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"Appoint CEOs who are the Chief Energizing Officer." ~ Peter Kenyon

"The best way to inspire people to superior performance is to convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them."  ~ Harold Geneen

25 Lessons from Jack Welch GE (case study) Energizing Employees 12 Leadership Roles Vision, Mission, Goals Employee Empowerment Reward System Team Culture Efficiency Improvement Leading by Example Employee Empowerment Attitude Motivation Case Studies The Power of Passion Corporate Leader

12 Effective Leadership Roles

B. Empower, Inspire, and Energize People

  1. Be enthusiastic; inspire and energize people; create a positive work environment... More

Energizing Employees (Lessons from Jack Welch)

The Valley's Approach to Gain Sharing

Five Beneficial Effects

  1. It evokes entrepreneurial spirit which in turn heightens energy and pushes creativity... More

2 Creativity Catalysts




Achieving Deep Customer Focus

10 Critical Breakthroughs

By. Prof. Sandra Vandermerwe, Tanaka Business School, University of London

  • Create strategic excitement. Generate excitement about a new direction before a crisis, e.g., sagging sales, occurs. Then people will be inspired, not scared... More


What Energizes Employees

"What energizes people is the broader horizon, the excitement of new challenges and big opportunities. When their leaders offer this excitement, people come alive."1

The one-on-one relationships that individual workers have with their managers, and the trust, respect, and consideration that their managers show toward them on a daily basis are also at the core of an energized workforce. "Getting the best out of workers is above all a product of the "softer" side of management how individuals are treated, inspired, and challenged to do their best work and the support, resources, and guidance that is provided by managers to help make exceptional employee performance a reality."2

 Yin-Yang of Employee Empowerment

 Inspiring People: 4 Strategies

Treat People as the Most Valuable Asset

Organizations that treat people as their most valuable asset instead of just saying it is so obtain impressive results and are more competitive precisely because of the way they treat their people. Such companies are special places where employees enjoy coming to work, morale is strong and productivity is even stronger. In such companies, individuals bring their best thinking and ideas to the workplace on a daily basis, do what needs to be done without being told, and feel they have a significant impact in their jobs.2



Values-Based Leadership

Values-based leadership is about ideas and values. It is about understanding the different and conflicting needs of followers, energizing followers to pursue a goal than they had thought possible. "In practical business terms, it is about creating conditions under which all followers can perform independently and effectively toward a single objective."4... More

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Fire (Leadership):

Cultivate the Culture of Speed

Speed keeps businesses and people young. Speed exhilarates and energizes. It's addictive, and it's a taste you need to cultivate... More

 Case in Point  Lessons from Jack Welch

Jack Welch's goal was to make GE "the world's most competitive enterprise." He knew that the current business environment requires an energized, energizing leader: "You've got to be live action all day. And you've got to be able to energize others. Your cannot be this thoughtful, in-the-corner-office guru. You cannot be a moderate, balanced, thoughtful, careful articulator of policy. You've got to be on the lunatic fringe."6

Welch urged everybody to stretch. Stretch targets energize.  "We have found that by reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do the impossible; and even when we don't quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done."... More

Genuine leadership comes from the quality of your vision and your ability to spark others to extraordinary performance. Getting employees excited about their work is the key to being a great business leader. "We now know where productivity - real and limitless productivity comes from. It comes from challenged, empowered, excited, rewarded teams of people."3... More

 25 Lessons from Jack Welch

 Case in Point  Fidelity Investments: Practicing Kaizen

Fidelity Investments fundamentally believes that employees practice Kaizen most enthusiastically when they feel a deep sense of ownership in the work.

Fidelity fosters this feeling of ownership by dividing power in the company among small divisions (each called a company) with aggressive entrepreneurial leadership. Each of these Fidelity companies is responsible for its own management systems, its own strategies and activities and its own results.... More

 Entrepreneurial Leader: 4 Specific Attributes

10 Commandments of Innovation

Inspire your team. Inspire, empower and energize people... More




  1. "Every Business is a Growth Business", Ram Charan and Noel. M. Tichy

  2. 1001 Ways To Energize Employees, Bob Nelson

  3. Jack Welch speech to the Economic Club of New York, Detroit, May 16

  4. "Leading Change", James O'Toole