Employee Engagement

The Hardest Question in Life to Answer

Published on June 18, 2017 by

 

Years ago I had a friend who sold life insurance.

He didn't really like it and he only made enough money to pay his bills.

I suggested he find another kind of sales job; one he was better suited for and one he enjoyed.

He insisted he just needed to ...

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Why “Just Do It” Is Great For Nike But Not For You

Published on May 3, 2016 by

When it comes to “motivating” others (and ourselves) there are three well-known phrases I see and hear a lot:

  • “Just Do It!”
  • “No excuses!”
  • “No one owes you anything!”

As a former psychotherapist and now as a coach for the past decade, I have spent thousands of hours ...

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The Amazon Uproar: Happiness at Work Matters

Published on September 7, 2015 by

 

A couple of weeks ago The New York Times ran a scathing article portraying the Amazon work culture as anything but a happy environment. Whether that’s true or not, the question of happiness in the workplace is on our minds again and that’s a good thing. We need to ...

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Denial in the Workplace

Published on May 27, 2015 by

Over the course of  the past two weeks, I’ve had discussions with three senior managers about various challenges their organizations are dealing with. Or to be more precise, challenges the senior leaders are not dealing with. For instance:

  • A middle manager with a history of claiming credit he’s not ...
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Getting Real About Leadership

Published on October 10, 2014 by

I'm happy to feature a guest post from Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting and author of the book Leaders Open Doors. It's a refreshing book on what makes extraordinary leaders and it's a short read.

 

Originally published at Thin Difference on 5/15/2013.

 Getting Real ...

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Stand By Me: What Your Employees Really Need

Published on August 7, 2014 by

One of my all time favorite songs is "Stand By Me." Whether it's the original version by Ben E. King or Bono and Springsteen or others, the heartfelt plea of the song never fails to get to me.

Here's another one: "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers. Truer words were ...

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A Key to Employee Engagement: Enlightened Leadership

Published on May 23, 2014 by

According to the most recent research from Gallup, our “employee engagement” problem isn’t getting better. What is employee engagement and what does it mean to be engaged at work? Being engaged at work means you have an emotional connection to what you do and to the people you do it ...

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Amazon Pays Unhappy Employees to Leave

Published on April 17, 2014 by

How much money would it take to get you to quit your company and move on to another opportunity? Even if you knew what that number is, I bet your company wouldn't pay it. But two of the best companies in the world would and do; Amazon and Zappos. Why? ...

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Leaders: What Your Followers Are Afraid to Say

Published on January 31, 2014 by

When it comes to leadership, the higher you go, the more isolated and insulated you become from your followers. That means you're not likely to even know the one question that's on the mind of every one on your team or in your organization.

What question is that, you ask? ...

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Enlightened Leadership

Published on August 24, 2013 by

A few weeks back I spent a couple of days with a senior leader who wanted to develop his "leadership intelligence." He has produced outstanding results in many ways and he has superb "technical skills,"  but his people skills were suffering. As a result, his relationships were suffering as well. Great leaders produce ...

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