You may be terrified of public speaking, but sadly, we live in a world where good presentation skills can make or break a career. Though it may seem unfair, people today often judge a person’s capability and talent on the basis of how well he or she delivered a presentation.
But here’s the good news, good presentation skills are not innate, …
In every survey my company has conducted, every survey I’ve done in leadership or innovation workshops, and most creativity surveys I’ve read, here are the top-5 places people say they come up with their light bulb moments, the top-5 places (in no particular order) everyone says inspiration strikes:
In the shower
While doing some sort of exercise
In bed …
The next time you fly, eat out at a restaurant, or visit any business for that matter, take a few moments to watch the range of attitudes you see among the front line customer service staff. It can really be quite striking.
Recently, for example, while flying to a speaking engagement I was struck by how completely different the flight attendants’ …
Walking through the office hallway can make a boss feel a bit like the nerdy kid in the locker room. Just like jocks end cool conversations whenever there’s a nerd in sight, employees are constantly closing browser tabs and slamming laptops shut when their boss walks by. Whether they’re playing games, chatting on Facebook, or admiring cat memes, these workers …
The Ig Nobel awards were handed out recently at a ceremony at Harvard University. The annual awards are given out to recognize the quirkier, sillier side of scientific research – research projects that make you laugh, then make you think (which is not a bad goal for any attempt at effective communication by the way). This year’s winners included a …
One of the questions I pose in my e-book, Inspiring Questions for Inspiring Workplaces, is: If your workplace was represented by a movie, what movie would it be and why? Asking questions like this sometimes helps reveal some uncomfortable truths that people are sometimes otherwise reluctant to share.
And speaking of movies…a lot of workplaces have business book clubs or …
Guest Blog courtesy Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified, www.greatnessmagnified.com
Many people believe recognition is the leader’s job. Well, no wondering it’s not sustainable and most organizations’ recognition scores are through the floor! We’ve worked in industries (e.g., healthcare) where it’s not uncommon for a leader to have 100+ direct reports. Now, does this sound sustainable to you? Even …
An interesting info graphic highlighting some of the top employee incentives and perks…what perks would help you stay inspired in your workplace? What incentives would help you remain loyal to your company?
You know the old saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” isn’t always true. Sometimes what happens in Vegas follows you back to the office! A European study found that 23% of vacationers noticed no difference in how rested they felt when they returned from their time away! None! An astounding 17% actually reported feeling worse after their vacation!
Research shows that when people in a conflict situation laugh and find the humor in a situation, they are likely to shift from convergent thinking (believing there is only one possible solution) to divergent thinking (seeing other possibilities and ideas that might solve the conflict). Here are a few tips on how to use humor in a conflict situation to …
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Michael shares a great customer service lesson from Disney (yes, them again), a fabulously simple fun at work tip that shows sometimes small gestures have huge payoffs, the quote of the week from Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams, and some more horridly awkward and hilarious analogies from high school students.
Mike offers up some ways to tear down silos and encourage more cross pollination of ideas at work, a fun at work tip to help you generate outrageous ideas, a timely quote of the week, and some wacky 911 phone calls.
Michael offers up seven darn interesting and surprising reasons you should be smiling and laughing more often at work, a fun at work tip to help you laugh more, a funny quote of the week, and some hilariously stupid reasons people are phoning in to 911 emergency lines.
Mike offers up some customer service lessons he learned from his recent trip to Portugal, a fun at work tip for meetings, a great quote on the importance of appreciation, and a sneak peak at some of the May theme days.
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