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Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 4 comments

7 Powerful Motivators to Improve Workplace Performance

A recent research study of 200,000 plus individuals concluded that 79% of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving. When employees don’t feel valued for who they are or what they bring to the workplace, they disengage and often leave. Disengaged employees have a negative impact on the work environment. Turnover is disruptive and costly to companies, and it’s also disruptive to all the individuals involved – to those who leave and to those who stay behind. The statistic is disheartening – but the condition is easily preventable.

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 0 comments

3 Things you Forgot About Motivating People

When we think about motivation we tend to imagine people bounding around, smiling and excited to make things happen. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not much of a recipe for long-term productivity in a work place. While I’m all for a healthy dose of inspiration, there are three things which are completely underestimated in their ability to motivate employees, and all available without delivering a stirring speech.

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Communication, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Strategy | 4 comments

Communication That Encourages Collaboration

“Yes, and” is a powerful tool for collaboration, negotiation and effective communication. The concept of “Yes, and” comes from the improvisational stage, and over the last 15 years, I’ve seen it transform leaders and teams across industries. Unfortunately, a lot people think that “Yes, but” is the same thing, when actually it is an ugly, nasty, evil twin to “Yes, and.”

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Customer Service, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Strategy | 3 comments

10 Strategic Principles Needed to Lead Change Management Efforts

According to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey of global senior executives on culture and change management, the success rate of major change initiatives is only 54 percent. This is far too low. The costs are high when change efforts go wrong—not only financially but in confusion, lost opportunity, wasted resources, and diminished morale. The following list of 10 guiding principles for change can help you navigate the treacherous shoals of transformation in a systematic way.

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Recognition, Workplace Morale | 0 comments

Build Morale by Catching People Doing Something Right

Creating a workplace culture that breeds high morale and engagement doesn’t happen by accident. It requires leadership – wise, empathetic, discerning, thoughtful, strategic, and caring leadership. And it’s a leadership you can’t fake. It has to flow from the ethos of who you are as a person.

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Workplace Morale | 0 comments

Workplace Morale Unplugged

HR gurus at conferences mouth the word ‘engagement’ more times per minute than Robert Plant used to sing ‘baby’ in the average Led Zeppelin song. But what do the terms engagement, morale and motivation mean in practice? Here we look at some core principles and exemplars of how engagement, morale and motivation really work, so that you may adopt adapt them for your own purposes.

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Recognition, Talent | 0 comments

Do You Have Game-Changers on Your Team?

Every business is looking for the “game-changer” — the new approach, the new product, the new account. Something that radically shifts the financial prospects of the Company. To become stable, sustainable and grow, most companies have to do it the old fashion way – hardwork, sound management systems and processes, and making good decisions.

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 3 comments

Why Feedback Is a Business Imperative

The importance of measuring the climate you create cannot be understated. I submit that you, as the leader, have the responsibility to take your organization’s temperature on a regular basis so that you can validate whether or not it meets with your intentional objectives, or if a course correction is required. Without regular and consistent updates, you may never truly understand the environment you are creating for your team.

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Transparency | 5 comments

4 Needed Shifts in the Traditional Boss-Subordinate Relationship

The Boss-Subordinate relationship is unnatural by design. We sell our power for money. We look to a person we have not chosen (whom we may or may not respect) for affirmation, evaluation, and reward. In order to “succeed” we strive to figure out what will make this guy like us, and adjust our style accordingly. We take every criticism to heart, even when we don’t believe it. We take this already unnatural structure and impose even more awkward performance feedback systems.

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