Archive | July, 2010

When it’s this easy…

… alternatively this post could be titled “I swear I don’t have a problem”. One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is to check my phone. I don’t even think about it anymore, I’m doing it practically before my eyes are fully open. I have near instant access […]

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Employee Morale and Driving Performance

Employee Morale: Driving Performance in Challenging Times by David Bowles and Cary Cooper David and Cary created a well-written and well thought out book on employee morale and the links between morale and performance. The biggest benefit of morale is individual and organizational performance and the authors present the evidence for “morale correlating highly with, […]

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Just Do Your Job

I love all of the discussion centered who should report to which department. Whether it is a HR department arguing they should be reporting to the CEO and they should have a seat at the table to recruiters arguing that they should be in any department except HR, it gives me a broad smile. Someone […]

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What Counts the Most?

Someone tweeted the other day, “What counts the most is results.” That mantra is certainly true for Corporate America. And I preach it when I am wearing my Training Manager hat. But lately, I am finding that there are people who are wondering if that’s all there is.  Two groups in particular, Leaders and Job […]

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On being influential

Brazell dismissed the entire concept of personal branding, held by so many as the Holy Grail of success in social media. According to Brazell, it is far more important to develop a sphere of influence by helping people, and providing useful helpful information that builds your credibility slowly over time. Branding alone will not be successful in the long term.

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Need a Coach? How about a Yogi?

Many people nowadays are hiring coaches to help them change and improve. It’s an age-old resource, probably dating back to the prehistoric sherpas that would guide the tribe over a treacherous mountain pass to a lush green valley beyond. If you are in search of a coach, consider this alternate approach. Hire Yogi Berra. Baseball […]

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Why Make Time for Relationships?

Businesspeople often make the mistake of first thinking about relationships when they have real need.  That might be when an offer is on the negotiating table, when you’re facing resistance from other people, teams or divisions over a project, or even when you need better career opportunities. Why is this a serious mistake?  When career, money, resources, […]

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6 Points to Ponder: Employee Engagement

Here are 6 employee engagement points to ponder. Open the door. A true open-door policy in which anyone can drop by anytime is unrealistic. But you can establish a regular time when you are available for questions, discussion, issues. Announce, then publicize and re-publicize the Open Door Time until it takes hold in the minds […]

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