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Avoid the Motivation Trap: How Leaders Can Effectively Motivate Their Followers
Stephen R. Balzac, Leadership Development Expert Stephen R. Balzac, Leadership Development Expert
Stow , MA
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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Avoid the Motivation Trap: How Leaders Can Effectively Motivate Their Followers

"There is no such thing as an unmotivated employee," according to leadership expert Stephen Balzac, president of management consulting firm 7 Steps Ahead and author of The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development. "The problem is that they may not be motivated to do what we want them to do."

The problem with motivating employees is that most employers are in the back pushing or they are trying to drag their teams forward. When the employers stop pushing or pulling, the employees stop moving. If you want to motivate your employees successfully, you need to get them excited and then get out of their way.

"That's hardly a radical idea," observes Balzac. "However, despite the number of people who will tell you that's what you should do, hardly anyone tells you how to do it."

In a recent webinar sponsored by ERE Media, Balzac does just that. Based on material in his book, Balzac identified seven powerful motivational techniques employers can start using immediately.

"Motivation isn't rocket science," commented Balzac. "It requires steady, solid effort. If you do that, you get results. There are no magic bullets."

If you want to keep your employees motivated, Balzac's suggestions are an extremely effective way to go about it. Not only do they get results, they require considerably less effort than most employers are already expending for very little result.

"Effective motivation is like watching a 75 year old judo master effortlessly throwing all comers," Balzac commented with a laugh. "It looks like magic, but once you understand the principles it's easy."

Balzac's webinar is available online at http://www.ere.net/webinars/its-a-marathon-seven-techniques-for-increasing-motivation/

If you would like more information on how to increase motivation in your company, please contact 7 Steps Ahead or view our extensive library of free articles.

About Steve Balzac

Stephen R. Balzac, "The Business Sensei," is an author, consultant, and professional speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in helping businesses get unstuck and turn problems into opportunities.

Steve's background in engineering, management, psychology, martial arts, and competitive sports makes him a popular speaker on topics ranging from leadership, motivation, team building, interviewing skills, and sport performance to computer game design. He was a guest lecturer at MIT and WPI. His articles have appeared in a number of journals, including The Journal of Interactive Drama, The IBM Systems Journal, Mass High Tech, Enterprise Management Quarterly, The CEO Refresher, The Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, Analog SF/F and the Worcester Business Journal.

A recognized thought leader, Steve regularly conducts webinars through ExecSense on topics including, "How to Become an Expert Negotiator as a CEO," "The Best Ways to Position Yourself for Your Company's Management Team," "What You Would Learn From Reading the Top Ten Business Books of All Time and How To Apply the Concepts Today." Steve is a contributing author to Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values Through Play and the author of the 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development published by McGraw-Hill. He is a frequent guest on radio shows including Motivational Minds and Leadership Radio, and is frequently quoted in a variety of publications including IndustryWeek Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Boston Business Journal.

He also holds an appointment as an adjunct professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

For further information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Stephen R. Balzac
7 Steps Ahead, LLC
Stow, MA