Gold Stars Are Free! Employee Recognition and Empowerment

When you were little, remember the teacher saying, “Good Job!” And remember how you felt when your test came back with a BIG GOLD STAR? WOW! Recognition! It’s one of the most powerful motivators we have. Your employees may have certificates, trophies, and plaques all over their desks and walls. But why does it seem that it is typically the … Read More

Have Your Employees Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’?

What makes an employee happy? What makes them miserable? To a great extent, the answer to both questions is their own attitude. Beyond that, it’s Management’s attitude. Patrick Lencioni, author of the New York Times best selling book “The Three Signs of a Miserable Job”, provides insight into how the attitude and actions of the management team impacts whether an … Read More

Engaging the New Millennial (Gen-Y) Workforce

I am going to confess upfront that I’m a Baby Boomer. I like being known as the group that questioned authority and highly influenced corporate reform. I enjoy being a member of a group that is strong in number and continues to impact and redefine how life is lived. We are the largest group in the workforce….uh, until now. Millennials, … Read More

How Compliments Help Motivate and Find Value In Others

(This article was originally published in 2009 and is even more applicable today.) Free Compliments! What a great idea! Bummed out by all of the negativity on the airwaves regarding world affairs and the economy, two sophomores at Purdue University in Indiana took to the streets to make a difference by doling out compliments and brightening the days of passing … Read More