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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Motivating Employees by Shawn Doyle

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Begin in the Beginning

To create a work place that is energized and motivated, the company must first hire well. Hiring well is the foundation upon which a motivating environment is built. As Lou Holtz once said, “Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” If we consider the opposite of that—it is adding people who are motivated. Hiring can be the most positive or the most destructive influence on the team’s motivation. Do not underestimate the impact on the rest of the team when a poor hire is made.

I have met managers from a variety of organizations who were not skilled in interviewing and hiring. An organization is only as good as the quality of the candidates and the quality of the hiring process. If an environment ...

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