Posts tagged: mentoring

Avoid New Employee BORE-ientation

new employee orientation

According to the training firm Leadership IQ, “46% of rookies wash out in their first 18 months.” This was found by a study done over 3 years of 20,000 new hires. This could be due to the fact that those new hires are not clearly told what they were hired to do or what their goals should be for the first six months and the first year.[lede]
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Team Vampires – How to Stop the Bite of Negativity At Work


Halloween is just around the corner. My daughters are picking out their ghoulish costumes … one a princess and the other a dead bride (gulp). Seems as kids get older the scarier their costumes get, my princess is 5 and my bride is 10. By the time kids become adults they can get even scarier — some even become Vampires, and they wear their costume to work, everyday.

The changing season got me thinking about how to deal with those Team Vampires and stop their bite of negativity at work. Read more ›

The Power of Communication | Helen Keller


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”- Helen Keller

Inspirational quotes often come from those who break down barriers and paved the way for others. These quotes can inspire an entire team or an individual, but their historical contexts are always important to remember.

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To Be a Team is To Be Selfless

team inspiration from coach k

“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”- Mike Krzyzewski

Sometimes all a team needs is to be inspired to be the best they can be. Team bonding quotes have the power to motivate a team and lead them to success.

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Remember the Wordless Wednesday question we posted on the hump-day?

We asked: “According to the National Retail Federation, how much money have families with school-age children been projected to spend on preparing for back to school?”

I’m sure the parents out there remember this question. I doubt they’d be shocked at the answer either.
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Go from good to great: get to know your team!

Know your team to lead your team.


Have you ever worked at a place where you felt like just a cog in the machine? Where your voice didn’t matter and upper management wouldn’t give you the time of day?

That kind of work situation isn’t fun and it really doesn’t ensure longevity. I mentioned appreciation in my last post because it really can’t be stressed enough.

Those in a leadership role have a lot of responsibilities, one of the most important is employees.

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Innovation in Companies: Reward Failure & Get Results!

innovation in companies

In business and in life, people are rewarded and praised for success, which creates a culture where we don’t learn from failure.

This deprioritizes innovation in companies. Plus, you may end up repeating those mistakes.

Years of research has led Laurence Weinzimmer, Bradley University management professor, to conclude that businesses that are accepting of mistakes have better employee and financial performance.

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Building a Team: Storming

building a team survivors

Sometimes building a team can feel like being on Survivor Island, with everyone fighting to make sure their strategy will win out in the end.

Let’s say you’re a couple of weeks into your new assignment, and your team has made it through the ‘Getting to Know You’, or Forming, phase of your group’s journey. What comes next!? Well, according to Tuckman’s Model of Group Development (and Murphy’s Law) the next phase is generally one of upheaval and conflict – (cue ominous music) ‘Storming’.

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