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  • Does It Really Take an Employee Engagement Survey to Figure Out What You Should Already Know?

    Okay, to be clear – I’m not slamming employee engagement surveys. If done right, employee engagement surveys can provide invaluable insights, serve as a scorecard to see whether you’re trending in the right direction or not, and offer employees one more opportunity to feel like they have a voice in the future of your organization.

    Yet, I frequently hear from clients …

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  • Nerds Rule the Roost in this Inspiring Workplace

    I always love stumbling upon under-the-radar companies that are doing awesomely cool things, like these nerds. (And as a self-identifying nerd, I use this term in a very affectionate way.)

    The software development company The Nerdery was recently listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. One of the keys to their success …

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  • How Cultural Differences Can Show Up In Your Workplace

    Guest blog by Tina Varughese

    On a recent trip to Mazatlan, Mickey, our gregarious activities coordinator, was leading a game of “Name that Movie Tune”. The game seemed to be geared for Mexicans and Canadians as Mickey expertly switched songs between famous Mexican movies and North American hits such as, “Scooby Doo”, “Ghostbusters”, “Casper” (try singing that theme song…I dare you…not …

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  • Employee Motivation Starts With the Why

    Guest post by Merge Gupta Sunderji.

    People often think that you need big budgets to motivate employees.  Not true.  There are scads of zero-cost or inexpensive ways to motivate employees, and here’s one – tell people why!  This may sound really obvious, but it often gets missed.  I repeatedly see managers and supervisors issuing edicts to staff without telling them “why”, …

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  • 13 Ways to Banish Workplace Boredom

    I’m reading Pierre Burton’s The Arctic Grail, recounting the numerous historic attempts by 19th Century explorers to discover a northwest passage through Arctic waters north of Canada. During these explorations ships routinely had to overwinter in the sea ice in brutal conditions, and while the crews faced numerous threats, from scurvy to starvation to hypothermia, one threat they encountered may …

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  • Are Your Values Moo-ving Employees?

    Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream considers themselves to be a “values-led ” business.  Co-founder Ben Cohen, in fact, had a saying, “When you go to work in the morning you shouldn’t have to leave your values behind.”

    OK, sure. We’ve all heard that a thousand times before. Yawn.  I mean, seriously, what business DOESN’T make a claim about how their values …

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  • Inspiring Teams When They Aren’t All There (In Person, That Is)

    One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “Mike, how do you engage, inspire, and motivate people when they work from home or even in another city and you don’t have the same level of interaction with them as your other onsite employees?”

    (The second most frequent question I get is, “Who cuts your hair? Do you do it …

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  • Delivering World Class Presentations

    A great summary of some of the things world class speakers do each and every time to hit it out of the ballpark, how to overcome public speaking anxiety, and some interesting stats about the fear of public speaking around the globe and the differences between men and women.

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  • The Value of the Slight Edge

    Guest post by Hall of Fame customer service leadership speaker and trainer Jeff Mowatt

    Remember the old joke about two camping buddies being scared out of their tent by a rummaging grizzly? One scrambles to exit while the other stops to put on his running shoes. “What are you doing putting on those …

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  • To Motivate Employees, Offer Them Choices!

    Guest Blog by Merge Gupta-Sunderji

    Motivating employees is not always about money, and in my leadership development practice, I am always offering up hundreds of different zero- and low-cost ways to motivate employees.  Here’s one – offer them choices.  Offering employees different alternatives in any situation usually costs nothing, but creates a sense of personal power in your people.  And workplace …

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