3 Ways to Foster Identification in Teams

Wendy Loewen

How do we create strong teams where people feel a connection to each other and to the organization? Friends in our workplaces are important, but so too is the larger sense of cooperation. Team building retreats, workshops, and team building exercises have become the norm for organizations who are seeking to foster team spirit. In Clifford Nass and Corina Yen’s … Read More

Building a Team to Last Through Engagement

John Neufeld

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The Challenge – Disengaged Employees Great leaders want to create change and have an impact.  This can only be accomplished through the teams they lead and build.  Stephen Covey, in his book The 8th Habit, describes a poll of 23,000 employees drawn from a number of companies and industries.  He reports the poll’s findings: Only 37% said they have a … Read More

5 Risk Factors for Workplace Sexual Harassment

Heidi Grieser

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You’ve read the news, heard the stories, and you’re likely aware that sexual harassment happens more than we’d all like to admit. Have you taken an honest look at your own workplace? Don’t get caught being complacent, sexual harassment can happen anywhere and no organization is immune. By raising your awareness and understanding of the risk factors and types of … Read More

5 Ways to Increase Employee Satisfaction

Wendy Loewen

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Leaders often bemoan the fact that employees are disengaged, and it’s true – they are often disengaged. Many are bored, lack interest, seem passionless, and don’t invest energy in their tasks. Sadly, some organizations don’t do anything to help themselves or their employees. Sure, they try, but it’s usually by offering incentives that don’t get at the root of the … Read More

5 Strategies to Avoid Groupthink

Wendy Loewen

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Have you ever thought of speaking up in a group setting and then stopped yourself? Why did you stay silent? Were you scared of appearing unsupportive, worried about sounding unintelligent, or doubting the validity of your idea? We all censor ourselves. We question our own common sense, second guess our alternative perspective, or think our idea is so obvious that … Read More

4 Tips for Addressing Sexual Harassment

Wendy Loewen

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Consider this workplace scenario: a supervisor repeatedly comments on a young female employees’ appearance, telling her she looks “nice” or “attractive” or even “too sexy for work.” She looks visibly uncomfortable when he makes these comments, but says nothing. During one lunch break, the supervisor puts his arm around the employee’s waist. She pulls away, but the supervisor does it … Read More

Guidance for Managing Your Team’s Emotional Climate

Mike Labun

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Great teams start with great leaders who give their team clarity of purpose, use intrinsic motivation as a primary motivator, and consider people’s personal work styles. Great Leaders provide an atmosphere where people can build quality relationships and engage in meaningful work. They encourage fun, collaboration, honest mutual feedback, and hold people accountable to get stuff done. The bedrock of … Read More

Inspiring Employees Through Your Story

Mike Labun

I have two teenage boys. In 2017, this means I watch a lot of superhero movies. The superhero movies I like best are the origin stories, like Batman Begins or Antman, where the protagonist goes from being a relatively normal guy to a stupendous fighting machine. It’s hard to relate to movies that are only crazy, high-powered action, but seeing … Read More

How to Create a Culture Where Feedback Actually Helps

Mike Labun

Most of us struggle with giving and receiving honest and mutual feedback. In his book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” author Patrick Lencioni deftly describes how an inability or unwillingness to engage in Honest Mutual Feedback (HMF) leads to poor performance. Lencioni provides some solutions, and organizations such as Pixar, Intel and George Mason University have developed additional techniques. … Read More

What to Do About Office Romance

Eric Stutzman

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  If you work in an office with more than a few people, in all likelihood you will see or experience an office romance. Statistics vary, but most say that more than 40% of workers have dated a co-worker at some point in their career – and a good number of those have married the co-worker. That’s a lot of … Read More