It often surprises my executive coaching clients how important their emotions are to their workplace success. Most of us have been trained to keep our emotions out of the office, so we let lag an ongoing investment in our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Part of the problem is that investing in developing EQ is work that doesn’t always have an immediate payoff, and most of us are focused on results now! But part of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding about what EQ is. … Read More»
Some employers tend to underestimate the effect of their words and expressions on the morale of their workers. The truth is that what managers say and how they say it impacts employee engagement and loyalty, to the point when the supervisor’s comments become the prime motive for leaving the company. Here are some examples of things responsible employers should never say to their workers…. Read More»
The modern workplace is a collection of new technologies, new business strategies, and new leadership methodologies… and the same staggering number of disengaged employees.
What was once an emerging trend is now a full-blown problem that costs US businesses an estimated $450 to $550 billion each year. However, the cost of poor employee engagement is hardly confined to a monetary figure…. Read More»
Being more mindful simply means being more aware of what’s going on, really being “present” in the moment, and paying attention. It’s amazing to think how something as simple as this can increase employee engagement.
First, let’s look at some of the science behind how being more mindful can make you happier and more productive at work, and then I’ll give you some tips on how you can be more mindful…. Read More»
When you get your first leadership position at work, what you don’t know may be more important than what you do know. Much is expected of leaders and you aren’t likely to envision it all beforehand. To help others develop in advance, I asked veteran leaders and managers to think back to their early days and answer this question… Read More»
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»
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»
Motivating team members is a central leadership responsibility. The mainspring of motivation is the belief that something different, perhaps better, is possible. It is that cause that motivational leaders tap into when inspiring others. From such beliefs, habits emerge that perpetuate goodness, possibility, and the desire to do more, to achieve more. Motivational leaders incite action and […] Read more… 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»