Archive for September, 2010


Motivation & Understanding “WHY”

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Recently I mentioned, “if we could manage people we wouldn’t need jails”. Well that certainly stirred up some interest.

Getting your team to row in one direction, is essential in giving every business the energy it needs to thrive.

To achieve this, the people in the business need to understand “WHY”. “Why” gives purpose. Purpose drives the team (and yourself as individuals).

This is a 10 minute rather extraordinary animated video on motivation and “why”



Rambling thoughts of Mike O’Hagan

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

If you can manage “people” how come we need jails??

Most managers manipulate “fear”.
Do you manage or do you lead??
I lead by painting a picture – “this is what we need to do – come on, let’s go – this way”. So are you a manager or are you a leader?

My ultimate goal for MiniMovers (shared with Senior staff etc) is “one day we will be a bigger brand name worldwide than McDonald’s”. No dates, no numbers, just “a picture”. When you work with me – you “know” where we are heading therefore “why” we do things the way we do.

What do you do to encourage your people?

It’s been a while since I updated this blog. I’ve now finished my 3 years (part-time) Entrepreneur Masters programme at MIT – Boston. I’ve also just released the notes I use when coaching start-up businesses, in the form of an eBook – check out