Planting Seeds of Greatness Requires You to SEE the Human in Your Employees

September 27, 2018

Great leaders are like farmers; they plant seeds of greatness in their employees. Then these leaders provide all the conditions necessary for them to grow. So says Kevin Ames, co-author of Appreciate: Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness. Ames, who is Director of Speaking and Training for recognition company O.C. Tanner recently spoke at the Influence Greatness […]

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Employee Engagement is for Everyone

July 18, 2013

This is a multi-part series on employee engagement based on my interview with New York Times best-selling author Kevin Kruse. As a former business owner and winner of a “Best Place to Work” award, Kevin has a wealth of real-life experience. I found him to be funny, down-to-earth and very reasonable in his approach to […]

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Why One-Size-Fits-All Recognition Doesn’t Work

June 25, 2012

Appreciation matters. According to a research white paper by daily recognition proponents Baudville, when employees were asked by the global human capital consulting firm Towers Watson to identify “very significant” motivators of performance, 66% of respondents answered “appreciation” as opposed to only 15% who reported financial reward. So, let’s say that you’re a manager who […]

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