Motivation issues often can be traced back to supervisors who are abrasive, unhelpful or poor communicators, Kathleen Brush writes. "[T]he cure is simple: Just train managers to be motivators," Brush writes.
Managers need to mentally prepare employees for training and motivate them to participate in the process, consultant Robert Hewes writes. Explain to employees why they are being coached and offer an overview of how the process will work, Hewes writes.
Santa Monica, Calif., leaders are considering an emergency-dispatch system that would combine the police and fire departments to improve response time. Fire Chief Scott Ferguson says a combined department might be easier to coordinate, but there are concerns about differences in the way calls are dispatched for emergency medical services and police.
The Piedmont, Okla., City Council has agreed to file an injunction that would prohibit Apex Wind Energy from building a wind farm within 3 miles of the city. "We are disappointed the city is choosing to pursue legal action prior to attempting a mutually agreeable resolution," said Apex, which is proposing to construct a wind farm in Canadian and Kingfisher counties.
Bosses who still believe that being oppressive is the way to get the best productivity out of employees are from the "Neanderthal school of management," Kathleen Brush writes. Bosses need to be trained to be "powerfully positive managers" who can boost morale and productivity, she writes. "[M]ost managers underestimate the skills required to be a respected leader. This is the reason there are so many bosses making employees miserable," she writes.
The positive effects of management training fade quickly unless participants are periodically re-engaged with the material, consultant Bruce Tulgan writes. Sending short training videos to participants can work to some extent, but a better tactic may be to establish a private social network where participants can continue to discuss training material, Tulgan writes.