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Time to retire the carrot and stick

School teachers and administrators are cheating to gin up the scores of their students on standardized tests.  So reported the New York Times last week.

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Sustaining the Motivation to Excel

I got pushback yesterday on a presentation I did on motivation.  I was challenging sacred cows, and a number of the business people present didn’t like it.

My central message:  (more…)

How Hard Do You Push?

How hard should a leader challenge others to perform or to change?

It’s one of the most intriguing questions about leadership.

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