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 …
Single-focus meetings can be an effective way to dive deeper into an issue. When you have one central purpose, theme or goal tied to a meeting, chances are you’ll have a more effective meeting and achieve better results. Too often teams try to cram too many issues into their meetings, yet different topics often require different forums and different types …
I speak often about the “5 Ps” of workplace motivation that matter more than money: purpose, progress, pride, praise and passion. Money, in fact, isn’t always honey when it comes to motivating employees. What money is great at motivating people to do is this: look for work when they are unemployed, and show up at work week after week. …
A few weeks ago in my weekly e-zine Inspiring Workplaces I raised the issue of employees not speaking up in their workplaces. I was flooded with responses from subscribers adding to the list of reasons employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up to their senior managers. Some told stories of how they were fired for speaking up too often at …
Several studies have shown that open and honest candor is one of the singles biggest predictors of future success in an organization. Allowing employees to have a voice and share their input is also one of the simplest things managers can do to improve employee engagement and give employees a sense of ownership in their workplace. The info-graphic below …
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If you want to build a more inspiring workplace, you need to make it personal. Mike offers some tips on how to make it more personal for your employees and customers, plus a fun at work tip, a great quote of the week and some unintentionally funny newspaper headlines!
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International funny business speaker Michael Kerr talks about the important difference between self-enhancing humor and self-defeating humor, how leaders can benefit from a huge dose of self-enhancing humor, a silly fun at work tip, a quote from a legendary Canadian humorist, and some accidental humor found on doctors reports.
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