Tag: employee engagement

Seeing the Opportunity in Conflict

July 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

What would happen if you were to view conflict as an opportunity for understanding and connection, instead of tension and defensiveness? “Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.” – Ramsey Clark, former US Secretary of State While viewpoints often differ, disagreements can be healthy if you can overcome a lifetime of conditioning to avoid conflict, and resist any impulse to attack the person with whom you disagree. The messages we hear growing up: “If he hits you, hit him back,” “An eye for an eye,” or “Don’t rock the boat,” and “Leave well enough alone”, have trained us to either respond aggressively to conflict or to sidestep it whenever possible. Yet, the […]

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The Power of Expectation

June 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

We rise or fall to the level of others’ (or our own) expectations. “The power of expectation subconsciously controls your life to finally create self-fulfilling prophesies. The expectations of those around you modify your behavior for better, or for worse. Your own expectations can fill you with energy, or drive you into despair and despondency.” (EffectiveMindControl.com) It turns out that our brains are wired to use imitation as the tool for behavior and action. We do what we expect we can do. We subconsciously narrow our choices, as well as our expectations of reward or punishment for our behavior. If you have accomplished a lot, chances are either your expectations for yourself and/or the expectations of key influencers in your […]

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2 Secret Leadership Weapons

May 31, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Great leaders are simultaneously visionary, relentless and empathic. They possess both vision and understanding; a view of the long-term needs and goals of their organization, unwaveringly committed to achieving their goals and realistic about the fact that not everyone will comprehend or invest in these things as fully as they do. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll Most of us focus on our own short-term needs and goals rather than those of the organization. Feeling frustrated over this reality is a waste of energy and takes you farther away from your personal goals and those you have for your organization. What’s empathy? Empathy – Extraordinary leaders stay connected […]

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Employee Engagement and the Most Important Leadership Priority

October 20, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

For the sixth year in a row, search engine and tech giant Google find themselves at the top of the list of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. With more than 50,000 employees worldwide, one might ask how Google manages to foster an environment that allows their employees to rank them so high so consistently. Based on the responses to the survey used in Fortune’s rankings, employee engagement and satisfaction appear to be the keys to Google’s success, not just as a profitable company, but as one people are eager to work for. Take it from a very happy Google employee: “I have never worked any place like this. It feels like working at a cross between Harvard, Hogwarts […]

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