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13 Scary Statistics on Employee Engagement

There is a serious problem with the way we work.

Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever.

The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that this is all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this…. Read More»

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6 Ways to Know You Need a Course Correction

Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life.

In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more.
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The 3 Beliefs of Human Business

It’s all too easy to forget the human side of business. We get so bogged down in the processes and procedures, the board meetings and balance sheets, that we forget that business doesn’t exist for its own sake. Business is about human beings. It was invented to serve human beings. It employs human beings. It rewards, develops and sadly sometimes discards human beings. And any business has an impact on the human beings all around it…. Read More»

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How to Work Yourself Out of a Job

Earlier this month, I got the opportunity to interview Shannon McFayden, a former Senior Executive Vice President at Wachovia. Shannon is Wachovia’s former Head of Human Resources and Corporate Relations. Once named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by US Banker, Shannon now works as an executive consultant and leadership coach.

Shannon had some fascinating insights about workplace culture, worker motivation, and more. One of the most interesting – and surprising? She believes that the goal of every HR professional should be to work themselves out of a job…. Read More»

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How Mindfulness Improves Workplace Performance

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»

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Five Timeless Qualities We Should Be Encouraging in Employees

Times have changed. We are quick to explain the change by putting it down to the way our needs have altered over the years and how technology is constantly adapting to meet them. However, when it comes to what an employer expects from their employees, are things really that different?

I often think they shouldn’t be. When you strip away all the new technologies, modern processes and latest innovations much of what makes good management is still the same as what it was 100 years ago.

Here are some timeless skills and qualities we should always be thinking about when we hire, train and manage employees.
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The Role of Workplace Optimism in Building Trust

Without trust extraordinary results aren’t possible. Without trust and extraordinary results workplace optimism is absent. Without workplace optimism talented people stay away from or leave companies. What’s left? Mediocre results, missed goals and unhappy people.

Workplace optimism is not a viewpoint or belief system. It’s a cultural vibe that influences a positive work experience.

The outcomes of workplace optimism deepen and expand trust. Let’s look at the relationship…. Read More»

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Leadership Lessons From The Deli Counter

I used to work for a guy named Larry. When Larry went on a business trip or took a vacation, we missed him. We were happy when Larry came back. I want to be the guy they miss. I want to be the guy they are happy to see back.

That’s a fine personal benchmark. I don’t know Larry, but I am pretty darn sure that this benchmark has little to do with Larry’s skill or competence. This benchmark is about Larry’s personal energy.

Are you the Gilda or Frank or Larry they miss?

Consider these simple guidelines for fueling your miss-me personal energy…… Read More»

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    In the Social Age, it’s how we engage with customers, collaborators and strategic partners that matters; it’s how we create workplace optimism that sets us apart; it’s how we recruit, retain (and repel) employees that becomes our differentiator. This isn’t a “people first, profits second” movement, but a “profits as a direct result of putting people first” movement.

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