Category: Energy & Engagement

The 7 Deadly Sins of Skip Level Meetings

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Skip level meetings always seem like a good idea at the time.  A little MBWA (management by walking around) never hurt anyone. Or did it? Done well, skip level meetings are a remarkable tool in your Winning Well toolkit. Skip level meetings help you connect “what to why,” reinforce the MIT (most important thing), help you build genuine relationships, give you a chance to ask strategic questions to

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Janice shared:

I’d had enough: the gossip; the veterans scaring the new hires; more and more people doing just enough to get by… And I was frustrated because we’d done so much to foster employee engagement. I changed out some toxic leaders. We revamped our coaching program to focus on the positive. I’m here every Saturday right along with them. I bring bagels. The day I forgot the

The Great Leadership Cop Out: Why “That’s Just Who I Am” Is Derailing Your Results thumbnail

Sam knew something was wrong. It just wasn’t fun anymore. The creativity and enthusiasm had drained from the company. Decisions took forever. Managers were finding it harder than ever to recruit and retain talent. Sam had hired me to help him crack the code. As I pulled up to Sam’s office, I knew he’d be unhappy with my recommendation–which involved a serious look in the mirror at his own

How To Create a More Optimistic Workplace

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You can’t win well if you’re not optimistic. And one of the most important parts of being a Winning Well leader is inspiring confidence that the scene and results can and will improve–and identifying the vital behaviors to make it so. Today, I share a video interview with my friend and kindred spirit on the Winning Well journey, Shawn Murphy. Shawn’s book, The Optimistic Workplace, is so

10 Ways to Overcome Negativity at Work

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Jane confided, “I feel like an enthusiastic puppy with all kinds of ideas and possibilities, but when I go to share them, there’s always someone who stomps on my tail.” John chimed in, “I know exactly what she means, everyone around here is just so negative. I’m beginning to wonder

The Biggest Reason Employees Stop Caring

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When I was in my sales and customer service executive roles, whenever I needed a pick-me-up, I would go talk to the new hire classes. They’re fired up, full of ambition, and ready to serve. “Raise your hand if you’re looking to be promoted into management.” Every hand in the room goes up. Sadly, in many companies something happens along the way. Talk to the same group a year in, and the

What’s Going to Happen to You in 2016

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If only you had a crystal ball. The planning, the decisions, the choices would be so much easier. But you don’t. And those decisions and tradeoffs aren’t easy. Should you stay? Should you go? Is that project realistic? What if they reorganize… again? Are you getting the whole story?

What You Do Know About 2016

There’s much you can’t possible predict. But I’m

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Trust me, I’ve seen that look. The #areyouinsane? look. The #whatplanetareyoufrom? grimace. The #thischickisclearlyfromHR lament. The #anddoesnthaveaclue freak out. A few months later, they were all in. Not because of some clever incentive program. Not because of beautiful spin. Almost entirely because they could taste the win. If you’re struggling to gain traction on a new idea or program, you may be

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