Living Dangerously

Living dangerously can be viewed in both positive and negative ways. You don’t want to put yourself deliberately in danger, agreed. However, sometimes you can perceive risk as danger and, in doing so, hold yourself back. Understanding that there may be some danger in taking a career risk is a way to get started. When you acknowledge the presence of danger you can plan for it and prepare yourself, in the event things go wrong.

Total safety is an illusion. The presence of a little danger can mean that by taking a risk you can reap a big reward. Allow yourself to live a bit dangerously as you propel your career forward. It will bring you adventure, knowledge, courage and, many times, good results.


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Motivation Is An Inside Job

Motivating yourself and your team is a huge part of managing. Often, organizations offer uniform rewards, incentives or money as motivators for a job well done. That works some of the time. But the key factor here is that sustained motivation comes from within.

How does that affect your role as a manager? One thing it does is to cause you to look at your and your team’s intrinsic motivations. What motivates you? Do you know what motivates your team members?

It is worth the effort to find ways to motivate each team member individually and to know what drives your and their performance. There is no reason for organizations to look at incentives as “one size fits all”. Motivation is an inside job and the best and most productive organizations know this.

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