Tough times, corporate cutbacks, and wage and hiring freezes have taken a toll on employees at all levels. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your work team engaged and motivated. These five simple tips from alumna Dr. Lucia Antonia Alcántara (MPA ’98) will have you and them heading in the right direction:

Tip #1. Ask for suggestions.

Tip #2. Be visible and affable.

Tip #3. Praise publicly, criticize privately.

Tip #4. Build relationships, one-on-one as well as with the team.

Tip #5. Finally—believe it or not—know everyone’s name.
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Lucia Antonia Alcantara (MPA ’98)

About the Alumna 

Dr. Lucia Antonia Alcántara is the principal and founder of Futures Today Consulting, an international boutique firm dedicated to improving client performance in 100 days or less. She is also the author of Not Just Talk: How Social Change Agents Produce Knowledge in Cooperative Inquiry Groups (Lambert Academic Publishing)Look for upcoming tips from her in future issues of BCAM, in print and online.[/box]