Category: Blog

Ta-Da’s Instead of To-Do’s

How much time do you spend creating and working through your to-do list everyday?  I am guessing most of us have one and depending on the day, check items off that did get done.  We usually don’t celebrate that checkmark, either hand-written or digital.  Or even acknowledge it is gone because we are so focused… Read more »

Accepting Praise

Praise /prāz/: The expression of approval or admiration for someone or something. Ongoing performance feedback are buzz words associated with today’s workplace.  Gone for many companies are the one time a year performance feedback sessions where an entire year’s worth of work, metrics, and development are clumped into one massive feedback talk with 1-5 rating… Read more »

Thank a Leader

Neon thank you sign

I have been seeing more than the usual amount of posts and articles on “toxic culture” in the workplace, poor leaders, and ineffective organizations.  And while I do appreciate the opportunity to continue to learn about these topics, I felt that this blog should not be focused on all of the ways leaders and organizations… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Employees Leave Companies: From the Mouths of the Job Seekers

A colleague of mine works directly with employers trying to fill open positions. Recently, one of the employers he was beginning to work with expressed his frustration about hiring. “How can I find candidates who want to work for me?  What can I do?” I told my colleague I was beginning to dive deeper at… Read more »

Call to Action for Class of 2019 Applies to the Workplace

My nephew graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago.  While I was looking forward to seeing him graduate, I was not necessarily looking forward to the rest of the ceremony.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with many of the speeches, especially the principal’s call to action. He started by sharing with us that… Read more »

Spring Thaw: Clutter in the Workplace

It’s spring thaw time in Chicago.  And the melting snow revealed many surprises in the yard of my house.  I have broken walkway lights, branches down, and various paper products that escaped on garbage day.  The melting snow also revealed some good things as well – – – a decorative flag that flew off in… Read more »

Would You Use the Word “Love” to Describe Your Current Job?

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain I heard two polar-opposite comments related to people and their jobs last week. First, I heard a crazy statistic on the radio.  Eighty percent of employees seriously start to consider looking for another job… Read more »

3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Their Workplaces Today

There is a lot of work to be done each day in your organization. As a leader, you feel like you are inundated with tasks and responsibilities. But if you stop and think about it for a minute, without your employees there as part of your organization, your job would be so much harder. Nobody… Read more »

2018 Quotes and Statistics That Made Me Think

I continuous work on my listening skills.  To improve this year, I tried to capture quotes and ideas that may me think when I heard them.  As I reviewed my notes, I found several that still made me think deeper about work, life, and everything in between. Words to Ponder “When do my wrongs stop… Read more »

Makings of a Memorable Learning Experience

In a previous blog, I wrote about learning using all 5 senses.  Recently, I had another chance to up my experiential learning with an out-of-the-box experience. While I like to find out-of-the box learning experiences, I sometimes fail to launch on these because I do not like to take risks.  Last week I had the… Read more »