How to Improve Employee Engagement, Even If You’re Not the Boss

It’s two weeks after the WorkHuman conference, and my mind is still buzzing with thoughts from the great speakers. One of the most prevalent themes for me was the concept of individuals themselves being responsible for their own employee engagement. This wasn’t explicitly called out by any of the speakers, so it may be my bias, as I work …

Leading Change in a WorkHuman Way

A week ago today, I was at the WorkHuman Conference, hosted by Globoforce. Today, as I was facilitating a workshop on Leading Innovation and Change, I was still basking in conference afterglow. Workhuman was packed with insights with some of today’s best thought leaders. Since my workshop was about Leading Change, I thought I’d share some …

Leadership is Not About Making Time To Lead

One of the most common obstacles I hear from leaders who say they want to improve their leadership impact is that they simply don’t have time. They don’t have time to have weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one conversations. They don’t have time to have team meetings. They don’t have time to spend reflecting on how they have demonstrated …

Why I Don’t Throw Parties When People Leave

Once upon a time, I had a job that I loved. I was fully engaged. Talk about discretionary effort – I invested all of my effort! I was positive and happy. I had many “best friends” at work. I knew that my role contributed to the bigger picture and that every day I was making an impact. I loved it. Then things changed. It didn’t …

Do Your Customers Love You Enough to Send Pizza? #TwitterLove

In case you missed it, last week, Twitter celebrated their 10 year anniversary. The hashtag, #TwitterLove trended and as part of the celebration, the three founders, Ev Williams, Biz Stone, and Jack Dorsey, participated in a reflective discussion about Twitter’s roots, their experiences as founders, and many stories of the Twitter-verse community. …

How to make the corporate world more human… in 6 simple steps!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the de-humanization of the work world over the past number of years. I know I’m not alone in seeing a lack of humanity in the corporate world. So much so that the word “corporate” has become the most anti-human word in the english vocabulary. Last year, I asked people on Facebook and LinkedIn …

What’s Your Legacy? A Visionary Founder’s Passing Has Me Thinking…

A few days ago, the founder of the company where I started my career passed away. Paul Jeffery was a true entrepreneur and visionary. He founded Kelsey’s and Montana’s restaurants and created the organization where I learned how awesome culture and work could be. His legacy is strong, and impacted thousands. There is so much I could say …

How One Leader Took “Happiness” Away from Human Resources

There is a lot of discussion these days about the impact of happiness on workplace engagement and productivity. In Shawn Achor’s book., The Happiness Advantage, he shares findings about the impact of Happiness – that it leads to a 23% reduction in stress and 31% increase in productivity. (Shawn Achor is speaking at WorkHuman in May – …