It happens fairly regularly. I’ll hand my business card to someone, wait a beat, and watch them smile as they read my title - Chief Encouragement Officer.Read more
In Gary Larson’s famous cartoon, a student asks his teacher if he can be excused because his brain is full. It’s funny as a cartoon, but it is tragic, wasteful, and all-too-common in corporate training.Read more
Throughout my career, I’ve dabbled in the world of “new employee orientation.” I’ve shown really boring slides, helped new-hires decipher a myriad of insurance options, given office tours, and scheduled “meet-n-greets” with other employees and leaders. All of these activities have resulted in varying levels of effectiveness.
Effective new hire onboarding will be critical for employee retention and engagement in the future as demographic shifts significantly alter the talent landscape. America’s 80 million Baby Boomers will be succeeded in their roles by a cohort (Generation X) that is half their size, intensifying the competition among employers for top talent.
What is the first word that comes to mind when you look at the picture to the left? I won’t give it away yet, but I think it’s safe to say that most people, and specifically workplace employees, experience this with relative frequency.Read more
It has been said that “life imitates art.” In a similar vein, I would suggest that, in many respects, business imitates sport, notably major collegiate and professional athletics. Think about it. Business lexicon is rife with the use of sports jargon (e.g., goal line, slump, go deep, etc.) to describe business situations. It is quite common to see current and former athletes and coaches on the dais at business conferences. Pro sports created player free agentry. Business is perfecting it.Read more