Dog-Inspired Lesson Employee Engagement Ideas

Employee engagement matters. And according to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace, only 15 percent of employees are engaged in the workplace. If someone is disinterested, lacking skills, or feeling bad about the work environment, how would you expect their performance to be? Of course, it will suffer. That’s why it’s critical that you find…

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Not everyone works like you do. While that might seem obvious, it’s easy to forget, which can derail progress and your team dynamics! It’s challenging when you’re trying to accomplish something with someone who has a completely foreign approach. Instead of recognizing and appreciating the difference, we start to get tense and frustrated that things aren’t…

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Have you, as a leader, ever overlooked some key element because you were so focused on the problem at hand? Sometimes, talking about compassionate leadership means really listening to an underperforming employee, getting to the root of a “bad” hire, or trying something new with a team that’s totally out of sync. An unconventional approach…

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Team Dynamics between Cat and Dog

When things don’t work out the way you planned, it’s easy to think you failed. Our tendency is to stick with a plan, even when serious flags are evident, because we think we can make the team dynamics work or even worse—that we can get someone to change their ways (instead of honoring that person’s…

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Onboarding New Dog

Yes, you read that right. Let’s talk about onboarding (new dogs and new staff!). Employee onboarding is a key factor in the satisfaction and success of a new employee. Treating this stage of the employee’s lifecycle as unimportant would be a huge mistake. When you invest your time and effort to familiarize a new employee…

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Is someone on your team (or even you) struggling in their job? It’s usually pretty obvious to everyone else, including the person involved, when there’s a problem with employee engagement. No one likes being in this situation–most especially the person–but inertia is hard to overcome. Daily routines become habits, such as one person compensating for…

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Calling All Managers & Leaders One Hour, Each Month = BIG Results! Trying to navigate a challenging situation with someone in your organization? Looking to fine-tune your interviewing/hiring process for better results? Struggling to figure out how to deliver a tricky performance evaluation? As managers and leaders, we often feel like we’re supposed to have…

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Turning the new year into an adventure The turn of the calendar page to January brings with it the promise of a new start. It gives me the perfect opportunity to create a plan, something that often eludes me in my day-to-day tasks. A few years ago, I heard about the #oneword idea and immediately…

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Learning to embrace difficult times and let the unexpected delight me 2019 is nearly over. It’s been a year of big transitions that brought major changes for me. At times, it felt overwhelming, sad, difficult. Yet, in whole, this was one of the best years for me. And once I brought this new awareness to…

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Living without Grace the last few months has had many hollow moments. There’s an emptiness without her presence and I really miss the patterns that we had grown accustomed to and enjoyed. But she and I always savored lots of things about the fall season and because of those memories, I am falling into new…

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