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Declare Your Independence

If you want your team to perform a certain way, you're going to have to let them know what that way looks like. And, you're going to have to reinforce it over time - through regular meetings, encouragement, and occasionally even corrections or w...


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Setting Clear Expectations - A Key to Better Employee Engagement

Management training shows how to establish, write and communicate clear job performance expectations effectively and create a solid basis for appraisal and performance management efforts. Setting performance expectations...


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Creating the Right Work Environment

Employee engagement isn't controlled by an on-off switch. Instead, you'll find that most people will thrive in certain environments, and will flounder or become frustrated in others. While much of this fit is personal, there is a lot you can do


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What Handicap??

The following are some excerpts and highlights from an article posted to the internet on March 31, 2015, entitled "6 Inspiring Stories of Overcoming Adversity". This just hits the highlights! If you're a baseball fan-and...


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Welcome Inspiration from an Unexpected Source

Iowa High School Wrestler Forfeits to Honor Opponent Who Died by Bob James Just days before Christmas, an Iowa high school wrestler collapsed during a match and died hours later. During the...


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Persistence And An Unwavering Will To Succeed!

In my home area of Peoria, IL and the surrounding communities in this metro area many folks now more than ever remember to give thanks for those very things. Why? Because November is the month two years ago when the community of Washingto...


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Don't Fall Back on Employee Engagement

Times have changed. And so have some of the attributes that make great leaders to guide us through these challenging times. Now, more than ever, the world at work and everywhere needs and is looking for leaders to show us the way.
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No Excuses

One of the key elements of successful people in all walks of life seems to be their amazing capacity for focus, clear goals, determination, the willingness and ability to learn and adapt as things change or circumstances out of their control come int...


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WHO'S THE CUSTOMER??

While on a very recent working vacation out in my home away from home, Colorado, I was reminded of that first hand. And in line with that need for change in order to positively impact employee engagement, we are also presenting the newsletter in...


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STOP Doing It All Yourself & DELEGATE!!

Leave your ego at the door.  A big mental speed bump to delegation is that "If you want it done right, then do it yourself." Remember, you're not the only person in the world who can do it right. You may be the only person who can do it right at th...


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Staying Motivated is THE Key

Here's some real-world advice on how to stay motivated even during difficult times.     LIFE is an emotional roller coaster, and unless you figure out how to manage those emotions and keep yourself motivated, you'll have a...


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NOW THAT'S A HIGHLY ENGAGED TEAM!

Grayling MI is a community of only 1,800 people located approximately 200 miles North of Detroit. Not a spot you would probably even know exists or know that there might be anything extraordinary about the people in that community or on their high sc...


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Managing To The Individual Makes For A Great Team!

The number one, recurring message that appears again and again in all the articles, research and real world experiences I have been exposed to is this - MANAGE TO THE INDIVIDUAL EFFECTIVELY and....SUCCESS!!   So, "Where do I begin" is the


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Better Engagement Equals a Happier "Marriage"

"THE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION AN EMPLOYEE FEELS TOWARDS THEIR ORGANIZATION, WHICH TENDS TO INFLUENCE THEIR BEHAVIORS AND LEVEL OF EFFORT IN WORK ACTIVITIES." -       The Business Dictionary   IN OTHER WORDS..... THE MORE


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The Irrelevant Giant

John Tuggle was a running back from the University of California who was the very last player drafted in the 1983 NFL Draft. That slot had become a bit of a "60 seconds of fame" spot with a parade, all expenses paid trip, TV interviews and more. But


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Fall, A Time for Change

It's an old, out-of-print, book now, Change Master: Principles for Mastering Change that was published in 1995 (almost 20 years ago) co-authored by Charles I. Merrick and Kay Hunley Titchenal.   Some nearly 20 years later, change is still the word


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Change, Stretch and Grow!

Spring has begun and once again CHANGE is occurring, whether we like it or not. And I am sure after the Winter just endured by most....that change is welcomed! Now, wouldn't it be nice if we held that attitude more often? After all, change is inevita...


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Sudden Change and What We Can Learn From it

Change for many of us is unpredictable, stressful, often unplanned and sometimes downright scary. We've briefly touched on that the beginning of this year. Just as I was about to launch this month's newsletter a real world reminder of that came into


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Change Can Be Scary

Change can scare a lot of people, but in today's workplace - managing change is what keeps people relevant. Being held accountable for managing change and making things better in your work is the new normal. Knowing how to innovate


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The Five Fundamentals of Golf AND Life

My father was adamant that a minister in our hometown, Jim Epperson, conduct his memorial service just as he had my late mother's and scores of others. Part of that process was the meeting to ask questions and find out more about the...


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