Will AI spare leadership?

Will AI spare leadership? First, the good news: your new CEO is selfless and honest, has not gone power-crazy, and is not surrounded by political sycophants. Your new CEO is data hungry, reads and responds to every email within the hour, and always asks for input from...

Breathe excitement into mind-numbing work

Breathe excitement into mind-numbing work Many organizations have it all wrong. They don’t just need to motivate their people. They need to stop demotivating them. If you’ve seen the results of recent research you know the typical workplace needs a major overhaul. In...

Purpose at work

Purpose at work The why of our behaviours is a more powerful story that the how. Both philosophy and empirical research suggest that the higher our level of interpretation or construal, the more we will stick with it when the going gets hard. Think about this in the...

Make work engaging again

Make work engaging again Last week, I talked about this topic with Sarah Green Carmichael for HBR’s IdeaCast. SGC: So, no one sets out to be the kind of manager who is – whose employees do not feel alive at work. No one sets out to be a soul-sucking manager. So, how...

Engagement and being awesome on your job

Engagement and being awesome on your job I don’t know the magic formulas that consulting firms use to define ‘disengagement’. Companies like Deloitte and Gallup tell us that 70% of employees are not engaged, but I don’t know whether we need to take it with a grain of...

I wonder what my soul does all day while I am at work

I wonder what my soul does all day while I am at work I spoke with Chris Rainey, founder and host of HR Leaders Podcast, about why so many people are not alive at work and what leaders can do to increase curiosity, innovation and enthusiasm. Have a listen. ©2021 Dan...

Why people lose motivation – and what managers can do to help

Why people lose motivation – and what managers can do to help At some point, every leader has dealt with a person – or, worse, a group of people – who has lost motivation. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? As much as we’ve been there ourselves, sometimes it’s hard to...

An innovation culture

An innovation culture Want to know more about why so many companies have disengaged employees who don’t innovate or help your organisation adapt? Check out my book Alive at Work. Or just watch this video.   ©2021 Dan Cable. All rights reserved. Designed by...

The right tool for the job?

The right tool for the job? Growing up outside Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) in the 1970s, we had a 1960s era Sears circular saw around the house. I discovered the saw in the workbench in the basement as a teenager. It ran so loud it was shocking. The spinning blade was...