Impact thinking

155: How to Inspire Lifetime Loyalty | with Lee Caraher

by Monica Harrison on April 15, 2017

As millions of millennials and the even younger GenZers come into the workforce with very different expectations and definitions of loyalty, companies need to shift to make the most of those workers’ energy, skill sets, and incredible potential. Those companies that shift now for the long game of allegiance will have a strategic talent and efficiency advantage over those that don’t. [click to continue…]


newtons cradle silver balls conceptEvery organizational leader can learn a lesson from the science behind employee gamification, which is the use of game-inspired tactics to engage employees.

As with any initiative a leader undertakes, the purpose of gamification is implemented to create some sort of change or progress. For example, the primary objective may be:

  • Increase employee referrals for external recruiting candidates
  • Increase participation in training programs
  • Improve employee health to increase productivity and reduce the cost of health care benefits
  • Improve employee collaboration and information-sharing
  • Increase employee contributions to their 401(k) and improve their investment diversification

When planning gamification or any other strategy for engaging employees and influencing behaviors, the most important key is to target the right motivators: the drives that make people want to engage and that stimulate the right thoughts and actions to accomplish your objectives. [click to continue…]


The 3 Gifts They Want Most (But Will Never Ask): The Science Behind Subconscious Needs

December 18, 2013

In the 1930s, Harvard psychology professor Henry Murray analyzed the motivations of people. Rather than directly asking people what motivated them, he developed an exercise (still widely taught and used today) to identify their subconscious thought patterns. Murray identified over 300 human needs. In the 1940s, these needs were organized and prioritized by psychologist Abraham […]

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The New Skills of Influence 3.0: Do you have what it takes to succeed today?

November 6, 2013

Managers and leaders get others to do what is needed. Engagers create conditions that energize everyone to achieve a shared purpose. Managers and leaders work as the hub of a wheel. Engagers work as the rim of a wheel. Managers and leaders see themselves as the magic. Engagers see the team as the magic. The […]

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Flexible Thinking: New Research on How Great Leaders Inspire Better Decisions

August 23, 2013

In the past, leaders who made fast decisions inspired confidence and often produced excellent results. In today’s more complex, rapidly changing environment, great leaders use and encourage a different skill that I call “flexible thinking.” New research from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business confirms the importance of flexible thinking, one of the five […]

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030: Why Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Isn’t Enough for Superior Leadership | with David Burnham

March 28, 2013

David Burnham has been a researcher for over 40 years on superior leadership in industry, academia, and governments around the world. He was one of the first thought leaders who called for a new style of leadership, including the necessity of emotional intelligence (EQ). The rest of the world eventually picked up the message about […]

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Impact Thinking: Will Your Leadership Make a Difference?

January 2, 2013

As I’ve shared before, the most powerful mindset for a leader is an impact orientation – being motivated primarily to make a difference in people’s lives. This is in contrast to an achievement orientation (focused on getting tasks done or beating the competition) or affiliation orientation (focused on being liked and accepted by people). Leadership […]

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