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5 Simple Steps to Goal Setting

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I’ve received several requests to write something about “goals.” So, I’m happy to share with you the five steps that I use for goal achievement. If you’re like me and need an occasional nudge in the right direction, this simple formula can be helpful: Write down your goal – make sure it is specific, measurable, time-bound and fits who you are (i.e. does the goal energize you or leave you feeling unmotivated, is the goal… Read More

Employee Engagement

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According to a recent survey by Cornerstone OnDemand – since the economy went south, the workforce has become an employer’s market. With jobs still scarce, businesses do not have to worry much about employees looking elsewhere if they are not happy. As a result, many employers have created an environment in which employees do not feel they are valued by their organizations or its leaders…an almost unspoken agreement has emerged where employers feel they do… Read More

(DIS)•Honesty

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Good leaders understand the power of honesty.  They work to share information and provide feedback to their direct reports, colleagues and superiors. This type of transparency promotes collaboration and a sense of team cohesion. It also provides a mechanism to hardwire desirable behaviors and an opportunity to correct “missteps.” In fact, without honesty teams and work groups would not be able to develop the level of trust necessary to sustain satisfactory productivity. But, what should… Read More

Technology-Based Learning

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In a study of more than 230 organizations, Novations Group found that companies are relying more on technology-based learning methods both in response to budget constraints as well as changing learner preferences (i.e. younger generations have a preference for accessing learning on-demand and in bite-sized formats). While the shift from traditional to technology-based classrooms has reduced travel and overall cost-per-employee expenses, they also require more pre and post-work, greater use of assessments and shorter programs.… Read More

From the Bookshelf: A Must Read!

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At The Workplace Coach, we loved Pink’s insights into motivation. He writes about finding that “sweet spot” where profit maximization and purpose maximization meet. (By the way, that’s exactly what coaching helps people and business achieve.) Pink says that “Motivation 3.0” demands engagement (think collaboration, partnering or coaching) rather than antiquated ‘carrot and stick’ compliance based motivation. Only engagement can provide mastery or a mindset where both individuals and businesses seek purpose — a cause… Read More

Measure

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Good leaders identify key success factors and measure them because they know what gets measured becomes a priority and is achieved. Measuring quality, financials, leadership competencies or performance allow you to meet goals with more precision — keeping a visible score card on your progress can help keep everyone on a team focused and apprised of progress. Practice by identifying the top 5 areas you want to measure and create goals around. Then create a… Read More

Accountability

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Good leaders hold themselves and others accountable. They hold themselves accountable by telling others what they are committing to and asking them check in periodically regarding status and results. Likewise, they hold others accountable by following up or asking them to check in at various milestones. Simple requests such as “Will you email me with your plan by Thursday morning,?” Or “Let’s touch base in two weeks with a status update” add structure and support… Read More