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Employee Empowerment: How to Create Majorly Motivated Managers

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If you want to have a prosperous company, you’re going to need to assemble a group of self-motivated and talented managers to make your business a success. If your current team has potential it isn’t yet living up to, never fear; there are many ways you can train them to be the enthusiastic, ambitious and goal-driven leaders you seek.

Below are 6 tried and proven tips for creating majorly motivated managers who will represent your best interests and keep your business performing perfectly, even when you’re not there.

 

1. Have Clear Expectations—

Nobody can feel like they’re doing a good job at something if they don’t know what doing a good job means. Evaluations that involve job coaching rather than criticism are highly recommended to help employees achieve objectives.

Establishing clear performance expectations and allowing your managers to have input during the goal-setting process will empower them by making them feel like a part of the team.

 

2. Let Them Be a Fearless Leader—

Once clear goals and expectations for job performance have been established, let the people you’re training to be leaders do just that, and without anxiety.

The only way a bird learns to fly is by flapping its wings, so don’t make your employees fear failure with harsh consequences if goals aren’t met during the learning process. Push them out of the nest and into the big blue sky of management knowing it’s okay to fall down a few times.

 

3. Micromanagement is Demotivating—

Nothing says “I don’t think you can handle this job” like a boss who follows everyone around, constantly checking their work.

In addition to creating nervous employees who’re being judged for every step they take, micromanagement lowers morale by making adults feel like they’re being treated like children.

If you want to create a relationship based on trust and respect you have to let go of your controlling impulses and show your managers that you trust and respect them enough to perform well—even when you’re not watching.

 

4. Open Your Door and Mind—

Sometimes business owners can get so caught up in the responsibilities that come with being the boss, they can’t see the smaller things happening during day-to-day operations. But a well-trained and trusted manager can be the eyes and ears you don’t have the time to be if you let them.

Be open to managers, their concerns, and especially to any new ideas they might have about more efficient ways to run your operation. Companies evolve, making changes necessary along the way that can often boost profits.

An open mind and consideration for suggestions your employees bring to the table will empower them by making it clear you value their opinions.

 

5. Encouragement is Excellent—

Everyone likes to receive feedback and praise for a job well done, no matter how confident they may be.

Be sure to let employees and management know how much you appreciate their hard work, and give specific examples of positive performances. It may seem like a small thing to do, but a little bit of encouragement from the boss can greatly raise overall morale.

Bonuses and other financial incentive programs with clearly defined goals to be met can be huge motivators. Nothing motivates like money, so if you’re making extra because your managers are amazing, share the wealth.

 

6. Power to the People—

Once they’re trained and you’ve established trust in their abilities to lead, step back and allow managers to make important decisions on their own.

By giving them the freedom to exercise their management muscle without approval required for every little thing from the boss, you will not only empower them, you will create less work for yourself.

If there is an area in which you’d like to retain all control, simply set boundaries before granting permission to make decisions without clearance in other areas.

 

When you create an environment that allows employees to feel like they’re a valued part of something bigger than themselves, they feel empowered, work harder, and everybody wins. Use the employee empowerment tips above to create committed, progressive managers who will help make your business a thriving success.

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These Go to 11: How to Motivate Your Team to Turn Up Sales Volume

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Experiencing a sense of belonging in the workplace has been shown to create happier employees, because people will work harder and longer if they believe in what they’re doing and feel appreciated by co-workers and management.

In addition to enjoying a positive work atmosphere every day, companies that encourage unity and bonding to allow employees to feel like part of a team become primed for success… and increased sales.

Read below about 5 recommended ways to get your sales team motivated and running at full volume:

 

1. The Power of Differences—

The world isn’t made up of only one type of person, and your workplace shouldn’t be homogenous either.

To create an atmosphere conducive to team unity, it’s important to emphasize the value of diversity in your employee pool, and appreciate the large range of ideas and perspectives this blend can bring to the table.

Employ a wide variety of people with different backgrounds, cultures and life experiences, because you never know where the next great sales-boosting idea will blossom — but it will never grow out of a group of people who think exactly the same way.

 

2. The Power of Happy Home Lives—

Managers can sometimes get so wrapped up in the sales quotas and stressors of their jobs that they forget to allow employees to leave work where it belongs at the end of the day: in the office.

Employees who are forced to take the job home with them or miss important family events will become resentful and unhappy as their personal lives are pushed to the wayside for employment obligations.

By giving employees set schedules and not asking them to work random overtime hours, you will allow them to retain structure in their home lives, which can have a hugely positive effect on morale and sales.

 

3. The Power of Attainable Goals—

Setting goals is an important part of motivating your team to boost sales, but there is nothing as demotivating as unreachable quotas and no reward for consistently solid work.

When people are working as hard as they can, yet have been given unrealistic numbers or goals they can’t possibly reach, this constant failure can breed a feeling of helplessness and frustration that makes most people give up. If you can never win, what’s the point of playing the game?

Small, multiple goals are highly recommended for motivating employees, with smaller but more frequent rewards. But if your company is driven by sales quotas and investors looking for constant sales volume growth, be sure to set attainable larger goals for your people.

 

4. The Power of Praise—

It’s surprising to realize just how much a tiny bit of validation can boost morale and make a team member feel appreciated who might have been feeling insecure about their role.

Taking the time to get to know the people around you and asking follow-up questions about the details they’ve shared with you will also make co-workers feel cared for and more comfortable.

A kind word or compliment for a job well done can creative cohesiveness and loyalty among employees, letting people feel like an effective part of a group.

 

5. The Power of Positive Leadership—

A management style featuring mutual respect and confidence in employees will keep people on your team working hard for you and focused on achieving goals.

Overbearing, negative leaders who treat their workers poorly rather than leading by positive example don’t motivate anyone to work harder, instead creating a distrustful, unsettling environment.

Set clear expectations for employees, consistently reward or praise them when they meet goals, and remember; it’s always nicer to be asked rather than told what to do.

 

Research has shown that sales teams with good co-worker relationships and a constructive, stress-free workplace do better at their jobs, ultimately making more money for employers. By creating a sense of community and letting employees know how much you appreciate them, you can raise morale – and sales – to record-breaking new levels.

Major Motivation: 10 Top Tips to Stick to an Exercise Routine

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If you talk to many gym owners, they’ll tell you all about the surge of new members who join in January—and how the majority of them are gone by March. Many people start out a new year determined to get in shape, don’t get instant results, and give up. But if you want to see results from any exercise regimen, you have to stick with it.

Fortunately for anyone who’s having trouble staying on schedule, there are many things everyone can do to avoid the hopeless “What’s the point?” feeling that can come from not experiencing immediate physical progress.

Below are 10 top tips fitness experts recommend to help workout newbies stay focused on an exercise routine until they start to see results:

 

1. Dress the Part—

If you don’t have to go to work, or work somewhere that allows sporty attire, put on your workout clothes when you get dressed in the morning.

By being ready whenever the motivation hits you, you’ll be more likely to hop in the car and head for the gym, hit the streets for your daily run, or pop in that exercise DVD and get going.

If you work in an office setting and have to exercise after work, keep your gym bag and athletic clothes packed and ready to go by the door where you’ll be sure to grab them on the way out.

 

2. Become a Morning Person—

As the day wears on, we naturally lose energy, and this can lead to a loss of motivation as well. By working out first thing in the morning, you can make sure exercise happens no matter how exhausting your day may become later.

Many people also find that starting the day with exercise energizes their body and wakes up their brain, allowing them to function more efficiently at work.

 

3. Make Exercise a Priority—

Without our health, nothing else in life goes as well as it should, making it the number one priority. Many people categorize daily workouts as an expendable luxury, when really, daily exercise should be at the top of the list.

Make it clear to family, friends and employers that exercise is an important part of your life schedule, and then make it so.

 

4. Find Something Fun—

Many people, upon hearing that a certain type of workout is best will force themselves to participate in a completely unenjoyable activity. If this scenario sounds familiar, it might be the source of your exercise routine sabotage.

But moving your body regularly should make you feel better, rather than miserable because you loathe what you’re doing. So find an exercise you enjoy, because you’ll be much more likely to stay the course if you don’t dread it.

 

5. Let Go of All Expectations—

Expectations only set us up for disappointment, and disappointment leads to demotivation, so try not to set extreme fitness goals. Most experts recommend short, easily attainable goals instead allow those trying to get in shape little victories that keep them going.

Make sure your physical goals are attainable. For example, trying to recreate the same physique one had pre-baby is a common fitness goal, yet not realistic, as pregnancy is extremely hard on women’s bodies and can permanently change them.

If you can create a new reality for yourself, you’ll be less likely to become discouraged when the impossible doesn’t happen.

 

6. Focus on your Health—

It’s important to remember why you’re ultimately exercising: because you want to be healthy and feel better. We can sometimes get caught up in the vanity-related aspects of exercise, which can make it very disappointing when we see little progress in these areas.

Instead of getting bummed out because you haven’t yet gone down a size, focus on how much stronger your muscles feel, how you’re building bone density, and lessening your chances for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure every time you exercise.

You may not be able to gauge the results of your hard work visually, but every time you work out, you’re becoming healthier.

 

7. Write It Down—

Schedule your exercise in a daily planner and hold yourself to these sessions as you would any other appointment. Not only will this remind you to find the time to work out every day, it will help hold you accountable to your regimen.

 

8. Reward Yourself—

Positive reinforcement works, and by rewarding yourself for your accomplishment, you’ll be more inclined to keep doing it.

For some, this reward may be in the form of a new shirt or pair of shoes after so many workouts, for others, something as simple as a sticker on the calendar may motivate. Just remember to pat yourself on the back in some form or another to stay motivated.

 

9. Cardio Diversions Can Help—

If your gym offers mini-televisions with cardio equipment, take advantage of this by bringing headphones to plug in. Watching an entertaining show can take your mind off the exercise and make it seem to go by faster.

Headphones with your favorite music blasting or reading a book on your electronic device are other great ways to make cardio time more bearable.

 

10. Start Slow—

No matter what form of exercise you decide to do in your workout routine, start slow and gently increase the intensity over weeks.

Many people make the mistake of starting off too fast, only to injure themselves or become burned out, both of which can derail the best-laid fitness plan.

 

If your New Year’s resolution was to get fit and you’re starting to slack off or feel demotivated, use the 10 tips above to get your workout program back on track so you can achieve your goals, be a success story, and feel great.

Jogging Rejuvenation: 7 Tips to Make the Run Feel More Fun

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As with any type of workout, running can eventually become humdrum, making a once-invigorating activity feel like a drag. The same route, the same pace, the same time, etcetera… and pretty soon there’s nothing exhilarating left to the exercise you used to love.

But there are plenty of ways to pull ourselves out of this running rut and put the joy back into the jog. By switching things up, finding new motivation, and looking at this excellent exercise in a different way, we can breathe new life into a running regimen that’s gone stale.

Below are 7 tips recommended by regular runners to rejuvenate your run:

 

1. Blaze a New Trail—

Most runners have a set route because they’ve measured the distance and know it meets the requirements for adequate exercise or caloric burn.

But what if you stop thinking about running as your daily workout, and remember the excitement you felt when you first discovered the path you now know by heart? Wasn’t it exciting to see the sights for the first time?

You can have that again simply by changing to a different route, or even switching to trail running if you’re usually a city-slicker. Consider a new neighborhood, or even mixing it up by driving to a nature trail and running on a non-cement (and more knee-friendly) dirt or grass surface.

 

2. Howdy, Partner—

If you’ve always been a lone runner, joining a running club can open up your social circle, help motivate with group accountability, and spice up the exercise experience with interesting conversations.

Running clubs are a great way to make friends with healthy, like-minded people who might also be able to teach you about new areas or trails you hadn’t yet heard about in your area.

 

3. The End of the Rainbow—

Speaking of socializing, many pals find that running with a specific destination in mind at the end of the run, such as brunch, lunch or an afternoon cocktail/coffee break can majorly motivate both parties to propel toward the prize.

To try this, pick an informal meeting place, such as a restaurant or bar located midway between you and your friend, and set a time to meet for a treat.

By ending running time with entertainment, food or libations, you can create a positive association that makes you look forward to the entire exercise—and eliminate guilt over the calories consumed once you get there.

 

4. The Early Bird Catches the Motivation—

Studies have shown that exercising early can help the brain perform better and increase energy for the rest of the day.

Many find that something about getting the blood circulating and the whole system up and running seems to set the pace for high productivity.

If you’re a night owl, try getting to bed early on the night before your next run, wake up with the sun, and see how it feels to be an early bird. You may be pleasantly surprised by the extra energy you experience.

 

5. Make It Musical—

If you run in silence, consider adding music to your routine. Music can inspire us and brighten our day with lyrics that encourage, and melodies that enhance the exercise experience with aural energy.

Consider making a special playlist of songs that push you or challenge you, make you remember how strong you are, or simply choose tunes with a good beat to keep your pace moving steadily forward.

More of an NPR in the car kind of person? Listen to interesting podcasts or audio books while you move it.

 

6. Set a Schedule—

If running is something you half-heartedly do when you can squeak it into your week, consider upping the ante and putting on the books.

By setting up appointments in your daily planner for your run, you will elevate it to a new status in your life which can give it a feeling of importance that may motivate you to stick with it or enjoy it more. Because now you’re not just an occasional runner: you’re the real deal.

 

7. Be a Running Writer—

If you’re having trouble getting into your runs, keeping a diary or journal to record your distance and times can give you a tangible way to track your progress and feel good about it.

Starting a blog is another way to talk about running and reach out to other runners who may be experiencing the same blahs you’re going through. Sometimes knowing you’re not the only one feeling a certain way can get you through a rough patch.

 

No matter how bored you’ve become with your running routine, don’t give up. It’s normal to occasionally lose interest in an exercise regimen, but if you hang in there and use some of the motivational tips listed above, you can definitely put the fun back into your run!