Patty McCord – Ted Talk

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the … Continue reading Patty McCord – Ted Talk

Brené All Day…

I’ve recently done a deep dive into the work of Brené Brown. Brené is a researcher, author and speaker who teaches about whole heartedly daring to live authentically and vulnerably. While that summation might sound a little “new-age”, she applies the tenets of her philosophy quite pragmatically. Her most recent book, Dare to Lead, is … Continue reading Brené All Day…

What Not to do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team

It’s a leader’s job to create a recognition-rich environment in which those they lead choose to give their best. This article not only looks at ways managers can properly motivate their team, but also examines motivation techniques that may come off as insincere to your employees. https://hbr.org/2018/07/what-not-to-do-when-youre-trying-to-motivate-your-team   This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: … Continue reading What Not to do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team

How to Stop Saying, “Um, Ah, and You Know”

Um...Ah...Like...So.....I am very guilty of using these crutch words when speaking and have vowed to stop leaning on them. The following article explains how these crutch words can jeopardize a speaker's impact and how we can eliminate them from our vocabulary.   https://hbr.org/2018/08/how-to-stop-saying-um-ah-and-you-know   This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: SDA Dallas, Amber Slajer

Anticipate – Identify – Meet (Cont.)

In my last Talking Tuesday, I referenced A I M (Anticipate, Identify, Meet). Here is a continuation of that general concept. What is quality? Depends on what the defining characteristics and needs are that the “quality” is trying to meet.  For example: you have a Styrofoam cup, a drinking glass and a wine glass. Ask … Continue reading Anticipate – Identify – Meet (Cont.)

Communication – A Key Ingredient

Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to have a positive, engaging conversation. Unfortunately, due to our increasing distractions and decreasing role models of a good talk, effective communication (the in person, one-on-one type!) continues to be a challenge in our daily interactions. Staying engaged and practicing effective listening skills can make the difference between … Continue reading Communication – A Key Ingredient