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Employee Training, Team building, Motivation, Change Management

Overcoming Obstacles at Work

February 26, 2014
Overcoming Obstacles at Work

You overhear your staff in the break room bemoaning the latest tasks at hand and how impossible the challenge ahead appears to be… 

As a leader it is important to stay above the negativity and encourage your employees to excel in the face of adversity. However, supporting employee and team motivation is easier said than done. Creating a culture of overcoming obstacles, flexibility and competence is something that is learned, not automatic. It is important to provide your team with tools within the organization and division so that they can make competent decisions.

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3 Reasons Why Teambuilding is Important

January 27, 2014
3 Reasons Why Teambuilding is Important

Your company is cutting costs for 2014 and you have experienced the cutbacks firsthand. Maybe they were instilled via your leadership… On the topic of necessity, one might see the costs associated with team building and employee motivation activities frivolous and unnecessary. While it is important to evaluate the must-have expenses for a company to succeed, there might be more return on your team-building and employee motivation investment than you think.


When you have invested time and resources in an employee, it’s in the company’s best interest to have them stick around- and like it. Many studies show Continue reading

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Holiday Team Building

November 18, 2013
Holiday Team Building

Oftentimes the holidays can be a point of extra weight and stress- especially in the workplace as employees juggle the tension of workload, shopping budgets and social obligations. Many employers are considering how they can inspire, improve productivity and even bless their workers during the holiday season. There are a few ways that you can impact the team for the better over the coming months:

Give Back
If not already doing so, offer employees the option to contribute to a non-profit. There are ways that the one-time or ongoing donation can simply withdraw from their paycheck, making the reduction much Continue reading

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Staying Motivated And On Point

March 26, 2013

Helping Our Employees Stay Motivated and On Point.

Unemployment – close to 8% nationally and one of the highest rates in 25 years. Wage cuts, layoffs, reductions, and yes, the mention of corporate corruption in every issue of every newspaper and magazine we pick up. Company stock prices have fallen, many times detrimentally effecting savings and retirement accounts to say the least of foregone company stock option plans. We have been directed to do more with less – less manpower, less budget, seemingly less everything. And there’s a feeling that somebody needs to be blamed.

It is tough to get Continue reading

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Elements of a High Performance Team

March 10, 2013

I wish there were only one, two or even three characteristics of a high performance team.  That would make describing them perhaps acquiring such attributes somehow easier.  But it’s just not that easy – but it isn’t that hard either!  No doubt this list is not all-inclusive, however I would suggest it would be difficult to find a high performing team without each of these attributes.

Mission driven team members: Possessed more than a mere goal, they possessed a vision of their future and they conducted themselves with inexplicable energy.
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Service Engine (Team) Soon

September 7, 2012

Recently I was driving the family car when I noticed a “warning” light appear on the dash – “Service Engine Soon”.  Alarmed, I immediately called my neighborhood mechanic.  He advised me that while it could be numerous things, with the quick use of a diagnostic tool they possessed, and through the use of some “uniform trouble codes”, they should be able to uncover the problem and have my car back to me no time.

Wow.  I wonder if they have such a tool for troubled teams. One that spits outs generally understood “uniform trouble codes” to Continue reading

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Top 6 Signs Your Team Lacks Trust

August 15, 2012
  1. Finger pointing. ( And I’m not making reference to any profane middle finger pointing).  Rather an instinct to blame others.  Many times it can occur on a macro level  – it wasn’t us it was Accounting, or Shipping, or Marketing, or Operations.  “It was Sales that promised we could deliver with 2 hours!”.
  2. Team members start looking out for themselves and “me” becomes the accepted motivator over “we”. 
  3. Lack of confidence.  When a commitment is made to read a report, return a phone call, respond to an email or attend a meeting – Continue reading
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Employee Motivation – The Magic of Believing

June 5, 2012

What prevents us from achieving our dreams?

“…I’m not old enough to play baseball or football. I’m not eight yet. My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren’t going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation. I told Mom I wouldn’t need to run that fast. When I play baseball, I’ll just hit them out of the park. Then I’ll be able to walk.” (Origin unknown)

I’ll take attitude over skill in the workplace almost without the exception. (One exception might be if I ever need some form of surgery, I would prefer Continue reading

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