Category: Energy & Engagement

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

5 Reasons Your Team Doesn’t Buy Your Game Plan thumbnail

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

Leaders Stand in the Gap of Uncertainty to Help Others Across thumbnail

Far too many of us can also relate to working for managers who wielded their title and position authority as their only levers for leading. These managers caused me to question the likelihood of my contributing anything of value to the corporate mission. To hear their names, even years later, leaves me feeling drained and conjures emotions of lacking. My concerns were reinforced every time they tried to make me do

How to Stop Drama Queens and Chronic Complainers From Destroying Your Team thumbnail

I often start my speeches on employee engagement sharing prototypes of various kinds of disengagement. The favorite is always Barbara Boatrocker– “her life feels like a sad country song, every little thing is wrong”– for the appropriate audience I’ll even sing that line ;-). “She’s always stirring the pot. Nothing’s ever quite right when Barbara’s around. She

Why Job Descriptions are a Dying Art

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A client called. “Karin, I’m going to send you the job description for the new role we designed, but ignore all the HR mumbo jumbo. Just concentrate on the competencies and see if they seem right to you based on the strategy we’ve been working on.” Game on. We were going to have the conversation that was most worth having: How do we find the right person with the aptitude for this vital

The Secret to Holding a Meeting that Gets Results thumbnail

Does this sound familiar? You went to a meeting where you had invigorating discussions, examined alternatives, came up with a cool plan of action, everyone left the meeting feeling motivated, and then six weeks later you get back together. As everyone enters the room and takes their seat, there are sideways glances, “Did you do that thing we talked about?” “No…how about you?” A quick shake of the head and

2 Reasons Employee Engagement is So Hard– And What to Do About It thumbnail

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of employee engagement results, you most likely know the, “How in the world could they feel THAT WAY after ALL I’ve done?” head-scratching frustration. I know I have. You’ve recognized, mentored, career-pathed, taken some bullets, helped them win… and yet, it somehow wasn’t enough for everyone. A few folks still feel frustration and

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