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The Serendipitous Results of Happenchance Relationships — Recognition Series | Part 2
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The Serendipitous Results of Happenchance Relationships — Recognition Series | Part 2

Series Part: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 This is the second in a series of how to recognize employees in a meaningful way, even during a pandemic.   In a survey, according to Kennedy Pearce, a London-based financial services recruiting company, “Seventy-eight percent of employees cited recognition as the main motivating factor in their career.”...

Why Having an “Open-Door Policy” Doesn’t Always Work — Recognition Series | Part 3
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Why Having an “Open-Door Policy” Doesn’t Always Work — Recognition Series | Part 3

Series Part: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 This is the third installment in a series of how to recognize employees in a meaningful way, even during a pandemic.   When employees are working from home, it is imperative to encourage open and frequent conversations to head off disengagement. In addition to encouraging dialogue, be proactive in soliciting your team members’ input and ideas. Engage...

IT’S A BIG MEETING! MAYBE I’LL WEAR PANTS.
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IT’S A BIG MEETING! MAYBE I’LL WEAR PANTS.

I remembered watching Anchorman and realizing that Ron Burgundy was not only a sexy beast, but a maverick and trailblazer beyond all measure. He masterminded a polished, poised persona and he didn’t need to bother with such silliness as “wearing pants” to pull it off. He was a true hero of the 1970s and his heroic nature...

Thankful for the Reset Button
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Thankful for the Reset Button

2020 is a hot mess. I said it. I’m not afraid of it. On a rainy, dreary Saturday I took the time to reflect on the year. It turns out that 2020 was (and continues to be) a hot mess that I could not be more grateful for. I am eternally thankful for the reset buttons that 2020 has presented to me.   My first reset button was running. Literally and figuratively. Literally in the sense...

4 Ways to Keep Your Team Engaged This Holiday Season
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4 Ways to Keep Your Team Engaged This Holiday Season

As we head into the holiday season in the most unprecedented year in recent memory, we can’t help but think about how our relationships will be impacted. While holidays tend to be lonely seasons for some, this year could be exponentially so.   For people who thrive on relationships and socialization, the isolation that has become...

Employee Recognition Through Coaching — Recognition Series | Part 1
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Employee Recognition Through Coaching — Recognition Series | Part 1

Series Part: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 With many employees working remotely during this challenging time, what motivates them to get up each morning and achieve something of significance? Surprisingly, money is not at the top of the list. Instead, according to multiple surveys, including Pay & Job Satisfaction by John T. Brinkman, 2017, “pay level is only marginally related to satisfaction.” If the association...

Overcoming Lean Team Burnout
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Overcoming Lean Team Burnout

Organizations today are working with incredibly lean teams, often asking individuals to do three jobs instead of one. Employees and leaders alike are experiencing burnout. But they don’t have to be.  Are you asking team members what they are willing to take on or considering talents when placing responsibilities?   Are you giving leaders the tools to coach and develop their teams?   Are you recognizing the work...

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How Do You Find A Mentor?

Oh my goodness. This is a really tough question. It’s a question about relationships. How do you find a best friend? How do you find a life partner? How do you find a mentor? I wish I had an easy answer, or frankly any answer that would work consistently. A mentor is someone for whom...

Winning, Leading and Developing People
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Winning, Leading and Developing People

Robert Luther “Lute” Olson was the head coach of the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball team for 25 years. Respected both on and off the court, Lute’s long career boasted many achievements, including his impressive record of 700+ victories and his inductions into both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall...