It comes down to a balancing act between the task we need to achieve and the team we need to achieve it through. If we pay too much attention to the task and not enough to the team, the task will not be achieved in the way we want it to be.
It would be great if life always went smoothly, everything according to plan, but we all know that it doesn't. How do we deal with the problems that come along?
Have you ever found that talking to other people has given you new ideas, inspired you to keep going or given you an opportunity to discuss concerns? If you're like me, the answer to that question is a definite "yes".
Obviously negative motivation can be a powerful driver to perform, such as: "If we don't get this contract the company is going under", though continual negative motivation will cause stress and tension within an organisation.
Managing people successfully requires leadership skills in addition to the practical skills of planning, organising, monitoring and evaluating the work that takes place.
Do you ever feel like you're not making much progress, or it's one step forward and two steps back? Maybe it's just me, but I have a feeling that most of us feel like that sometimes.
We all associate that phrase with the sportswear giant, Nike, but one of the reasons it's been among the most successful tag lines ever is that it's good advice.
Integrity is foundational to good management. Being who we say we are and doing what we say we will do goes a long way towards winning the trust and loyalty of those who work for us or do business with us.
The Oxford English Dictionary's primary definition of human resources is: "The personnel of a business or organisation, regarded as a significant asset in terms of skills and abilities".
No, not the football or rugby kind of goals - but we all need something to aim for and usually there will be some difficulty in achieving it, as well as great excitement when we do.