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Create A Workplace Where Your Employees Thrive

December 20, 2013
Create A Workplace Where Your Employees Thrive

As the year of 2013 draws to an end, our eyes dart to the calendar and the beginning of 2014. It gives one pause to think what has worked in business and what needs to be filtered out. One aspect of consideration is: employee retention. Is your company one that attracts new ideas, innovations, energy, vitality and new team members? If the answer is no, it’s worth your time in finding ways to step in the right direction of a positive workplace.

In order for your employees to feel valuable, here are a few tips:

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Secrets In Getting More For Your Training Dollar

May 7, 2013

Note:  Consider viewing the article pre-empting this post titled, “The Cost of Team Building

Once we schedule a trainer/facilitator/speaker for your program, to a great extent, longer programs don’t really cost you, the client, that much more.  The difference in the fees for a 2 hour are 4 hour program, at least for us, is nominal at best.  The cost difference between a 6 and 8 hour program is typically minimal.  Fees generally begin adding up when a client desires a four hour program however wishes to start at 9am and include a Continue reading

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The Cost of Team Building

May 7, 2013

The goal of the following piece is straight forward – we seek to provide enough information to help you get the exact teambuilding or other employee development program you seek at the price you want to pay – or at least a price you see as fair value.  And, it has been our client’s experience that the cost was less than they expected. When you’re looking for a program, the best piece of advise is to shop it!

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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.

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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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What is Team Building?

February 25, 2013

When we think of the concept of team building there are many different visions that may pop into our heads. We might envision quick and fun activities designed to help members bond, or interactive day-long retreats where members participate in some type of complex interactions with each other or something in the middle of these two. In determining which type of activities that should be presented to help build our team, we must first look at why team building is important and what our team might be lacking.

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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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How Important is Trust in our Teams?

April 3, 2012

Without trust there is little incentive to commit or to develop camaraderie, morale is diminished, there is less inducement to collaborate, there is unwarranted risk to open communication, there is doubt, there is an unwillingness to take risk, there is limited dialogue and without sufficient dialogue, productivity falters. Without trust there is failure.

How important is trust? CRITICAL. On a scale of 1-10, perhaps a 12. Team members operating in a trusting environment experience greater quality of life which stems from functioning in safe, supportive surrounding which produce positive psychological benefits associated with being a part of a wining or Continue reading

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