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Leaders Toolbox | Why People Lose Motivation — and What Managers Can Do to Help

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On July 25, 2018

At some point, every leader has dealt with a person — or, worse, a group of people — who has lost motivation. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? As much as we’ve been there ourselves, sometimes it’s hard to sympathize with others who are disengaged from work and unproductive as a result. Sometimes, we view their unhappiness as a bug in their...

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Leaders Toolbox | Loyal Employees are your Most Valuable Asset!

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On July 25, 2018

An employee’s relationship with their manager sets the tone for their level of commitment to the organization’s success. Gallup research shows that a mind-boggling 70% of an employee’s motivation is influenced by his or her manager. It’s no wonder employees don’t leave companies; they leave managers. Disengaged employees can cost companies millions of dollars from lost productivity, damages from employee...

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Food for Thought | The simple reason to ban laptops in meetings

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

A professor walks into a lecture hall and glances around at a packed house of students typing away on screens. As the clock indicates it’s time to get started, she clears her throat and asks everyone to put their laptops away before class. The students all freeze, looking at each other with incredulity. This must be some sort of joke,...

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Food for Thought | How this CEO prioritizes employee joy

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

Last December, I met up with a group of awesome people in Laguna Beach, CA. We ran along the beach together. Shared personal stories that made us laugh and cry. Ate some good food. Even spent time volunteering for local organizations. No, this was not a vacation with my oldest friends — it was the Aha! semi-annual company meeting. And...

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Leaders Toolbox | The ‘Oh’ in Onboarding –Is it an “Oh, fantastic!” or is it an “Oh Noooo…?”

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

What kind of ‘Oh’ is in your Onboarding? Is it an “Oh, fantastic!” or is it an “Oh Noooo…?” True Story: It’s Day 1 of Michelle’s new job. She’s arrived 15 minutes early to make the best possible first-day impression. Two hours later, Michelle is still sitting in reception, waiting for someone to collect her and show her the ropes....

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Leaders Toolbox | Eight questions to ask someone other than “What do you do?”

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

We’ve all been in the awkward situation of meeting someone new and having to build rapport quickly — at networking events, industry conferences, charity events, dinner parties, and other social-professional situations. If you’re like many people — especially most Americans — you break the awkward silence with a pretty standard question: “So, what do you do?” But that question might...

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