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24 Phrases You Should Start Saying More Often in the Workplace

What can you say that will cause a colleague to gravitate toward you? What words will cause an employee to light up with a smile?<p>A recent CareerBuilder survey says 50 percent of employees would stay longer with their companies if they were recognized more frequently.<p>To pull this off takes a leader …

The top 50 prospects for the 2018 NFL draft and the key questions they face

By John Harris<p>The finishing touches are being put on draft boards throughout the league as the 2018 NFL draft approaches. The work’s mostly done and not much will change between now and when Roger Goodell walks to the stage in Arlington, Texas, and puts the Cleveland Browns on the clock. So, who …

The 5 Levels of Delegation You Need to Know to Lead Well

Rather than thinking of delegation as a binary issue--either you delegate or you don't--consider what it might look like on a sliding scale<p>In a prior article, I talked about the power of using the 70% rule when it comes to delegating tasks to your employees. I also discussed how you need to assess …

10 harmless mind tricks that make people like you

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to …

4 Ways To Foster Happiness In The Workplace

<i>This second article in the “Ask Dave” series is based on a question posed by Dr. Amy Osmond Cook, CEO of</i> <i>Osmond Marketing</i><i>.</i><p><i>“I recently had an employee quit suddenly. She said that she was happy … until the day she quit. I was surprised and felt bad that I couldn’t tell she had been struggling. How</i> …

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Ask Them 5 Simple Questions

Most important, leaders should be asking these questions before their best people mentally and emotionally check out.<p>Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with "stay interviews."<p>If you're new to this concept, unlike the …

How Do You Know Someone Is an Exceptional Leader? Look for Any of These 7 Signs

This is what it truly takes for leaders to motivate their employees.<p>If you're new to the employee engagement conversation, I'll cut to the chase and break it to you like this: Since 2000, Gallup research has shown that roughly 70 percent of the U.S. work force is "not engaged" or "actively …

5 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make

What's remarkable about making these daily choices is knowing there will be no regrets.<p>According to multiple sources, the average number of decisions an adult makes each day is about 35,000. Some are smart, others ... well, lets just keep things on a positive note and say it's the smart decisions …

5 Simple Things the Most Incredibly Respected Bosses Do (Every. Single. Day.)

Often overlooked aspects of what it really takes to be a truly great boss.<p>We can all rattle off qualities we absolutely hated in our old bosses quicker than we can the good ones. Like it or not, those awful bosses brought us where we are now.<p>Whether you have three employees or 300 doesn't matter. …

If Your Employees Act Like They Don't Care, You Might Be Doing These 11 Things Wrong

A careless leader can wreak havoc on a company and send the best people packing. To keep your employees in the fight, stop waving these red flags.<p>I came across this quote today: "People come for great vision and leave for poor leadership."<p>It made me think of all the times when I've stepped into a …

Employment

3 Ways to Engage Unhappy Employees Before They Quit

Learn how to mine the amazing talent and potential of your young workers for long-term growth instead of just training them for their next job.<p>By the time companies find their way to me to deliver a keynote to their employees about workplace engagement and empowerment, many of their top young …

5 Ways Managers Can Totally Blow It With Employees

Want loyal followers? You'll really want to avoid these negative habits.<p>Have you noticed (I hope) how the best leaders have a keen sense of the things they need to avoid doing to keep leading at a high level?<p>Whether it's focusing less on themselves and putting the spotlight on their followers (what …

The War on Employee Loyalty

Beware the Corporate Overlords are watching!Labor Day seems appropriate for my latest observation about corporate culture. The Corporate Overlords, …

29 Great Leadership Quotes From John F. Kennedy

He lived a brief 46 years, but in that time he showed us the meaning of true leadership. Here are some of his greatest teachings.<p>When the name John F. Kennedy is uttered, many people over 60 immediately remember where they were the moment they heard he died. He will forever be associated with that …

Making a Murderer: Penny Beerntsen calls emotions toward Steven Avery 'complicated'

Penny Beerntsen, the woman who accused Steven Avery of sexual assault, wrote about her experience and her relationship with Avery for The Marshall …