May 4, 2016 | Posted in: Leading Hartfully

Giving you high-fives with helpful tips in groups of five to handle issues, improve motivation, and inspire your team to get-along and get going. With that, here are several topics with their top five lists:

A helpful tip for managers when confronted with a problem involving people is to ask “why” at least five times in a non-confrontational way such as “Help me understand what happened” instead of “What happened here?” Generally asking “why” five times takes you down the path of:

  1. blame
  2. excuse
  3. symptom
  4. cause
  5. root cause


By digging down a little deeper, you can get past the blame and excuses and focus on the root cause of the problem instead of a surface issue.

  • A study by U-inspire, Inc which revealed the top five motivating methods of over 250 major companies:
  1. communication
  2. growth
  3. respect
  4. leadership
  5. compensation

One of the major findings in the study was the need for organizations to develop a mission statement what conveys the goals of the company and to implement multiple levels of employee recognition programs.


*     In the book Clash of the Generations at Work by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, and Bob Filipczak, they give a simple 5-point ACORN model for managing and motivating across the generations:

  1.  Accommodate differences
  2.  Create workplace choices
  3.  Operate with sophisticated management style
  4.  Respect competence and initiative
  5.   Nourish retention


*     In keeping with the theme of fives in this post, think of yourself as a 5-pointed star. To keep your star shining brightly, follow these five easy tips from Sharing Ideas Magazine:

  1. Take care of your inner self and outer body.
  2. Shepherd thoughts that enter your mind.
  3. Care for your emotions and relationships with loving-kindness.
  4. Be on-purpose in how you invest, give, and spend your money.
  5. Be forgiving and grateful for the unlimited spirit of love that keeps you energized to serve others.

As the CEO (Chief Energizing Officer) at Hartful Living including and; I’m a Messenger and Mentor for women entrepreneurs, connecting them to their capacity to energize their work and their lives in the art of living Hartfully. At, you can make a living through giving with greeting cards and gifts to build your network net worth as an additive to your current business or an easy way to send gratitude and kindness to the world.