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How to fully engage staff in 5 easy conversations

Did you know that only a fraction of your staff bring their ‘A Game’ to work every day? According to companies like Aon Hewitt and the Gallup Organization, this number is about one in five. The rest? At best they are bringing their B or C games to work—at worst their main goal is to keep from getting fired. This is the employee engagement crisis we now find ourselves in.


Four principles for staying cool under pressure

We all ask ourselves the same desperate question from time to time:

How am I going to make this work?

“No matter how well we’ve done laying the groundwork for everything to run smoothly – becoming educated, choosing the right spouse, treating others well -- we all face situations that challenge us,” says Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon known as “the Michael Jordan of lung surgery.”

“If we can keep our cool and adhere to some basic principles, we can not only meet any challenge – we can perform with excellence.”


Twelve self-motivation tips

Can you imagine your life as you want it to be? Great!

Are you stalled in getting there? Take heart—you have it within you to succeed. These 12 tips will help.

1. Wake up with an attitude of appreciation. Why? Because you woke up!  Asked “How are you today?” your answer should be “fantastic, excellent or great.” G.R.E.A.T. stands for Getting Really Excited About Today. You are excited because you woke up—you can see, hear, walk, talk… Today could be your last day. Why not make it the greatest day of your life?


Six tips to help professionals take leaps of faith

T.S. Eliot famously said "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." This could not ring more true in business, with risk often propelling professionals and businesses to new heights. But, risk is often out of our comfort zone and many are reluctant to take those barrier-shattering leaps of faith.


Applying military principles to business risk

The concept to take more business risk is a counter intuitive principle to most organizations. There is a risk management industry as well as a risk management department, whose sole task is to understand, plan and mitigate risk across the entire business enterprise. So, how can taking more risk be good for business?


Improving quality of life in your business

If you find yourself listening to co-workers complain at work, you’re not alone. A recent Harris poll found that 80 percent of workers feel stressed about one or more things in the workplace. Feelings of persistent high stress among workers have been shown to be related to negative outcomes including personal and professional burnout, absenteeism, lower productivity and lower job satisfaction.


Identify your employees by the theory of 21

There are two types of people in the world: the “20’s” and the “21’s”. The 20’s are those people who consistently declare that anything new cannot, should not or will not be done. The 21’s are those people who look for ways of making things happen – even those things considered to be impossible by others.


Succeed with an abundance mentality

Have you ever worked with someone who had a scarcity mentality? In other words, they believed that if someone else was successful then there was less opportunity for them? Their whole belief system was one of winning at all costs even at the expense of friends, colleagues, customers and even family members. They had a win:lose outlook on business and life in general.


Cracking the code to innovation

Everyone says they want innovation in their organization, but when an ambitious employee offers it to a CEO, for example, the idea is often shot down. Senior leaders often miss the value-creating potential of a new concept because they either don’t take the time to really listen and delve into it, or the innovating employee presents it in the wrong way.


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