Three Actions for Blue Monday

Three Actions for Blue Monday

It’s #Blue Monday – the day in the UK when the dull, grey January days really get to us; the day when the resolutions you made to change your life on New Year’s Eve don’t seem such a good idea; the day when all you seem to do is work, sleep, repeat. It’s also the day...
Procrastinating or Demotivated?

Procrastinating or Demotivated?

I listened to the Dread of Deadlines recently, on the BBC’s One to One series, where Dr Piers Steel talked about his research on procrastination. I wanted to know if we procrastinate (put things off) because we are demotivated? Or is something else going on?...
Leadership and Productivity

People and Productivity

There was a fascinating discussion this week on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about productivity. It was very refreshing to hear Paul Drechsler say that “people have a fantastic attitude to work if they are well managed, well motivated, well supported”. I agree with...
Why we Need to Go Beyond Maslow

Why we Need to Go Beyond Maslow

Every so often we need to adjust our thinking about a topic. This week an article from McKinsey popped into my inbox. It sets out – with evidence – why we need to go beyond Maslow in our theory and practice of motivation. When I talk to groups of managers about...