What Really Motivates Employees?


My favorite tweets of the week: Facebook released new graphing features and the debt ceiling debate rages. But this week was a great week for tweets about credibility. Just ask Lance and Manti.


Manti Te'o has lost thousands of fans in the past 10 minutes but has gained one very prominent one: Lance Armstrong.


No matter what happens to the economy, our federal reserve will always be filled with comedy gold:

@MarshaCollierHad to fire a company I was doing business with - when they heard the reasons in a logical format - relationship turned around!

@hughhanley  If you have stuck to your New Years resolution you're over half way to creating a new habit... 28 days to change behavior

@ingeniousbritTip: One of an #SME's greatest strengths is its adaptability & flexibility. Make sure you don't get left behind as markets change. #business

@therichbrooks  Just found out that entrepreneur means undertaker – one who undertakes (risk) – in French. Pretty cool!

@alanlepoSo which #socbiz vendor is going to be the first to introduce "Graph Search for the Enterprise", emulating Facebook's upcoming feature?

@ourfounderProcesses decay. If your process isn't evolving during the project, it is dying - and taking you with it.

@realslimgrady  who decided forks should have 4 prongs? I want a 7 pronged fork. Business partner anyone?

@HykenCore values may be the reason that your employees enjoy working at your company & are motivated & committed to doing their best work.

@jkarp  The only thing more frightening than the potential for failure is the potential for success

@levieDisappointment setting in as regular people discover that Facebook launched a graph search engine, not a giraffe search engine.

@aspartaimeei like interviewing ppl. except when they no show, and send an email 90 mins later "sorry, i'll let u know how next week looks."@JackMcCaffery

The #Eagles will interview Lance Armstrong. My bad. I mean Oprah will.@AriFleischer

I wish POTUS ran a credit card company. I could tell him he must raise my spending limit, that way I can pay my bill.@rogerdooley

Tip for ecommerce firms: let me dial down promo emails from daily to, say, monthly frequency vs unsubscribing@chrisguillebeau

Suggestion for small / local businesses: having a means of contact on your website would be GREAT.@DarrenGersh

I disagree. Not raising the debt ceiling is like driving to your bank and punching your loan officer in the face.‏@mojotastic

Why did they randomly bring out famous kids? Is there going to be a Hunger Games? #GoldenGlobes@maggieserotaAt this stage in the game, a Golden Globe to Maggie Smith must be like winning a perfect penmanship award in 3rd grade.@joshuatopolskyI miss CES.‏@dannysullivanIt's so annoying to be charged a "service" fee for booking your own damn tickets online.‏@armanoEveryone is watching the Globes and I am writing job descriptions. I suppose we are both doing our parts to support the economy. :)@DaveKerpenThe secret to success on the social web is simple: Be likeable.@ColeToon

"Snow day!" those two words once brought joy. Now they're just another way of saying "goodbye, productivity."@rainnwilsonLance Armstrong should guest star on 'Girls'. Just so we can hear more about both of those things in the press.‏@tomtomorrowAs a parent, I'm acutely aware of how much online debate resembles arguing with a technicality-obsessed nine year old.‏@leeoddenIs there anyone who "hasn't" written a post about Facebook Graph Search? The speculation is entertaining.‏@gapingvoid

Adjusted for inflation, Apple makes as much money in 1 year as Spanish conquistadors brought back from the Americas in 200.

Gene Marks owns the Marks Group PC, a ten person sales and marketing technology consulting firm outside of Philadelphia that serves more than 600 small and medium companies around the country.