Employee Engagement

Changing Human Behavior, Yours or Someone Else’s

Published on September 24, 2018 by

If you're human, there's been a time when you've tried to change something about yourself or your team at work or in your family  and you've failed.

Welcome to the club!

If you're a leader or manager, you can remember a time (or many times!) you wanted to pull your hair ...

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Is This Why Salespeople (Or Anyone Else) Fail to Take Responsibility For Their Lack of Sales?

Published on September 12, 2018 by

I’ll never forget the morning I was in an emergency meeting called by the regional sales manager for the very large and well-known company I was selling for many years ago. I drove to the meeting in a company car that was a part of my compensation package. I loved ...

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Happiness Fuels Performance (It’s Time We Took Our Heads Out of the Sand)

Published on August 10, 2018 by

We’re in a challenging market that makes it harder for companies to find the talent they need. Now is the time every leader and manager should be thinking, “How can we improve the performance of the employees we currently have?”

Given that, it’s time leaders paid more attention to the ...

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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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