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Boosting employee ownership

Boosting employee ownership

Have you seen "Yes Day" yet, the new Netflix movie? It's the driver behind this week's Two-Minute Tip. Every leader's dream is to have a team full of employees who take extreme ownership of their work and the team's success. But how do you do it? As usual, I learn my...

Share the stories

Share the stories

We may clock in each day to earn a paycheck, but the amount of energy we choose to exert during those work hours is influenced by much more than a salary. One of the biggest drivers of performance and engagement is the ability to know and see the impact of our...

A lesson from Grandma

A lesson from Grandma

"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." - Andy Rooney My beautiful grandmother passed recently. She was a powerful force—smart, talented, courageous, witty, selfless, and so much more. This week's Two-Minute Tip gives us an opportunity...

Am I valued here? (S in SCARF model)

Am I valued here? (S in SCARF model)

We're continuing our deep dive into how the human brain perceives and reacts to the workplace, and how you can use this awareness to create an environment that maximizes performance and engagement. Let's be clear: this is not soft, fluffy stuff. This is science, and...

The human brain at work

The human brain at work

I’m very passionate about today’s topic. Lately, I have witnessed leaders neglecting it on numerous occasions. The negative impact of their neglect is significant—involving both human and business costs. Though my natural instincts ignite a protective ‘mama bear’...

Connection over perfection

Connection over perfection

We place a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform perfectly, know all the answers, and maintain a polished reputation. That's pretty stressful considering perfection is humanly impossible. What if, instead of aiming for perfection, we aimed for connection? And what...

The power of a circle

The power of a circle

When you find yourself wanting team dynamics to change, or wanting a specific relationship to improve, what do you do? Probably a lot of things. I’m guessing you work hard to brainstorm and apply many different approaches to drive growth. But have you tried the circle...

Using the 5 languages of appreciation

Using the 5 languages of appreciation

We tend to communicate with others using style norms that come most naturally to us—direct vs. indirect, people-focused vs. fact-focused, etc. While not inherently good or bad, our ability to effectively communicate and truly connect with colleagues improves when...

How to solicit actionable feedback

How to solicit actionable feedback

Inviting others to help us uncover blind spots is one of the best ways to increase self-awareness and expedite growth. But it's hard. It can feel scary and humbling, and most often frustrating. Not frustrating because of the feedback provided, but because of the lack...

What gets recognized gets repeated

What gets recognized gets repeated

Though free and immensely impactful, giving thoughtful praise is one of the most untapped management resources out there. Let's change that. Giving meaningful positive feedback boosts employee engagement and performance—what gets recognized, gets repeated. On...

Better group brainstorming

Better group brainstorming

How readily do your employees speak up in meetings? I mean ALL team members, not just the few who comfortably share great (and even not so great) ideas often.  Unfortunately, simply asking the team to "share their thoughts" doesn't always ensure we'll hear all their...

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