Leadership

18
Dec

Earning Employees’ Trust is Key to Engagement Efforts

Earning your employees’ trust is one of the most basic things you can do as a leader to improve engagement at your organization. This means being consistent in your actions, open with communication and fair in judgment. When employees trust you, they’re more likely to be aligned with your organization’s mission, working hard and planning to stay longer. This week

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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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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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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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23
Oct

How Senior Leaders Can Connect with Front-Line Workers

This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on SmartBlog on Leadership on Oct. 8, 2014. When I worked at Marriott, stories of Bill Marriott visiting hotels during his travels became legendary. He wouldn’t just check in for a night or two while visiting key clients and attending to high-level business concerns, he would walk the back of

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