She Made Me Better

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After graduating college, my first real professional experience was in a nationwide retail-clothing store. Having worked there part-time during school, I was afforded the opportunity upon graduation to become a manager in the home store of our District Manager (DM). As an hourly associate I had heard the horror stories about the DM but I […]

Keep Smiling, Keep Singing, It’s Okay to Whistle While You Work!

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“Quit singing and get back to work!” “Settle down! Don’t you have work to do?” “This work is serious so take it seriously!”  “I don’t appreciate that you and your team are always laughing and carrying on with everyone else.” Four statements.   Four assumptions.    Four reasons to make my blood boil. The first statement was […]

Enthusiasm and Its Impact on Performance

Enthusiasm and Its Impact on Performance

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We all motivate others at some point in our careers. Our methodology gives us the power to spark creativity or, just as easily, hinder the individual and/or groups performance. Our goal should be to nurture the embers of dedication in an effort to spark the flame of creativity. Then, as that flame burns brightly, we should support it in the hope of creating an inferno of productivity.

If You Can’t “Identify” Talent, You’ll Never Be Able To “Manage” It

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“Talent”  & “Talent Management” These are the latest overused industry buzzwords…but what do they mean? I had a supervisor who claimed she was “managing talent” and insisted I take numerous courses on timekeeping, accounting, and finance even though it was obvious I had no aptitude whatsoever with numbers or money. The result? Thousands of dollars were spent in an attempt […]

A 7-Point Employee Evaluation Checklist

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Today’s post is from guest blogger Wes Houston. You can find Wes’ bio at the bottom of the post. Employee Assessments Benefit Both Worker and Supervisor Employee assessments benefit both employee and supervisor. The employee realizes information about themselves, not previously realized and they give managers insight into the employee’s mindset. This provides a foundation […]

Tell Me You Want Me

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I’m not afraid to admit it…I like country music. (I’ll give you time to judge me before you read on…) The song “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes resonates with many on a personal level but in reality, it can be applied to our professional lives as well. Think of Employee Engagement and how feeling wanted is a strong motivator. Think of Employee […]

note to self: play bigger

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It’s difficult to get to middle age without learning a few things. Of course, I often forget the lessons and sometimes have to learn them over (and over) again. Now is one of those times and I find myself (re)learning several things at once. Maybe you can relate. First is a growing sense of mortality. Though […]