Category: Engagement/Culture Building Tips

Better Together: 2 Keys to Employee Engagement

“Important question to get started here!” Deb Calvert said to the crowd attending the Leadership+Talent Development Summit in San Diego. “Chocolate or peanut butter?” Some shouts for chocolate rang out and some mumbles for peanut butter were sounded across the room, but when a few rogue attendees said, “both!”, Calvert’s eyes lit up. “Of course it’s both!” she said. “They are better together!”

Managers Are Killing Culture – But They Can Stop!

C. Lee Smith spoke to a sold-out crowd of 120 at the Leadership+Talent Development Summit today in San Diego. The CEO of SalesFuel is focused on culture to an obsessive degree. He’s also focused on fixing cultures for other organizations. “The thing about culture is you can’t fix culture without fixing the managers,” he began.

Do Your Recognition Programs Have the Right Stuff?

When employees do a great job, your managers may publicly praise them, and they may get a gift card or a bonus. This established pattern in most organizations certainly builds loyalty. But your recognition programs could be doing so much more.

Seven Tips for Establishing the Boundary Between Boss and Buddy

What is the appropriate boundary between being a boss and being a buddy? Use these seven tips to keep yourself on the right track.

Managers: Are You Avoiding Talking to Your Employees?

You’ve got strengths and weaknesses – things you like working on and things you’d like to never have to do again. If one of the tasks you find yourself avoiding is talking with your team members, you’ll have to address this problem.

Leaders: Are You Taking the High Road?

Michelle Obama famously coined the phrase, “when others go low, we go high.” She was talking politics, of course. As a manager, you can put this advice to good use during times of departmental and organizational conflict.

Leaders: Are You Truly Present?

Few leaders have been able to truly connect with and inspire people the way Bill Clinton does. How exactly does he pull this off?

What Are You Doing to Fix Your Company’s Toxic Culture?

It’s easy to imagine that workers are leaving because they’ve been lured by a competitor with a better salary and stock option deal. The truth is far more uncomfortable for employers to hear: employees often leave because of company culture.

Team Optimization: Becoming All You Can Be, Together

I don’t use the word “team” loosely. It is entirely different than work group, department, or any other description used for people who work next to one another. Literally or figuratively. Being part of a team connotes more than connected workflows.

How Do Managers at Your Company Show Gratitude?

As the winter holiday season approaches, we often take a minute to reflect on what we’re grateful for and what we’d like to improve on in the coming year. Business leaders should also be taking stock of which activities are creating the right culture at work. On soul2work.com, Scott Mabry suggests five ways leaders can highlight gratitude to improve the office environment.

Leadership Humility: Are You Strong Enough?

Many mistakenly believe that being humble is a sign of weakness. We associate the word, “humility,” with other words that are unfair attachments to the true meaning of humility.

Are You Guilty of This Top Management Sin?

We know you don’t mean any harm. You’re probably trying to help your team members, but in the long run, you’re limiting their professional development.

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