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Author: Jaime White

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Is a Carrot and a Stick the Best Way to Motivate Employees?

I’ve often thought that in order to motivate people into doing the behavior you want, the most effective way to do that is by hanging a giant carrot from a stick and say, “go for it!” However, after quite a bit of research, I am learning that is not always the case.  According to Daniel Pink and his mass amounts of social studies, a carrot and a stick works for people who push a button or turn a crank. But for people whose jobs require even a little critical thinking, a carrot and a stick not only doesn’t work but it can even impair success. So, what does motivate people when they have to use critical thought?  According to Daniel Pink, it is Autonomy (the ability to do a job when and how they like to do it), Mastery (the ability to learn how to do a job and do it well), and Purpose (Does this align with my values and what I believe in?).  So, what does this mean?  It means that people like the ability and freedom to explore ideas and find out the best ways to do it and to also do the job when they have the most energy.  They enjoy exploring those ideas and becoming the best at it and they enjoy working for a company that is bigger than itself.  They enjoy a company that is bigger than their own ego.  So, my question for you is, do you have a lot of turnover?  Are your employees...

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Your “YES” Also Means “NO”

Let’s talk about one of the hardest problems that Americans face today. What is it? Taking on a healthy approach to life.  Some people call it work/life balance. That is a farce and I’ll explain why.  Let’s begin by talking about your “yes”.  When a person says “yes” to something they are automatically saying “no” to something else.  If you say “yes” to work you are also saying “no” to family, rest time, hobbies, etc.  If you say “yes” to family, you may be saying “no” to sports, community activities, and work.  You get the gist.  Your “yes” also means “no”.  Many American’s feel like they need to do it all.  That they need to work hard, climb the ladder, make there business more profitable while also having family time, quality of life through hobbies and more.  The thing most Americans don’t realize is that they are limited human beings with only so much time in the day and only so much energy.  Sound bleak?  It shouldn’t.  It just means that we need to make choices.  I recently saw a news report on the Today Show about a business called Double Good.  They are a gourmet popcorn company.  The business owner, Tim Heitmann, said that he had a heart for charity work but could not reconcile the demands of big business with his desire to give back to children.  He made a shift in his business plan and now owns a company that believes in what they are doing and has a healthy and happy culture.  I mention this story because it is a good example of how a person...

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An Inside Look at the Beginnings of White Law Office, Co.

It was 11 years ago that my husband and I decided that he would be going to law school.  At the time we were both Christian school teachers in Lancaster, Ohio and believed that this was the right path forward.  The consequences of this decision were that we would need to move, sell a house at the beginning of the housing recession, and find a way to pay the bills while going to law school.  This was an overwhelming and monumental decision.  Truly believing that this was things to do, we made the decision to move forward with no firm plan in place.  Shortly following this decision, we found out that we were expecting a new baby.  A new reality arose.  We had always wanted one of us at home when we started our family and having a baby meant that we needed to find a way for me to stay home and for my husband to work and go to law school.  So, with a half filled out application to West Holmes High School, I decided to not continue to pursue my career. We moved in the night the 4th of July fireworks were going off in Millersburg and I came through the door in tears.  It was all new and all scary.  Instead, a new blessing arose.  We received an acceptance to Akron University and an invitation to move into the gigantic Victorian home my in-laws owned.  The plan was to try to sell our house in Lancaster, move in with my in-laws so that I could stay home with the new baby,...

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As an employer, are you communicating your expectations to your employees? Are you having honest conversations over what you need from them the first week you hire them and throughout their employment with your company? Are you setting boundaries with them about what is acceptable in your workplace and not acceptable? Have you thought enough about what those boundaries are to communicate that to new hires? ...

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Figure It Out

We have been exploring the word "mentoring" but for the purposes of this article, I would like the word "Coaching" instead. To me, mentoring implies one person, probably someone who has been doing the job for many years and is overseeing every aspect of a person's job. But coaching has another view for me. If you look at a coach or a teacher they go through a process of working with a student or team....

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