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Someone Was Thinking About Me!

June 21, 2014


When it comes to showing concern for employees, the perception may be more important than the demonstration. We all like stuff. We like new things. We desire improvement in our environment. Being the recipient of new toys and tools will often give us renewed energy, especially if we have a positive perception of why the […]

Employee Appreciation is Not an Event

July 30, 2013


Another Administrative Professionals’ Day has come and gone with astonishing success. She was treated to a delightful lunch at Olive Garden. Fresh salad, warm bread sticks, iced tea, pleasant small talk and her favorite Italian dish was on the menu—Chicken Parmigiana. Thought not one to normally eat dessert at lunch, the tiramisu was the darling […]

The Humble Posture of Learning

January 8, 2013


As I write, the news is reporting Lance Armstrong is contemplating admitting using performance-enhancing drugs. Whether or not Armstrong admits failure, and regardless of why he may finally confess to his wrong, many will welcome the admission of guilt. Owning up to our failures, mistakes and gross lies can be freeing. It can also be […]

One Meaningful Way to Show Your Employees You Care

December 6, 2012


Sitting in the classroom that evening with about 15 other HR professionals, I would not have thought I would hear two stories within the next 36 hours that would so vividly reinforce the training I was receiving—but I did. The speaker was Allan Kennedy, the Senior Project Manager for Employee Engagement with AT&T. His topic […]

7 Things Every Newly Hired Employee Must Do

August 28, 2012


In anticipation of my daughter’s first day on a new job I wanted to give her something memorable. So instead of going to the local Hallmark, I logged onto and purchased a used copy of Michael Watkins’s The First 90 Days—a book about Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels. Inside the […]

What Seinfeld Teaches Us About Employee Appreciation

April 24, 2012


Well informed managers, CEOs, HR Professionals and business owners know effective Employee Appreciation pays off in better customer service ratings, less turnover, higher productivity and increased profit.  The key, however, is knowing how to provide Effective Employee Appreciation. An episode from Seinfeld illustrates how our appreciation must be personalized in order to be effective. In […]

The Emotionally Intelligent Manager

November 14, 2010


I recently shared with the Accountant at our firm that it might be good if she was in a negative mood while working. While I said this in jest, there was an element of truth behind my remark. I made this comment shortly after reading The Emotionally Intelligent Manager by David R. Caruso & Peter Salovey. […]