motivating employees and building a great culture

Defining The Criteria for Recognizing Others

At David Novak Leadership, we talk a lot about leadership principles. And recognition is one we highlight frequently because we know recognition is a leader’s secret weapon for motivating employees and building a great culture. Everyone wants to feel appreciated …

The Biggest Leadership Mistake You Can Make

What comes to mind when you hear the words leadership mistake? Maybe you thought of a bad decision by an executive that costs the company millions of dollars. Or perhaps you thought of a poor personnel decision that has caused …

Wipe Out "Not Invented Here"

I can’t use your idea because “it’s not invented here.” While you may not use those exact words, I wonder if you’ve ever ignored an idea because it wasn’t your own. The phrase “not invented here” refers to an unwillingness …

How Great Leaders Champion Big Ideas

One of the characteristics of a great leader is they reach beyond the status quo and champion big ideas. This can be difficult because many organizations are risk adverse and opt for the easiest, safest way …

How to Avoid the Leadership Learning Trap

If you have been around leadership circles for very long, you’ve likely heard the term “avid learner”. Being an avid learner means you are deliberate about gaining new insights to become better at what you do. …

Three Steps to Increase Employee Engagement

By: David Novak, Co-Founder & CEO of David Novak Leadership It’s impossible. I can’t do that. The reason I missed my deadline is because… As a leader, do you get these types of excuses from those on your team? I …

Being Positive Helps Us Focus on the Future

By: David Novak, Co-Founder & CEO of David Novak Leadership I have said so many times in my life, “Positive energy lifts you up. Negative energy brings you down.” It’s important for us to get rid of the negative energy …