The ‘Stuff of Legend’

(Business Destinations) — When disaster strikes in the office, it’s essential that boardrooms remain calm, cool and collected. Colleagues must work as a team to overcome obstacles. Yet it’s tricky to work together effectively when employees don’t feel like they’re part of that team. Water cooler chat and after-work drinks are all well and good, ...

5 Ways to Ensure Your Teambuilding Will Suck

21. January 2014 Team Building 0
By James Carter There are many reasons why a team building activity will fail.  Meaning it sucked.  Let’s be honest, there are many that are really terrible.  We have run a few of them ourselves that utterly failed.  It is embarrassing to admit and it is almost always because we committed one of the 5 ...

Awareness or Solution, Which Is Better?

08. December 2012 Awareness 1
There are a lot of people who have already brought awareness to the cause that they have just discovered. Last time, I encountered a conversation with a person that called me up and declared that the main purpose why he was forming a group is for awareness purposes. When I shared this story to a ...

The Carrot and Stick Approach No Longer Applies

Most of the time, business is at the forefront of change in our society. Sometimes, on the cutting and bleeding edge of change. But from time to time, business is sadly behind what we know to be fact. This is especially true when it comes to what motivates employees within a company. Traditionally, a \'Carrot and Stick\' approach to rewarding employees has worked very well. A goal is set and if you achieve it, you get the carrot. If you fail to achieve it, you get the stick. According to Dan Pink, author of Drive, the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, the carrot and stick still work, but in narrowly defined areas.

10-Step Survival Guide for Tough Times

Times are tough. 2 million jobs lost in 2008, 533,000 in November alone, the most in 34 years.  Manufacturing is down.  Now the automotive industry is requiring a bailout. The economy is moving into a very difficult and tumultuous time.  We are all feeling nervous about what is coming.  Even companies in strong positions are ...