Category Validation

Report The Success – Not the Metric

What do I mean by that? Simple. We are fond of reporting facts.  “X number of units sold.” “20% increase in sales.”  But what does that mean? Not much. And, as it relates to COVID-19 reporting, simple numbers generally make… Continue Reading →

Extra Time

Time is now our most precious commodity. Well, maybe a close 2nd to Facebook political posts. And in 2020 we get extra time.  February 29, 2020. Leap Day. Make up day. Designed to consolidate the ¼ day excess we get… Continue Reading →

Delayed Due to Time Change – Stress Testing my Body Clock

Traveling this week and writing from Vancouver, BC, Canada. That means it is 3 hours earlier than my normal body clock/posting habit. So, from your perspective I’m late. From my perspective I’m pretty much on time. And that’s an interesting… Continue Reading →

Is That REALLY the Issue?

I love the “really” test. It’s simple. It’s funny. And it almost always gets to the real issue. The process is simple. Once someone says… “The problem is [fill in the blank].” Your respond with “Really?”, while giving that “really”… Continue Reading →

When Looking Backward is the Best Way Forward

I love this quote from Douglas Adams, of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fame: “We all like to congregate at boundary conditions. Where land meets water. Where earth meets air. Where bodies meet mind. Where space meets time. We like… Continue Reading →

If Everyone Else Jumped Off a Bridge Would You?

I heard that so often growing up. I’ve said it myself with my kids. I think it is embedded subliminally when they hand you your first child at the hospital. And even with the warnings, we all have jumped off… Continue Reading →

Recognition – Incentive – Engagement [They Are NOT the Same]

I keep a file of all the articles I find about how to drive performance in organizations. Some are good. Some are horrible. Most are about 50% correct. Even this one will fall short of 100% because at the core… Continue Reading →

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Stop Recognizing Employees.

This post is a redo of a post from a few years back (about 4 or 5 to be not-exact.) I decided to remix/repost based on a twitter conversation I had with @TrishMcFarlane and @AKABruno (aka Matt Stollack.) Trish said:… Continue Reading →

Sometimes you just need to hit publish…#50over50HR

I’ve heard on more than one occasion ideas are easy, execution is hard. Let me rephrase that and say execution isn’t always hard – but it is always very, very scary. The fun part about ideas is as long as they exist… Continue Reading →

Recognition is Too Easy

I’ve been watching the recognition and reward industry for the last 25 years. It’s gone from a relatively unknown and underutilized tactic to drive employee satisfaction and employee engagement to being almost a daily headline in any HR focused publication… Continue Reading →

Being Human is a Zero Sum Game

Show of hands how many of you actually know your neighbors? If you do know the people who live exactly next door to you, now think about those that live three houses down from you? Do you know them? If… Continue Reading →

Mother Teresa and Engagement

I live in South Carolina. Yes… THAT South Carolina – the one with the whole flag thing. But that isn’t what provided the fodder for this post. I saw an public service message on TV the other day about traffic… Continue Reading →

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