability to actually implement strategy. To get you revved up for the … Read More

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Don’t Confine Strategic Planning to the C-Suite

This post originally appeared as a Quora answer. The CEO will always retain final responsibility for leading the strategic planning process. But increasingly, knowledge workers throughout the organization must be aware of their company’s strategic plan if you expect them to … Read More

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Two Types of Company Goals to Set Each Quarter

It’s usually easy for leaders to identify new initiatives for a given quarter. Whether it’s launching a product or meeting an aggressive sales goal, these are the objectives that get all the attention in the organization. They’re fresh and urgent, and people … Read More

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A Goal Setting Framework for CEOs

If I’m sitting with a new CEO and I ask about the goals he’s going to set for his company next year, the response is usually something about revenue or profit. “Is that it?” I usually ask. “What about non-financial … Read More

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