How Gratitude Leads to Success

How Gratitude Leads to Success

What exactly is Gratitude?  It’s the quality of being thankful.   So often “life gets in the way” of focusing on what we are grateful for and our minds become overtaken by frustration and what we do not have.  However, its easy to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and research continues to show that creating a positive work environment improves all business metrics and puts your organization on the fast track for success.  

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Pull It Together:
Your "Hot" Head May Be Destroying Your Company

Pull It Together: <br/>  Your "Hot" Head May Be Destroying Your Company

Many people think leaders succeed due to power and position, it is continuously proven that Emotional Intelligence is a key attribute of empowered leaders.  Yet sadly, its one that many leaders lack.  Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand what others are experiencing emotionally using self-awareness and self-management as a guide. The ability to be perceptively in tune with yourself and your emotions, as well as having sound situational awareness is an essential skill for leading a successful team.

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The Secret to Attaining and Retaining Top Employees

The Secret to Attaining and Retaining Top Employees

Your company is looking to grow and instead of feeling like a time of excitement, finding the right people has become a HUGE chore.

You’re inundated with resumes that don’t fit the bill – you wonder, did anyone even read the job post?  You’re back and forth with HR and it now feels that there is some internal battle brewing – they have their favorites and you’re not happy with anyone.

The success or failure of a new hire often begins with their first point of contact during the hiring process.  All points of contact are vital since they showcase your company’s core values and are a strong indicator of what’s in store.

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Building Your Next Generation Strategy: Empowering Millennials

Building Your Next Generation Strategy:  Empowering Millennials

Too often millennials get a bad rap.  They are often told they are lazy, entitled, unfocused and disloyal.

But that’s not generally true.  It’s just that they have a different outlook on life (and work) than previous generations.  They have redefined the meaning of success, personally and professionally for themselves.  They are the future of our country and your business, so continually hosting an internal culture clash isn’t going to help.  So it behooves us to understand them better and know how to work with, instead of against them.

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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Vacation From a Stressful Job

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Vacation From a Stressful Job

On their death bed, no one ever said "I wish I spent more vacation time checking email."

Time away from work is vital to recharging your battery.  When you’re constantly “going” it becomes very easy to get into auto pilot mode, rushing from one task to the next.   This isn’t healthy for you or your organization.  “Our brains never have the bandwidth to actually recharge or rejuvenate” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage.  Time away from the office is essential for us all to refuel our passions and recharge our batteries.

Feeling like you have to be “on” 24/7 leads to overwhelm, stress and burnout.  Counter to intuition, it decreases productivity and innovation and increases absenteeism and burnout.    So taking time away from work is essential for you to be more productive at work.   And for many of us, it’s important to understand, vacation is NOT working remotely from the beach.

 

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Some Lifesaving Tips... For Death by Meetings

Some Lifesaving Tips... For Death by Meetings

If you’re like me or pretty much anyone else in corporate America, you’ve suffered through endless hours of information overload, a rotation of long-winded blowhards in love with hearing themselves speak, also known in organizations as “meetings”. At times you feel captive for days, weeks and even months.

When used properly, meetings can be vastly productive. Bringing people together is important and beneficial.  Brainstorming, with the right team, is powerful.  Personal interaction drives collaboration and innovation which are vital for businesses to grow.   But it must be done effectively.

We can help!

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Do Your Customer Stay or Stray?

Do Your Customer Stay or Stray?

Leaders, can you honestly say that you and your team are doing best by your customers? Do you focus on their needs or your needs?  Do you have internal conversations about how to make their lives better, easier, more positive and fulfilling?  If you’re not, its negatively impacting your growth and helping your competitors.

Here are five areas where you can genuinely show your customers how much you really care.

 

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LEADERS – Are you the “Real Deal” or a “Wanna Be”?

LEADERS – Are you the “Real Deal” or a “Wanna Be”?

There is a HUGE difference between an Empowered Leader (The Real Deal) and a Boss (“Wanna Be”). I'm amazed how often people use those words interchangeably when they are actually so different.

I have worked with both Real and Wanna Be Leaders. The difference between the two is immediately palpable. Empowered Leaders know that to work well with others, they need to quickly earn their respect and more importantly, give that respect back. It’s inspiring to see what positive energy does to boost employee engagement, productivity and profits. On the other hand, Bosses often motivate through fear and the only respect they have is for their own time and agenda.

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Stop Your Top Talent Before They Walk Out The Door

Stop Your Top Talent Before They Walk Out The Door

At this time of year, many people are talking resolutions. Finding a new job is often at the top of the list.

Won't you be disappointed when one of your top employees walks in to tell you she's leaving to go to a competitor? Few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.

Here are a few ideas to ensure your workplace is extraordinary which makes it easy to attain and retain top talent.

 

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Thanks, But No Thanks
We'll Pass on that Culture Thing

Thanks, But No Thanks <br/>We'll Pass on that Culture Thing

 

What is vital for leaders to understand is that your employees are not faceless drones. They are humans that have needs and desires. When you treat them well, they make your company stronger.

Our research at Ignite, as well as that of our colleagues, has proven time and time again that the more employees feel their needs are being met at work, the better they perform.  A recent Randstad study reinforces that a winning culture focused around core values is important to cultivate engaged and productive employees.

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HR policies to Kick to the Curb: Ring in 2016 with a Foundation for a Winning Culture

HR policies to Kick to the Curb:                   Ring in 2016 with a Foundation for a Winning Culture

What do your organization's HR policies say about you?  
The HR policies your organization creates and enacts speak volumes about how you treat, or intend to treat your employees. As an employee, you ideally want to work in an environment which is respectful and treats you like a responsible adult. Unfortunately, many organizations still have HR policies which are antiquated, insulting and inhibit Happiness at Work.
Where Do Yours Stand?

 

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Quick Tips:
Jump Right In to Create A Great Place To Work

Quick Tips:<br/>Jump Right In to Create A Great Place To Work

reat Move! Join the thousands of companies that use their winning culture as a competitive advantage! Look at Starbucks, Zappos, Southwest Airlines, Jet Blue, and Google that are known for their great cultures. This translates into an optimal customer experience, a great work environment and higher profits than their competitors.

We're glad you get the “WHY”. This is the “HOW”.

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