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Build a Culture of Gratitude and Boost the Bottom Line

Written by Chris Naylor on December 5, 2016

Although Thanksgiving is about enjoying great food with family and friends, the main ingredient of the holiday is gratitude. While Thanksgiving gives us a day to count our blessings, much can be said for the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude year-round.

Scientists have proven that people who are thankful experience improved health, more positive emotions and better ability to handle stress. People who have an attitude of gratitude are also better able to reach their goals.

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What If You're Promoting the Wrong People?

Written by Mike Paton on December 1, 2016

“The Peter Principle” is a term coined by Laurence J. Peter in 1969 to describe the recurring phenomenon of employees being promoted to – and often beyondtheir highest level of competence. While hilariously illustrated in the comic strip Dilbert, both versions of the television show The Office, and the movie Office Space – the consequences for a small, entrepreneurial company aren’t funny at all.

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A Simple Habit for Greater Employee Accountability at Your Company

Written by Mike Kotsis on November 28, 2016

The stats on employees and their workplaces are staggering:

  • 87% of employees are not engaged at work
  • 39% of employees have no idea what their company’s goals and objectives are
  • 47% don’t know the state of their company’s performance
  • 44% don’t understand how their role helps the company meet its goals

And the result is a huge gap of accountability throughout the organization. How can we defy the statistics and effectively raise the level of accountability?

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Does Your Employee Really Want That Job Promotion?

Written by Don Tinney on November 21, 2016

“I really want the promotion. I’d love to take on that manager position,” Fred says enthusiastically. Fred has been on your team for several years now and he knows your business well. He’s proven himself to be reliable and professional.

But why does he want the position? His enthusiasm reminds you of a kid in a candy store repeating I want it, I want it! But just like that kid in the candy store, does he actually want it? Is he about to bite off more than he can chew?

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What Happens When Your Company Leadership Doesn't Row Together

Written by Ken DeWitt on November 17, 2016

I took up crew rowing in an 8-oared shell at age 50 with a local community club here in my hometown. One thing I learned quickly is that we must each trust one another to do our jobs — and with perfect timing — or the boat simply won’t go fast, or worse, won’t go at all.

This has become the perfect team metaphor for me. Rowing relies more on the perfect cohesion of a team than any other sport. In a game like football or basketball, one star player can carry an otherwise mediocre team to victory, but that’s not so in rowing. No single rower can make the boat go faster by himself, but it only takes one rower being just the tiniest bit off to slow it down a lot. The same thing goes for your company’s leadership team.

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