Does Your Company Have a Foundation of Trust?

I’ve been part of several conversations recently where trust issues have surfaced. Some have been positive, reflecting leaders who understand and embrace the benefits of a high trust culture. And others have swung to the other side of the spectrum where lack of trust is creating cracks in the organization.

Why is trust so important?

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Pace Yourself

Do you ever feel like a crazy lunatic as you try to accomplish way too many things at once? Of course, you have! Not only do you experience this, but everyone has a different “lunatic pace.” Your threshold may have more or less elasticity than someone you work with closely.

I’ve found that people pick up their pace when they are working with someone who zooms through the day, even though it may be hard to keep up. These are critical moments, because when you constantly try to pace yourself at what is an unnaturally rapid clip for you, you will inevitably miss things.

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Engagement, Appreciation and Growth

Continuing our theme of employee engagement, consider the correlation between engagement and appreciation. People want to be appreciated and acknowledged for a job well done. It isn’t a big leap to understand that when people are praised for their efforts, they are motivated to do more.

Leaders who feel that recognition merits only occasional effort miss the opportunity to enhance the employee experience. Make sure that you express appreciation in a sincere and well-meaning manner. Employees know immediately when someone is “scamming” them.

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Back to School Spirit

The weeks after Labor Day trigger a “back to school” feeling for many of us. The air is filled with the possibilities of a fresh start that can be quite energizing. With the back to school spirit in mind, think about what’s on deck for you in the next three and a half months.

Consider things that are important to you that may have set aside because of more urgent priorities. Often, what is important can be overtaken by the urgencies of daily life. When we take time to breathe, we discover that important things may have been set aside.

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Celebrating Labor Day

A holiday weekend is upon us with the celebration of Labor Day on Monday, September 6. Today, many people think of Labor Day as a national holiday that marks the unofficial end of summer, rather than thinking about the underlying history that resulted in its origins.

Labor Day came about in the late nineteenth century to honor workers and their achievements at a time when people were working mandatory 12-hour days, 7 days a week.

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