Posts Tagged ‘employee engagement’

Using Data to Build Employee Engagement

The data about employee engagement is impressive — and it’s not good. According to Gallup, approximately 70% of the American workforce is disengaged. The costs to the US economy range between $450 to $550 billion annually. It’s commonsense that dispirited and overworked employees are not productive. The question becomes how do we improve employee engagement?…

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How to Get People to Listen

Every person wants to be heard – and that is the foundation of employee engagement. That’s just how simple it is…or not. Leaders must create ways for people to contribute ideas, voice concerns or just confusion in order to engage employees.   Employee engagement has been a popular term for many years and it’s a worthy…

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10 Ways to Rock a Virtual Presentation

A good performer responds to and interacts with the audience.  So does a good presenter! Successful communication is interactive. It means that the message intended was the message received.  The only way to know that is to create interaction. It might be on a high-tech webinar platform or just a conference call, either way it’s important…

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4 Ways to Get Buy-In for Your Vision

“Hey, jump in my car – let’s go!”  You’d never do that without asking “Why and where are we going?”  We all need to know why and where. A vision is a destination – it’s just that simple. It’s your desired future state. It’s what you want your business to be. Every business and every…

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5 Must-Learn Lessons from Nike

Nike turned 50 this year. Many businesses don’t make it that long or are absorbed into larger enterprises by that time. Today, Nike is an estimated brand value of $19 billion and is the most valuable sports brand on the Forbes list. Lots of people are surprised to learn that it’s an Oregon company. If…

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3 Ways to Motivate Change

No matter how cool, calm and collected professionals may look or what they might be willing to admit, change makes them nervous. You might hear it in a tone of voice, see it in body language or sometimes hear it stated right up front. I recently had a conversation with a senior executive who has…

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Don’t be Late! Seriously, don’t be.

Of all the things that we’re willing to waste, I think for most of us, time is near the bottom of the list. So why do we waste other people’s time? Recently, I waited outside for a fellow professional – for 20 minutes. When she arrived, she muttered a half-hearted apology. Wow, after 20 minutes…

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Drowning in Data? A Story is your Lifeboat

Did you ever feel that you were swimming through waves of data? Have you left a presentation underwater in the ocean of metrics? As decisions are made, data is consulted – as it should be. Analytics persuade others which choice to make and there’s no shortage of it these days. It’s true that if we can’t measure…

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How to Create a Happy Q&A Session

Everyone dreads the Q&A session. The speaker dreads the questions that cannot be answered.  Complicated or hostile questions may be asked. The speaker will be put “on the spot.” Listeners dread the Q&A because it can get out of control. People can dominate the session and derail it. Yesterday, I was the victim of a…

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