Be a Best Company – Four Actions that Engage and Retain Key Talent

Shari Harleyby Shari Harley

I could give you a list of fifty things you could do to improve employee performance, engagement and retention. But the truth is, there are really just four things you must do. Employees may appreciate the other 46 things but don’t necessarily need them to stay with your organization and do their best work.

The Colorado Society of Human Resource Management hosts an annual Best Companies competition, and organizations of all sizes compete. Last year I led a workshop before the awards ceremony. The purpose of the workshop was to share the things that make an organization a great place to work. While researching the program, the things that separate the great companies from the less desirable places to work became very clear. I’ll share those few things here. Continue Reading

How to Stay on Track, Get More Done & Feel Satisfied at the End of the Day

Christina Haxtonby Christina Haxton

My father-in-law, a 75 year old ex-engineer, military cook  turned chef for the past 45 years who still works hard yet lives a fairly uncomplicated life (and who will NEVER retire nor get a computer) asked me  tonight, “Christina, are people getting crazier than they were 50 years ago?”

I answered honestly, “Yes.”

He asks, “Why do you think that is?”  Again, my response was quick … “TMI” and realizing he would have NO idea what that meant, quickly added, “Too much information …” and I added … “… too quickly.  And lack of human connection.” Continue Reading

Chasing Windmills: A 50 Marathons Quest

David Knappby David Knapp

DAVID KNAPP, PH.D., teaches a hands-on leadership program entitled “Marathon Leadership: 26.2 Lessons for Modern Leaders”… and for the second time, David is lacing up his running shoes to live leadership where the rubber meets the road!

As David writes:

During the final class meeting of my Spanish II class at Clarion University almost 30 years ago, my professor (a huge fan of Cervantes’ epic novel “Don Quixote”) left us with the following advice:

“Always chase windmills.  Even if they call you a crazy old man – keep chasing windmills.  The day you stop chasing windmills is the day you die.”  Continue Reading

Make Your Mobile Messages Matter!

Julie Millerby Julie Miller

With more than 6.8 million cellular subscriptions around the world and a million in the U.S., we’re wired – well, make that wireless – while on the go. More than half of U.S. adults own a smartphone and they use it every day for Internet searches, to visit social media sites, and to gather information.

That means you and your business communications will be seen and read over cell phones, smartphones or tablets. How do you make sure the messages matter for you and your company? Continue Reading

What Motivates People?

Tiffany Dahlbergby Tiffany Dahlberg

I get asked all the time, “How do I motivate people?” The simple answer is “Ask them what motivates them.” Everyone is motivated by different things in different situations. Since many people don’t understand why they are motivated or not, here is one simple theory that explains three possible reasons.

The Three (or Acquired) Needs Theory by David McClelland states that people are generally motivated by one or more of three needs that people acquire through life experiences and cultural influences: Continue Reading

Eat the Bananas!

D.J. Vanasby D.J. Vanas

Maybe you’ve been there. You go to the grocery store and get a nice, fresh bunch of bananas and proudly set them on your countertop at home. But, you think, “I’ve got time to eat them, they look so good, so fresh, I’ll just admire them for now.”  A couple of days pass and a few “banana freckles” appear. You want to eat one, but you’re not in the mood. You know you should eat one, but you don’t. After all, you’ve got time. Another few days go by and the bananas start turning brown. Now you want to throw them away, but they’re not completely rotten – not yet. They just sit there, looking at you. You are now experiencing “fruit guilt.” You start to wonder, why did you ever buy these in the first place? You wait until the bananas turn into little leathery brown tubes full of goo and either make banana bread or finally toss them and, guilt free, wash your hands of them!

The same idea applies in our lives when it comes to our visions. When we’re young, just starting a new career, job – or a New Year – we’re full of promise, hope and we’re buzzing with dreams about the road ahead. Time goes on, we encounter some resistance, get busy with the daily grind, family responsibilities or setbacks and our visions start to look a little aged – a little “freckled.”  We start to wonder why we ever dreamed such things in the first place.  More time goes by, we become older, are firmly grounded in our new normal and now, guilt free, we toss our dreams away.  Don’t do it!  Eat the bananas – follow your visions! Continue Reading

Top 3 Mistakes When Developing A Leadership Program

Tara Powersby Tara Powers

Over the past 15 years, I’ve developed a lot of leadership programs for a variety of companies. I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t to keep your leadership program sustainable over the long run and ensure that it gets results. The biggest mistakes that I see when developing a leadership program that you want to steer clear of are:

Mistake #1. Lack of Alignment

Be sure that your program and the leadership competencies that you are developing are tied directly to your company goals or vision of the future. Continue Reading

Innovation: Your “I Can’ts” Can Become Your Biggest Competitive Advantage

Avish Parasharby Avish Parashar

What can’t you do?

As a Motivational Improviser, I like to be positive, and one of my main messages is to focus on the things you can control and do.

Right now, however, I’d like to focus on the other side: all the things you feel you, your team, or your organization just can’t do.

“Why would you do that?” you might be asking. “Isn’t that negative? Won’t that just bring me down?”

It might, if you don’t do it right. However, when you follow a proper process, your “I can’ts” can become your biggest competitive advantage. Continue Reading

Expectations Are Everything

Tamara Kleinbergby Tamara Kleinberg

Have you ever had a horrible restaurant experience? The kind that makes you vow never to come back? Yea, me too. In fact I had one just the other weekend that taught me a valuable lesson.

It was a warm Saturday afternoon and the family and I decided to grab a quick bite after our hike. We drove into one of our favorite mountain towns, parked and headed into our favorite restaurant. They have the most amazing sweet potato fries. It was slammed. A combination of families like ours, bikers and tourists. Somehow we were slid in front of the dozens of other people waiting and given a table. That should have been my first red flag of what was to come. Continue Reading

Nine Ways to Waste Your Marketing Budget

Don Cooperby Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic™

Your company has too much money. I understand. It’s a common problem. Clearly, you need to get rid of some of it. But how?

Marketing!

But not just any marketing—it has to be bad marketing.

Because good marketing is actually an investment—it will generate more sales, making you more money. And you wouldn’t want that, now would you?

So here are nine ways to ensure your marketing dollars go straight down the drain.

1. Direct your marketing at the wrong people
Most people aren’t your buyers. Which means the broader you direct your message, the lower the odds that anyone will respond to it. Better yet, spend some money on research to determine who and where your ideal prospects are…and ignore it! Believe it or not, it’s a time-tested way to waste a marketing budget. Continue Reading