Motivational Techniques

Gary Brose, owner of over a dozen small businesses during the last 30 years, shares his insights on how to create a motivated, inspired and engaged workforce. Each video is a brief 2-3 minutes of practical hands-on advice on dealing with general business issues as well as micro business topics. Subscribe today and receive a new video or two every week.

Giving a Compliment: Published on Sep 19, 2013


Are you good at giving compliments to your employees? Giving a good compliment is a bit of an art form. There is a science to it. Gary Brose has broken it down into four distinct parts so that when you choose to give a compliment to an employee for a job well done, you can do it right and gain the maximum value out of it. Not only can you succeed at making the employee feel good about their performance but you can educate them and others about why it is important to do well. Giving a great compliment is a key component to motivating and engaging your workforce.

The Importance of Follow-Up: Published on Sep 25, 2013

Following up when you say you will is a key to gaining credibility and cooperation from your employees and a huge step towards building a company with fully engaged employees.


Providing Employee Feedback: Published on Sep 30, 2013

Giving consistent quality feedback to employees is a critical key to success. Gary Brose discusses the importance of feedback and how you, as a manager, can do better at it. When feedback is given in a timely and consistent fashion it can generate much more excitement and positive emotions for the employee. Creating a bonus that the employee can earn during each month or pay period is an excellent way to give feedback because it comes in meaningful form – a paycheck. You, as manager, get a Profit and Loss Statement as your feedback – what do you give your employees?

Reducing the Fear of Failure: Published on Oct 3, 2013

Is your workforce so fearful of failing that they rarely take appropriate risks? Is your company not pushing the envelope? If so, it is because you have failed to create an atmosphere that encourages bold attempts and new initiatives. As manager, you need to make sure that the penalty for failing is not so great that it inhibits the will to try. Reduce the fear of failure and encourage bolder management.

Catch Someone Doing Something Right: Published on Oct 15, 2013

An incredibly simple but very powerful motivation technique all managers can employ is to ‘catch someone doing something right’. A phrase made famous by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, it reminds managers to spend more time praising correct actions than correcting wrong ones. It is always much more motivating to give praise than hand out criticism.

Powerful Business Manners: Published on Nov. 8, 2013

My Mom was tough. She was a stickler for good manners and she drilled one lesson into me that affects me still today. Tune in and see what business owner Gary Brose learned that has helped him build a more motivated workforce. And then ask yourself: How do you interact with your employees? Do you do the one thing that means so much to people but only takes you one second and costs nothing?

Being Perceived as a Positive Manager: Published on Nov. 13, 2013

Are you a positive manager? Are you perceived that way? Learn what studies have shown to be the proper minimum ratio of positive interactions to negative ones. If you aren’t doing it right, you may be perceived differently than you think.

Lazy Manager’s Way to Motivate: Published on Nov. 19, 2013

How would you like to be able to motivate employees without doing a thing? Sound good. You can and every manager can but few choose to do so. Gary’s got a five part series on one simple technique that truly motivates, costs nothing and requires almost no effort. Are you doing it already?

Lazy Manager’s Way to Motivate – Part 2: Published on Nov. 20, 2013

The best CEO’s are great listeners. Are you? Gary discusses several easy tricks for how to listen better (or at least look like you are listening, you slacker!). Watch closely and hear what Fran Drescher said that applies to all of us.

Lazy Manager’s Way to Motivate – Part 3: Published on Nov. 22, 2013

Step 3 in good listening. Just listening well is important but knowing what to do afterwards is where you start scoring all the points with the employee.

Lazy Manager’s Way to Motivate – Part 4: Published on Nov. 25, 2013

Step 4 in the good listening process. Are you capitalizing on an opportunity to build trust?

Lazy Manager’s Way to Motivate – Part 5: Published on Nov. 27, 2013

This is the last segment, Part 5, of the Lazy Managers super easy way to motivate employees. When all the talking is done and all the decisions are made, do you remember to always take the final step? It’s a must for creating that motivated workforce!

Creativity on the Job: Published on Dec. 3, 2013

The Seattle Seahawks are winning big right now. Gary analyzes one technique that Coach Pete Carroll is using that makes a difference. Is this something you do?

The Power of Respect: Published on Dec. 5, 2013

Do you respect your employees? Does it matter? Find out here.

Grandma’s Business Lesson: Published on Dec. 10, 2013

At age 11, Gary learned one business lesson he will take to his grave. And it was his Grandma who taught it to him.

Motivation thru Fear: Published on Feb. 20, 2014

In a classic example of how to fail at motivation, PayPal’s President David Marcus threatened employees with their jobs. Garth, Gary’s evil twin loves this and he tells you why.

Baseball Management: Published on April 16th, 2014

Gary discusses the managing style of the Seattle Mariners new Manager, Lloyd McClendon, and how it seems to be working.

Tom Peters Motivation Tip: Published on April 23, 2014

Tom Peters has a lot to say about how to motivate employees and Gary shares some of his ideas in this video.

Outstanding Customer Service: Published on May 7, 2014

Gary relates a story from a Tom Peters book about how one employee can make a huge difference by delivering outstanding customer service.