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Ideas to ignite your personal, team and company performance

Welcome to the Evolving Strategies monthly newsletter providing you with ideas to ignite personal, team and company performance during change. Evolving Strategies is a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, change and lead. Have a topic or challenge you'd like to see addressed? Email us. Thank you - Sandy

Leaders,
 
We have passed the quarter mark. By now you are probably turning your company and team goals into actionable objectives for each of your team members. But, are you sidestepping their desires and self-worth in the process? How can we satisfy each member's differing Needs and Values (another interacting dimension of the Burke Litwin Model of Organizational Performance and Change) for the synergy of collective gains. Read our weekly blogs in April for more ideas.
 
Our themed blogging series in March addressed the Motivation dimension of the model. We are delighted to see your continued interest in our blogs and thank you for retweeting and sharing our articles and advice across social platforms.
 
Enjoy,

What Real Change Leaders Know: There's No "I" in Team, But There is a Me (by Sandra Schwan)

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The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. – Phil Jackson.


 
We all go to work to have some of our personal needs met. This is true even in teamwork. How can we build a team of committed and passionate individuals whose personal needs coincide with the team's goals? Sandra shows you how the Gallup Engagement relates to your members' needs and values. Use them in your team conversations.    more
Last Month's Recap: Motivation

We may know where we need to bridge the performance gap. But it's quite another thing to find the energy and drive to take those necessary actions toward the achievable goal. Also, how do you make what is perceived as undesirable, achievable, even desirable?

At our very core, we need Motivation to fuel that persistence. In March, our writers share their experiences, insights, and research on the sources that motivate their team members to build his/her momentum: external influencers (leaders), the intrinsic needs and social support (based on neuroscience), the stronger non-financial motivators (compared to financials), as well as organizational engagement.

[External] Leaders, We are a Critical and Guiding Source of Motivation (by Stephen Kreipe)

 
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him, in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.Walter Lippman.
As a leader, how can you effectively motivate your members to arrive at difficult destinations and attain unimaginable heights? Don't rely on administrative tools behind a desk. Steve underlines key techniques to engage, focus and value those entrusted to your leadership – seize the opportunity to let them know you are with them!    more
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[Social] Warming up to Motivation During Change (by Allison Youngblood)


We’re all capable of a little more – a little faster, a little higher, a little stronger, a little more. Just Do It. - Nike, 2013.
We are all capable of achieving more. But what are the facets that influence our motivation to achieve more? Allison contrasts the traditional understanding of motivation with new research on neurosciences. Adopt these steps that would impact the social factors to increase motivation for your team.    more
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[Non-financial] Retaining Talent in Times of change: Why Money isn't Always the Answer (by Peggy Troyer)


Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.– George Halas
What would you offer to retain your top talents? Better bonuses or benefits? Peggy highlights a string of articles and research that illuminated the greater importance of non-financial motivators. Read how she would motivate her staff by building and strengthening their organizational identity, emotional attachment and sense of duty.   more
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[Corporation] Engagement: A Top-Down Approach (by Karen Bonsignore)


Engagement may have been optional in the past, but it's pretty much the whole game today.– Gary Hamel
What contributes to disengagement? How is engagement different to motivation? Karen shares why building an engaged workforce is the leader's responsibility, and what leaders can do to build and sustain engagement among workers.    more
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About Sandy Schwan:
Sandy is the managing partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, change and lead. 
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How can you use your past experiences in navigating change to rank in the elite 30% of companies whose key change initiatives meet planned objectivs? The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) Corporate Education invites you to its next Executive Briefing featuring adjunct faculty member, Sandy Schwan. Space is limited so please RSVP by Friday, April 11, 2014 to Veronica Blanco at 972-883-5916 or veronica.blanco@utdallas.edu. Follow this link for more event details.

 
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