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Optimus Prime has a desk job

  • Posted by Elysia Arnold
  • On August 28, 2018

  What do robots and workplaces have in common? It all starts with this video recently published by Hank Green. The video explores the idea that in the internet community we are all wearing robot suits! Not real robot suits, but external appearances that affect how people perceive and interact with us. With a stray tweet, someone with a giant...

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Team Member to Team Leader: The pitfalls and strategies to ensure a smooth transition for the employer

  • Posted by Elysia Arnold
  • On August 21, 2018

  As a nation, us Kiwi’s underestimate the complexities and challenges of the transition from being part of a team to leading a team. We often find ourselves having to deal with the fall out of either putting the wrong person into a role, or not supporting them effectively to make the transition. This causes all sorts of challenges for...

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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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