It’s no secret that unmotivated employees can ravage a business. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly 70 percent of employees were less than enthusiastic about (and less than committed to) their work, costing U.S. businesses between $450 and $550 billion each year. Add in one worldwide pandemic, newly remote and anxious employees, and news of daily layoffs, and leaders are left to plead, “Now what?” as employees mentally check out. Though it’s tempting to blame homebound workers and current events for cratering employee engagement, the most significant cause of demotivation—despite everything above—are the managers and leaders themselves.Read More
Like a house needs a solid foundation to weather the age of time; leaders require a solid foundation to ensure that the principles which they based their leadership upon will last beyond their years and into future generations. A solid foundation of leadership is more than about the basics but rather ensuring that the morals,…Read More
Recently, I was a guest on the Networking Rx podcast, an online broadcast that shares insights, information and experiences related to creating stronger professional relationships. I was interviewed by Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections. In this episode, Frank and I talked about on Service & Credibility.Read More
Being the boss has never been harder. Recent events in the corporate world, Hollywood and politics have focused negative attention on the kind of tough, demanding leaders who used to be valued for getting things done, labeling many as bullies and accusing them of fostering a “hostile workplace environment.” They are demeaned and called names, as society demands that they change their ways. But what if the very thing that makes them so abrasive is also their superpower?Read More
In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one’s sense of time. As leaders its important to hit our peak performance all the time, flow is one of those ways which ensures we do so.
With over 10 years of coaching experience, Matt has developed expertise in areas such as mental skills training, personal behaviour change, leadership development, high-consequence environments, and team dynamics. Upon earning his Masters of Sport & Performance Psychology at the University of Denver, Matt was a professor at Humber College for 5 years and has worked with clients in professional, athletic, and academic settings. In 2019, he founded Emergent, a High Performance consulting firm.Read More
Far too many organizations do a poor job of translating their well-formulated strategies into their anticipated results. Whether related to unclear goals, lack of accountability or undertaking activities irrelevant to results, the inability to deliver comes from poor execution. To actively manage your organization so that everyone is working toward a common vision, strategy and set of priorities requires aligning “seven gears of execution” to alleviate the friction that’s slowing you down. These involve ensuring you have the right people in the right roles with the right capabilities; you align your organizational architecture in the direction of your strategy; you promote a culture of communication; and more.Read More