How to Motivate People When Pay is Off the Table

An interesting theme ran through several conversations I had over the past few weeks. People are frustrated in volunteer roles. Non-profit leaders can't figure out how to engage volunteers. They want to know how to motivate people, which can be especially tricky in situations where pay isn't involved. In this case, for volunteers. Interestingly, the frustrated volunteers were exactly the type of people the other group was looking for. After spending a significant amount of time in the non-profit sector and working with military reservists and…

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Why I think “#BellLetsTalk” is missing an important point about Mental Health

You may have seen memes of a lion or battle-hardened soldier with the words ‘The Problem With Being Strong Is That Nobody Bothers to Ask.’ I’ve asked I’ve talked. I’ve tried. But it seemed that nobody listened. It seemed that nobody wanted to hear.   I am a big man; I’ve lived a great life, and I come across as hard and strong. I’ve led soldiers and emergency responders and been hugely successful. Yet I have failed. Failed in relationships, struggled in business and made moral mistakes…

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5 Steps You Can Use To Build a “First Team” Mindset

Credit to: Patrick Lencioni & The Table Group for the “First Team” concept, Jason Wong of https://www.attack-gecko.net/ and  Dalmau Consulting for the image I loved my job. I was part of a powerful and effective executive team to whom I was loyal. I had no problem identifying that they were the team I was personally responsible for and accountable for. They were my ‘First Team.’ I had built my team into a great team. People took on some of the most complex projects you could imagine…

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