November 2014

26
Nov

Paul Stoltz on the Importance of GRIT

I first met Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., and learned about his work on the adversity quotient in the summer of 1995, when I worked in human resources at Deloitte and he was facilitating the Deloitte Intern Student Leadership conference. Since then, I’ve introduced Paul and his company, PEAK Learning, to every company I went to work for: Marriott, ING (VOYA),

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24
Nov

Are You the Kind of Leader Employees Give Thanks For?

Later this week, many Americans will gather with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks for the things they’re grateful for. Will your leadership be on their list? The answer to that question largely relies on how much gratitude you’ve shown your team members throughout the year. To engage employees and inspire them to do their best

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20
Nov

Is Your Company a Psychologically Healthy Workplace?

Having a psychologically healthy workplace may not be at the top of your priority list — but maybe it should be. I talked to David Ballard recently about the importance of having a psychologically healthy workplace. He’s the assistant executive director for organizational excellence at the American Psychological Association, which applies psychology to employee workplace issues. The organization runs a

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18
Nov

4 Employee Engagement Lessons Established Businesses Can Take from Startups

Established companies are always looking for ways to capture the enthusiasm, engagement and innovation that’s so common at startups. They want to know how to attract passionate top talent and provide a working environment that will make those people want to stick around. A good place to start is by taking some lessons from the startups that are recruiting and

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13
Nov

The Trouble With Traditions

Last week I wrote about a company I used to work at that faced a major challenge when its longtime tradition of holding a large holiday party for all employees and their partners and spouses wasn’t able to keep pace with the organization’s growth. The formerly fun, engaging tradition stopped creating value and became a negative for many people. At

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11
Nov

Is Your Company Too Cushy to Inspire Great Work?

When Kenyan runner Wilson Kipsang won the New York City Marathon earlier this month, with a time of 2 hours 10 minutes 59 seconds, it revived conversation about why so many Kenyans are so successful in the world of competitive running. It’s certainly not because they have better trainers and equipment than runners from other parts of the world, said

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6
Nov

3 Questions Every HR Leader Should Be Asking as They Prepare for 2015

A company I worked at earlier in my career had a tradition of hosting a huge holiday party for employees and their spouses and partners, complete with food, drinks and favors. Over the course of two decades, the company and the party grew in numbers, but the favors and festivities shrank. Longtime employees were sad the holiday party wasn’t what

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4
Nov

3 Ways You’re Killing Employee Motivation — and How to Stop

This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on TLNT on Oct. 21, 2014. Employers are always looking for ways to boost employee engagement and get the best out of their people. But even as they do, many are inadvertently causing their workers to disengage. Could you be one of them? Are you guilty of any of these

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