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October 31, 2017

Start Planning Your Year-End Festivities Now

Perhaps the best opportunity to really celebrate and connect with employees happens in a few months from now when everyone wraps up business before the New Year. There may be no better circumstance that brings everyone together under a common goal than end-of-year crunch combined with the season of goodwill. So start planning now! The […]

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August 24, 2016

Be Like Mark – Recognition at Facebook

Even though his organization is all about connecting people virtually, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently did a stellar job connecting in person when he inadvertently delivered a clinic on workplace presentations for an employee’s ten-year anniversary. The KX Factor Employee Kang-Xing Jin, known as “KX” to his colleagues, was a dear friend of […]

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April 14, 2016

To Lead or Manage?

There’s an entire industry built around training managers to be great leaders, and why not? It makes sense that the person tasked with managing a team should possess some leadership skills. But we also know that not every manager is suited to be a great leader. In fact, most managers are downright unsatisfied. When I […]

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January 4, 2016

5 Fatal Flaws of Darth Vader’s Management Style

Maybe you’ve heard of a small independent film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was released this holiday season? It is the continuation of the original Star Wars Trilogy, which featured the incomparable villain Darth Vader, a high-level management type in the Galactic Empire, whose mission was to eradicate the small band of rebels […]

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October 15, 2015

5 Recognition Ideas for Boss’s Day

Why is there no Employee Day? Because every day is Employee Day. Boss’s Day is the one designated time to throw some recognition your boss’s way, and you should, since managers and team leaders are historically the least recognized employee in any company. This is odd, since companies generally put the bulk of responsibility for […]

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July 30, 2015

Fish on Leadership

What can fish teach us about leadership? Plenty, it turns out, according to a new study from the combined efforts of the Universities of Bristol, Harvard, and Princeton. The study examined schools of golden shiners, small schooling bait fish who rely heavily on communication to survive. In the experiment, certain fish were given the location […]

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June 18, 2015

Celebrating “Work Dads”

You may have heard some be called a “work husband” or “work wife” in the office before, playful terms of endearment we sometimes use for the coworkers we end up spending a lot of time with. But with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to talk about “work dads”, or the mentors who […]

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January 22, 2015

The Belichick Philosophy: Do Your Job

The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game last weekend, earning them a trip to the Superbowl against the Seattle Seahawks on February 1st. Superbowl XLIX (that’s 49 for non-Romans) will mark a major milestone in a historic journey by the Patriots team and their head coach Bill Belichick. Belichick […]

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January 13, 2015

The Huge Importance of Mentors in Developing Top Talent

Those of us lucky enough to have had a strong mentor figure at some point in our lives know how important they can be to career development, personal success, and overall well-being. That’s why January 19th 2017 is Thank Your Mentor Day, an annual event for National Mentoring Month that encourages everyone to reach out […]

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January 3, 2015

Where are the Great Managers?

Great managers can help companies achieve around 147% higher earnings per share than their competition, and double employee engagement levels. Bad managers cost businesses billions, increase turnover, and bring entire companies down, yet at least 44% of Americans have worked for one, and Gallup recently found that 82% of the time companies don’t choose managers […]

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