How To Gain Buy-In From Your Team

April 8, 2019

When my daughter was in elementary school I chaperoned a group of second-graders on a field trip to the ArtPrize exhibition in downtown Grand Rapids. Picture this: ten 8-year-olds, excitedly dashing around parks and gardens, in and out of exhibition buildings. They were so excited to experience the art displayed throughout our city. Naturally, their […]

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Adult Learning and Training Workshops – It’s Not an Oxymoron

April 3, 2019

Adults like to learn. No, really, it’s true. If you’re skeptical of this statement, it’s most likely because you’ve shown up to facilitate a training session and felt like you’ve walked into some sort of hostile takeover situation. There is a way to help turn things around: respect your learner’s adult-ness. By doing this, you […]

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Use This Conversational Tool to Keep From Being Swamped at Work

April 2, 2019

Do you ever feel like you should say “no” to a request at work, but the “correct” answer is “yes”? For example, let’s say you’re at a team meeting, brainstorming ideas for a new marketing campaign. And some of the ideas are great ideas. . .but all of them fall in your area of responsibility. […]

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Life Outlook – Are You Seeing Donuts or Holes?

March 29, 2019

Food for Thought: Optimism is a choice – you can choose to see donuts or holes. Look around you – work to see if you can find a baker’s dozen of donuts today. Updated 2019

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How to Encourage Your Team’s Bold Ideas

March 26, 2019

Are you looking to help your team launch innovative ideas? Then listen up. Your efforts to help them might actually be diminishing their creative brilliance, one “helpful” suggestion at a time. Branding expert Sally Hogshead wrote about this phenomenon when describing how well-meaning people pose the biggest threat to a team’s boldest ideas. Innovative ideas […]

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Autonomous Employees Still Need Leaders

March 21, 2019

Humans crave autonomy. When a baby savors that first taste of independence as she crawls away from Mom and Dad, the die is cast: the desire chart one’s destiny is strong. When it comes to autonomy in the workplace, companies have come a long way from the highly regimented scheduling and oversight of industrial-era offices. […]

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Follow #WorkHuman 2019 This Week

March 18, 2019

This week, Globoforce (recently renamed as WorkHuman) hosts its 5th WorkHuman Conference in Nashville. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not in Nashville. But that’s OK. You can still follow the goings on from wherever you happen to be. Follow #WorkHuman on Twitter. Check out the WorkHuman Facebook page. Listen to WorkHuman Radio podcasts. Read […]

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Gen Z: The Challenges and Opportunities with New Talent from a New Generation

March 11, 2019

This post is brought to you by Mitrefinch, an HR software company that provides workforce management solutions for small – midsize companies. Gen Z is made up of people born between 1995 and 2012. While the youngest Gen Zers are still in elementary school, the oldest of this generation have college diplomas in hand and […]

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Last call for #WorkHuman 2019 in Nashville

March 2, 2019

What are you doing March 18 – 21, 2019? For all you procrastinators out there, it’s not too late to attend WorkHuman 2019 in Nashville. I just got an email from my contact at Globoforce, the company that organizes the event. There are still a few spaces left. To register, go here and use my […]

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Praise and Feedback Aren’t the Same Thing

February 28, 2019

As a foodie, I love all kinds of mash-ups. From bacon apple pie to mac and cheese quesadillas it’s stimulating to creatively pair ingredients in unexpected ways. But when it comes to leadership communication, combining certain types of information within the same conversation is a recipe for disaster. To illustrate, let’s use a fictitious member […]

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