3 reasons why career planning is like chess and basketball

My soon to be eleven-year-old son was off to school early this week for chess club when a thought occurred to me, chess and basketball are a lot alike. I should explain that my son plays basketball, which is why the two seemly separate thoughts collided. As I considered this more, I also realized that…

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How knowing your Strengths will improve employee engagement

I’VE WRITTEN AN UPDATED POST HERE. It’s that time of year again. If you are like most employees you have already started the process of looking back on this past year and assessing your performance or your team’s performance. Did you accomplish your goals? What can you improve upon for next year? What can your…

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Top 3 reasons why I like Pinterest

Whether you like social media or not, it is here to stay. Like anything else it can be a source for good or bad depending upon how it is used. One thing is certain however, social media will continue to evolve and take on new and different forms over the coming years. Regardless of the…

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3 simple steps to getting your employees engaged

We hear about employee engagement a lot these days.  But what is it really and why does it matter?  Searching on the internet provides a variety of explanations.  Wikipedia, for example, explains that employee engagement is a business management concept and that: “An “engaged employee” is one who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about…

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Why a lack of vision results in low employee engagement

Throughout my career, I have heard leaders misuse and confuse these three simple words; vision, strategy, and actions.  Some believe that vision and strategy are the same, interchangeable, if you will. Others think that by simply taking “action” they are being strategic.  The reality is that the three words are complimentary and must be executed…

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