At Lesson.ly, we believe that unlocking the potential of your employees is a multi-faceted endeavor, but keeping employee connection at the center will help your organization achieve similar results to those above. For the onboarding and training facets of your strategy, consider implementing some of these tactics to turn from cold, stale, corporate blah, to white-hot, self-propelling relationships between your team members.Read More
More and more offices exist at the corner, situated in the messy confluences of cultures and technologies and in the borderlands of traditional disciplines. As a millennial leader myself, I see the ways our generation’s coming of age in the workforce has primed us to lead from these spaces, to support a more inclusive and empathetic framework, and, ultimately, to embrace failure as an inevitable process towards achievement.Read More
Whether a quote is attributed to Mother Teresa, Confucius, Bill Gates or your mother, truth is true – regardless of who voiced it or what pages may or may not have recorded it. Certainly, one of the oldest and well-known pieces of wisdom (i.e., truth about life) is what has come to be called the Golden Rule. Most of us would even claim that we live by the Golden Rule. Can you quote it? Take a moment now to test your recollection.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With any pursuit in life, there is doing a thing – and then there is doing it well. There is activity – and then there is artistry.
This holds true where compliments are concerned. There is little debate as to the importance of having “an attitude of gratitude,” particularly as a leader.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Almost two weeks ago now, a thank you note from JJ Abrams, the director of the new Star Wars movie, made national news. As the movie made some additional cast announcements, that note was front-and-center again today.
No doubt, this was a really good thank you note. See for yourself…Read More