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The CEO of MarkTwo Consulting, Mark Oliver, has written several published thought leadership articles providing practical insights into the key issue of human motivation and how to translate some timeless wisdom to the modern workplace.

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When it comes to staff meetings, you might notice that certain people are consistently quieter than others and rarely speak up. Their silence can be misconstrued as a lack of interest.

According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2021 report, global employee engagement decreased by 2 percentage points from 2019 to 2020, and employees reported higher worry, stress, anger, and sadness in 2020 than they had in the previous year.

Socrates is famous for saying; "The unexamined life is not worth living." People are the biggest driving force on Earth for good or evil - hadn't we better know what makes us tick?

Our personality model suggests that for any group of humans to be successful over a long period of time, there needs to be at least 8 types of personality, with each being more advantageous in different situations.  

Command-and-control managers get frustrated because they believe that motivating employees demands a lot of effort. Being a leader and exerting authority aren’t the same thing.

It would be a shame if good leadership meant we had to be charismatic, as charisma is not very trainable. If charisma was a significant component of leadership, much of the money put to leadership training would be wasted.

Have you heard the saying often used in recruitment circles: “You join a company, but you leave a boss”?

If you are feeling at a loss to relate to your relatives and friends, and instead want to be more completely understood so that you can live more in harmony.

Seldom do you hear about an organisation that is uninterested in better performance for the business. But if you want significant improvements, you must develop the leadership of managers as well as the systems and structures of organisations before you spend time and money training team members in any other technical or behavioural skills.

If someone has the capability but not the motivation to do something required to perform, then the necessary behaviour is very unlikely to arise and they will not perform; similarly, if someone has the motivation but not the capability.

A major factor in answering this question is how stable the organisation is. The higher the rate of change in your organisation or industry then the more complex it usually is to get the right people in the right place at the right time.