Meetings are where productivity goes to die. We hop on our hamster wheel and run from meeting to meeting, getting little to nothing accomplished for our time invested. It’s an unsustainable business practice that sucks joy out of the workplace…. Read More»
Without trust extraordinary results aren’t possible. Without trust and extraordinary results workplace optimism is absent. Without workplace optimism talented people stay away from or leave companies. What’s left? Mediocre results, missed goals and unhappy people.
Workplace optimism is not a viewpoint or belief system. It’s a cultural vibe that influences a positive work experience.
The outcomes of workplace optimism deepen and expand trust. Let’s look at the relationship…. Read More»
When you listen to Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt talk about the Social Age, you begin to understand how influential it is. The Social Age is marked by a degree of transparency that if leveraged for good can help brands thrive in the marketplace. The Social Age gives customers a voice unlike any other time […] Read more… Read More»
Why write a piece on how to create a toxic workplace? I want readers to have labels that make it easier to identify toxic behaviors that undermine people’s abilities to do their best work. When we can label something, we can more easily address the problem.
The list below doesn’t include some of the more obvious examples of toxic work environments: yelling, public tantrums, passive-aggressive behaviors, or controlling behaviors…. Read More»
(Can’t listen to the podcast? Check it out here) According to start-up CEO David Hassell of 15Five, his company’s why is to create a space for people to be their best selves. This is certainly a far cry from the doldrums of many organizations that advocate conformity to a corporate ideal. 15Five draws a line […] Read more… Read More»
What would happen if you looked at your job as a way of doing good in the world? What if you looked beyond the day-to-day activities you do and shifted your focus to the impact they have?
These are actions of someone who does great work. But what is great work and what does it look like?… Read More»
Professor and author Zeynep Ton (coolest name ever!) is passionate about helping businesses understand how to create a good job strategy. These are jobs that help the business grow through investing in employees. It’s a people first approach…. Read More»
Our personal growth is key to finding joy in our work, and a colleague of mine descriptively said this once: “If you’re green, you’re growing. If you’re ripe, you’re rotting.” I think that’s a pretty descriptive way of saying, “You know what? We’ve got to be in a constant state of growth and reflecting on where we are and where we want to go.” I think we owe it to ourselves to be in this growth loop throughout our career. I’ve heard managers say to me, “Well, I don’t need any more training,” or, “I don’t need any more coaching because I’m a manager now.” You’re never done growing…. Read More»
According to business owner, designer and author Brian Sooy, a business must know what it stands for to make a difference. In this episode of Work That Matters, Shawn explores with Brian what the elements are to be a business that is clear on what it stands for – what it’s cause it. We dip into Brian’s book Raise Your Voice to guide the conversation…. Read More»
“We all become the stories we tell ourselves,” says Tom Asacker. Also, how people are influenced and how behaviors are changed is rooted in their belief system. So, belief plays a key role in business outcomes and causing change…. Read More»