Whispers, Facebook, and Motivation?

Disengaged Team

Smack in the middle of your team-building outing you’ve been planning for your team for weeks (and worked your butt off to get funding for from your boss) you see Sally whipping out her cell phone and hitting the ‘FaceBook’ icon.

You look around the room and see Travis yawning, Dan whispering to his pod-mate, and Chris smirking.


One of the worst feelings is when you can tell that someone you are around is bored. And when you can tell your team is bored? Even more painful.

Now what?

This week we have Coach Rich Grenhart, Psy.D. with us to tackle this challenging issue.

Dr. Rich, I have a disengaged team, what is one tip you would give to motivate them?

RichDiagnose before you act!

Do not assume you understand the root of your team’s disengagement.

Speak individually to each team member to get a clear understanding of what underlies the lack of team motivation.

Use this information to craft a strategic intervention.

Connecting with each team member, individually, will give you extra insight into why each person is dis-engaged and how this is affecting you team as a whole.

Why are you a manager?

Why are you a manager?

Let’s think back for a minute… why did you become a manager?


  • Have more responsibility
  • Make decisions that affect a Team
  • Lead people
  • Care about or see someone else succeed

Sometimes, life and responsibility take over and the reason we originally started gets lost in the shuffle.

In the midst of life, it’s hard to refocus and be inspiring to others. And, sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start.

But a great leader can’t be a leader without their team.

For the next couple of weeks we will be hearing from some of our Coaches on their fabulous suggestions on how to motivate different types of teams!

Sometimes, starting out simple is the best way to start. So, this week we suggest to pay close attention to each of your team members and encourage one success that each one accomplishes!

How Are Your Goals Coming?

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 6.58.30 AMIt is almost the end of the first quarter of 2015! Can you believe it?!

This year is flying by.

In the busyness of work and life, it can be so easy to forget about some of the things that are most important because of all the things that come up each day.

If you are where I am, you haven’t made quite as much headway as you were hoping to on your goals for this year. Now what? Throw in the towel?


We recommend:

  • Pull out (or find) that piece of paper with your goals for this year
  • Choose one part of one of the goals that you can accomplish in the next two weeks
  • Keep this at the top of your mind for the next two weeks
    • Write it on a sticky note on your desk
    • Set reminders in your phone
    • Ask someone to ask you how it’s going

And, let us know what you accomplish!

Snap Out of It!

Spring PictureI’m not sure how it is for you but for me, just before I go outside, I have this anticipation that when I step out the door it will be… Warm and sunny and I’ll hear the birds chirping and see flowers getting ready to bloom…

But, then I step outside and see old snow that has been frozen and partially thawed and then refrozen again. And, boy does that make it feel like life is monotonous (will winter ever END?!).

During this time of the year, it’s easy for work to feel tiresome, too. There’s a lot of hype and excitement at the beginning of the new year about company and personal goals – but a couple of months in, we can so easily fall back into old rhythm.

This week, we’ve got a couple of tips on how to break out of the day-to-day mundane:

  • Reflect back on the year:
    • Take 5 minutes to look at everything you have already accomplished this year! Surprising right? Sometimes we get so caught up in what we have to do that we forget to look at what we’ve already done.
  • Think about your week:
    • Choose one goal to accomplish for the week and one way your going to celebrate once you’ve done it. There’s no harm in celebrating all the hard work you are doing!
  • Think about the people you work around:
    • Choose one person who you want to have a meaningful conversation with this week. Moving from focusing on yourself to thinking about others is a great way to add a little more purpose to your day.

Try these tips out! Have any suggestions on other ways you break out of the mundane?