Identifying Your Own Personal Motives

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The question, “Why do we do what we do?” could lead to existential angst, if you chose to see it that way. Or it could be the beginning of a productive dive into understanding your own personal motivation. The deeper the dive, the more you and your team will find to help with productivity and […]

Why Demonstrate Integrity as an Example for Others

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Setting an example worth following requires the establishment of a commonly understood “true north” (not to be confused with “magnetic north”). But it’s not an impossible task. Set your internal compass on demonstrating integrity, and you will lead with significance.  That’s a great sentiment in theory, but how does that translate into building and maintaining […]

Meaningful Celebration in the Workplace

A workplace celebration

How is meaningful celebration achieved in the workplace? It takes more than free food, although without food, celebration often feels incomplete. People tie meaning to the reasons for and frequency of celebration. It’s a combination of thoughtful consideration and authentic spontaneity, both of which feel authentic to people when they experience them as an integral […]

A Manager’s Guide To Compliments Versus Encouragement

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Navigating the nuanced differences between compliments and encouragement is at times a winding road, but take heart. Both compliments and encouragement can be used to your advantage to create a healthy workplace environment, especially with a little attention to detail. Let’s take a look at the benefits of encouragement, compliments, and the in-between.  Workplace Compliments […]

Catch People Doing It Right: Celebrating Success in the Workplace

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It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind. If you’re not careful,  you may end up valuing the product more than you value the person behind the product, a big misstep. So, how do you keep a continual eye on the benefits of building a healthy team? The answer is: Catch people doing […]

Why Governance is Important to an Organization

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“With great power comes great responsibility.”  To whom is this quote attributed? Some would say Ben Parker, fictional uncle of Peter Parker, the “secret identity” of Spiderman. Some would say Voltaire, or another thinker/activist from the later French Revolution. And yet others would go back to classical philosophers or biblical times (see Luke 24:18). Either […]

Are You Really Communicating?

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a leader say to me some variation of, “Well, I sent an email . . .” The presumption made here on the part of such leaders is that they did their job in communicating to their audience and it is the fault of the […]