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8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave

When it comes to supervisors and managers, I would confidently state that about half of them have the desire to learn, grow and become great leaders, and the other half suffers from Popeye Syndrome. These managers rationalize all their leadership actions with Popeye’s go-to quote, “I am what I am.”  These Popeye Syndrome managers believe that the world needs to...

The 5 Signs of a Thriving Workplace Culture

Most people would agree that the culture of your organization is critically important to its success. As Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Consider these examples for a minute. Zappos has a culture famous for delivering WOW levels of customer service. Southwest Airlines is known for being fun and rewarding employees who draw outside the lines.  Apple has...

These Employees Are Stealing from Your Organization

We love asking the leaders we work with, “How much can an employee steal from your organization before they get fired?” The response is almost always, “If an employee steals, they’re fired immediately.” And yet, most of these leaders continue to employ disengaged employees who are “stealing” valuable time and resources. These leaders generally don’t consider their employees’ disengagement to...

7 Undeniable Signs it’s Time to Fire an Employee

We’ve all dealt with challenging employees at some point in our careers.  As a leader, it can be extremely difficult to know when you’ve gone from dealing with a challenging employee, to dealing with a challenging employee that needs to be fired. Promptly. You know the employee I’m talking about. You think about this employee and their actions every day...

Employee Retention – Why Inboarding is the New Onboarding

Recent research indicates that 71% of the American workforce is currently on the job market. These people are either employed and actively seeking or open to new opportunities, or unemployed/underemployed and looking for a job.  Given that our current unemployment rate countrywide was just 5.8 percent at the end of November, 2014, we can assume that the majority of those...

6 Characteristics of a Meaningful Job

Daniel Pink, prolific author and expert on the workplace and motivation, reminds us that money alone is not enough to push us to do our best. Rather, we are driven and inspired to do our best when we believe that we are doing something that benefits or serves others, or something that is important beyond ourselves. In other words, we...

There’s More to Success than Passion

There is an old cliché–and even a book–titled, Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow! If you Google “love your job” or “passion for your job,” you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of articles that come up. Passion in your job is such a popular topic that there are even coaching companies who have it as their mission to...

A Leader’s Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse

What attitude did you bring to work with you today? Unfortunately, very few leaders are aware of their attitude at any given moment. We talk about attitude a lot, but what, exactly, is it? Psychologists define attitude as a learned tendency to evaluate things a certain way. Most people are aware if they don’t feel well or if they are...

Make Time for Fun at Work

Annually, The Great Place to Work Institute asks thousands of employees to rate their experience at work. Their rankings result in the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” 81% of employees working in these “great” companies responded positively that they are working in a fun environment. By comparison, only 62% of employees in good companies, (those that applied to be...

How to Build a Great Employer Brand

By Peter Stark and Amanda McDoulett (Marketing Coordinator) A New York Times article recently upheld the important role the family narrative plays in a healthy family. The term narrative refers to a story that’s pieced together with facts, events, and emotions. The more parents honestly communicated with children about their family’s past, present and future direction, the happier the children...

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