How Motivated People Lead

Learning how motivated people lead can be a key turning point in your life and career. When leaders in any department, organization, office or group are motivated, that motivation and inspiration can play an incredibly important role in boosting the success for the entire staff.

For employees, there is almost nothing that can be more influential and impactful than a motivated leader that brings very positive experience to each employee/’s life. This inspiration and motivation helps to improve employee self-esteem, productivity and ultimately improves your bottom line. Through specific strategies, the leaders can delegate authority, support initiatives, and creativity, and develop a true sense of team and personal contribution in the workplace. As employees feel empowered they become more internally motivated to succeed, which is a positive and sustainable way for you, your employees and your organization to continue to grow, develop and experience success.

Motivated leaders use several different techniques to develop a culture of teamwork, success, and inspiration. They also use their personal ability to communicate with others to continue to motivate.

Leaders Recognize Positivity and EffortSuccess-is-Dependent-on-Effort

Identifying the outcome is easy, that is often done as a quantitative type of reward system. Recognizing individual effort and change may be more of a challenge. A leader needs to see improvements and understand that recognizing and acknowledging steps in making changes is essential to keep people motivated. Change is not easy for everyone, but when efforts to change are acknowledged, it builds in motivation.

Leaders Making Time for Every Individual

lost-and-found-indvidualA business, department, group or organization is a whole, but it is the people that make up the whole that are the essential elements of success.  An effective leader will take the time to get to know what motivates, drives and inspires each employee. This allows the team leader to connect with individuals in a meaningful and relevant way.

Leaders Stay Humble & Develop a Sense of Personal Importance.

stay-humble-quoteIt can be easy for an employee to lose sight of the important role he or she plays in your business. Top leaders always focus on team “wins” while also highlighting the important contributions each individual makes in that success.

When people understand what they do is valued, relevant and contributes to the betterment of the organization and people within it, they are motivated to do their best. They are also more likely to look for ways to become more effective and efficient, which can lead to creative ways to grow and develop for both the person and the team.

Leadership provides opportunities to motivate, inspire and open up a business or organization with growth potential. When you discuss the fundamentals of how motivated people learn you can see that the process is clear-cut, however, implementing the process and sticking with it as if it were a habit is the tough part. Learn how to develop and Adopt Succesful Habits in Order to Succeed.


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Top 5 Motivational Quotes by Pitbull

Top 5 Motivational Quotes by Pitbull


Pitbull, also known by “Mr. Worldwide” is an extremely talented music artist. He has worked with countless famous musicians throughout his seemingly ever-expanding career including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Lil John and many others. Outside of music he has been on T.V. shows, in films, and even featured in video games. Pitbull certainly knows how to keep himself motivated, focused and humble. Here are the top 5 motivational quotes by Pitbull of all time to help you keep your motivational juices flowing, enjoy!

  1. “I’m taking all the negatives in my life, and turning them into a positive.”

  2. “If you continue to work hard, let that be the fuel to your fire.”

  3. “When I get in the studio the idea is just to work and bang out as many as I can.”

  4. “I don’t understand the word lose, I only understand the word learn.”

  5. “Life is to live it, not to let it live you.”



Here are some more motivational quotes to keep you going.


Doug Dvorak,

Motivational Speaker


Give More to Get More with Your Customers

I was traveling recently in Chicago and had the great occasion to have dinner with my cousin, whom I had not seen in a long while. She asked if I was up for Chinese, and I said sure! She recommended that we try New Star in Elmwood Park Illinois.  She mentioned that she used to eat here while she was in college. I’m always up for a new culinary experience.  Good thing I said yes! We walked in and every table but 2 were occupied. Nothing speaks better about the quality of a restaurant and their food than a full restaurant.


The friendly hostess greeted us and seated us quickly and within 60 seconds our smiling and enthusiastic waiter Ray introduced himself with a huge smile and immediately served up a hot towel for us to refresh ourselves.  I have eaten in many fine restaurants, but the guest experience at New Star was beyond excellent and memorable.


Observation 1:  Greet the customer with a smile and genuine enthusiasm and the table is set for a positive guest experience


Soon – within one minute, Ray was back. This time with some wonderful complimentary appetizers, pickled cabbage, cucumber salad in rice vinegar and some Chinese garlic rolls. A virtual feast in and of itself and we hadn’t yet ordered anything off the menu.


Observation 2:  Give the guest more than they asked for or expected and they will return as a repeat customer


Ray promptly returned with the menu’s, took the used towels and mentioned the evening specials and said, “please let me know if you have any questions. I will be back in a few minutes to take your order.”  He also indicated that the portions were very large. Ray promptly returned, took our order and the piping hot food was on our table in less than 15 minutes.


Ray was right; the portions were huge but more importantly delicious.


Observation 3:  Every guest touch point should be one of value and prompt and courtesy service.


If we follow the guest service golden rule and treat your guests how you would like to be treated and served, your guests will repurchase and evangelize for you.  Put the guest first and everything else will take care of itself.



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The Power Of Positive Motivational Habits In Life & Business


Have you ever met a person that constantly seems to be working towards his or her goals? Do you have friends or family members that are able to achieve personal and professional growth while still juggling all the challenges and day-to-day tasks they have to complete?

If you have, and most of us do experience these people in our lives, you are in the presence of a person who has learned to harness the power of personal motivation and use it to their advantage.

This is actually something that anyone can bring into his or her life. Adding positive habits that create intrinsic (think internal or personal) motivation is not at all difficult, but you have to learn what motivates you in your business and in your personal life.

Set Goals Based on What You Want

mistakes-in-setting-goalsToo many people get stuck in negative thinking and fail to turn it around to create a positive goal. For example, if you want to boost your sales setting aside 10 minutes per day to make cold calls is a positive option. Saying to yourself that you won’t waste time anymore is not positive nor motivational.

Setting the schedule for your sales day and checking it off as you complete the tasks is motivational for many and also a very positive way to make changes. Being recognized for increased sales or generating more qualified leads can create extrinsic or external rewards that boost the motivation factor.

The same is true in personal life. If you want to have a better relationship with your spouse, setting out what you want to do and breaking it down into steps or goals is going to provide to create a habit of thinking about positive interactions with your partner. There is power in positive motivational habits so make sure that your goals are set in a way that helps you create positive motivational habits.

By focusing on what you want, setting goals and mini-goals and getting to know what motivates you personally you can continue to add positive habits in your life that lead to success in life and business.

Let Doug Dvorak help your group, organization or company develop positive motivational habits that will help them in their personal and business life. To learn more about Doug’s award-winning presentations, visit the website.


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How I Went From Free To Fee as a Motivational Speaker

Free to Fee: How launched my professional speaking career


Doug DvorakI knew I wanted to quit my day job eventually and become a paid speaker, but I didn’t know where to start. I joined the local Toastmasters Club to help me develop and polish my speaking skills, but I wanted to speak to other groups and organizations around the Chicagoland area. I Googled “Free Speakers” and was directed to Andy Richardson at (The bureau was called Free Speech at the time.)

I decided to call Andy, and that call changed my life and launched my professional speaking career. I have never looked back.

Andy explained what is. Essentially, it is a pro bono speaker’s bureau for the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. It has sister bureaus in Milwaukee and Indianapolis. All three bureaus connect entertaining, competent, topical speakers with local organizations, associations and corporations that are in need of a speaker but have limited or no budgets.

So, I joined, paid a nominal membership fee of $35.00 and started on my journey to becoming a paid professional speaker.

The first year I was actively involved in, I spoke more than 35 times FOR FREE. As my speaking skills evolved and improved, I starting getting requests to speak and get paid. I was amazed; I never thought I could get paid to to do something I loved so very much – speaking.

It reminds me of a quote I heard several years ago while I was pondering my transition from Corporate America to independent speaker: “Find what you love to do and do it for the rest of your life – let your avocation be your vocation.”

I want to thank Andy and for pointing me in the right direction and helping and coaching me along the way. is a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to speak or to make a positive impact in peoples’ lives.

Even if you don’t have a desire like me to be a professional, fee-based speaker, you can still network, benefit and grow your speaking and communications skills through  Thanks again Andy and I couldn’t have done it without you!


Doug Dvorak is a professional motivational keynote speaker and humorist, based in Chicago, Illinois. He is one of the most well-traveled keynote motivational speakers available today. Doug has earned his spot in the motivational speaking Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been inducted into the International Who’s Who of Professional Speaking.