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Tell them how good they did the first time!

Did you know positive reinforcement is a powerful way to influence high performance in your employees?

Now I know some of you may be thinking WHY-“why should I praise somebody for doing their job” or “why would I praise an employee who needs to improve in so many other areas”.




Hearing what we do well makes us want to be better, and believe we can be better, and henceforth we do become better. It also softens the blow of receiving constructive criticism.  Once an individual believes you want the best for them, it’s very often they will be reception to your suggestions for improvement and what better way to demonstrate you care for your employee than praising them for a “job well done”.


Quick tips on how to positively reinforce those around you…

  • First, identify the behaviors you’d like the person to demonstrate.


  • Build that employee up by verbalizing your appreciation for them ie. “Max thank you for everything you do daily to meet your goals” or give a small token of appreciation (thank you card, lunch, or maybe a $5 gift card to Eat’n Park restaurant…shameless plug J)
  • Share the behaviors you’d like that person to demonstrate, and positively reinforce them immediately when you see them demonstrated.

Remember, if you want someone to do something again, tell them how good they did it the first time!

  Don’t be selfish share some the ways you positively reinforce those around you.

You’re More Than a Resume…Interviewing mistakes that could be costing you the job you want

Hello Fellow Followers!

Did you know there’s more to being hired than your skills and qualifications listed on your resume?

Check out two common interviewing mistakes that could be costing you the job you really want…


–  Self Deprecation

Selling yourself while interviewing might sound cheesy and feel awkward but I recommend you view it as an opportunity to promote your skills and abilities.  If you have no confidence in your capabilities, then why would an employer.

– Frosty Demeanor

While interviewing it is important to come across as approachable and friendly.  Managers aren’t enthused to hire people with callous demeanors.  It raises concern that you wouldn’t fit in or work well with a team or consistently cause conflict in the workplace. As a recruiter we’re interested in more than well crafted resumes or individuals who have 3 billion years of experience in their field of interest.  In addition to being able to do the job, we want to hire an individual who can work well with others and who are stirred to achieve their best in their occupations.


So remember… Your time is coming!  If your search has left you feeling discouraged, frustrated or hopeless it’s important for you to not allow it affect your behavior continue to have faith in yourself.




Happy New Year fellow followers!

While enjoying the holidays I had the opportunity to re-read an excerpt- “Understanding Separate Realities” from one of my favorite books… ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson. Understanding that people have separate realities creates an opportunity to build a relationship with that individual if you’re willing to empathize and learn what makes that individual tic. For example if you have traveled to foreign countries or seen depictions of them in movies, you are aware of vast differences among cultures. The principle of separate realities says that the differences among individuals is every bit as vast.

Richard Carlson states that understanding individuals have separate realities can virtually eliminate quarrels and helps you develop compassion. Why? Because when we expect to see things differently, we take it as a given that others will do things differently and react differently to the same stimuli, the compassion we have for ourselves and for others rises dramatically. The moment we expect otherwise, the potential for conflict exists.

Being interested, without judgment in the way other people choose to live and behave is a strategy geared toward developing your compassion, as well as a way of becoming more patient. When someone acts in a way that seems unusual to you, rather than reacting in your usual way, such as, “I can’t believe they would do that,” instead say something to yourself like I see, that must be the way she/he sees things in their world.


It’s not a matter of merely tolerating differences but truly understanding and honoring the fact that it literally can’t be any other way. -“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

Attitude is Everything

Today’s blog you’ll find a few quotes from Vicki Hitzges book “Attitude is Everything- 10 Rules for Staying Positive” Check out a few of her rules for staying positive


  • Wait to Worry- Only eight % of what we worry about ever comes true!

“How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time when it is not now.” – Gerald Jampolsky, Physician


  • Keep an Attitude of Gratitude- Make a list of the things your grateful of or for in your life.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


  • Volunteer- Do good for others, and you’ll be surprised at how helping them will help you.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”- Booker T. Washington


  • Surround yourself with Positive People- Find People who aim high, think positively, genuinely care about you and make you laugh and do the same for them.

“A lot of people have gone farther than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” – Zig Ziglar, Motivational Guru


Is your attitude worth catching???

The Art of Persuasion

Greetings Fellow Followers!

It’s no secret that persuasion is a useful tool in the business world, and in everyday life. But actually learning how to persuade is like learning a second language if it’s not your natural forte.

Below you’ll find a few quick basics tips from Forbes Magazine on ways of becoming more persuasive. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t need some handy ways to help you get your coworker to stop leaving their day old tuna sandwiches in the office fridge, or suggestions on how to get your significant other to help you make dinner tomorrow night.


 Persuasion is not Manipulation Manipulation is coercion through force to get someone to do something that is not in their own interest.  Persuasion is the art of getting people to do things that are in their own best interest that also benefit you.

 Persuade the Persuadable – Everyone can be persuaded, given the right timing and context, but not necessarily in the short term.  Political campaigns focus their time and money on a small set of swing voters who decide elections.  The first step of persuasion is always to identify those people that at a given time are persuadable to your point of view and focus your energy and attention on them.

You have to be Interested to be Persuaded  – You can never persuade somebody who’s not interested in what you’re saying.  We are all most interested in ourselves, and spend most of our time thinking about money, love or health.  The first art of persuasion is learning how to consistently talk to people about them; if you do that then you’ll always have their captive attention.

Reciprocity Compels When I do something for you, you feel compelled to do something for me.  It is part of our evolutionary DNA to help each other out to survive as a species.  By providing small gestures of consideration to others, you can ask for more back in return which others will happily provide.


You Could Be Demotivating Your Employees

Did you know that motivation in the workplace not only improves productivity and performance levels, but it also means employees will feel happier in the workplace? –Ultimately improving retention and the performance of your employee.

OF COURSE YOU DO! And if you read last week’s blog, you know the importance of having an engaged employee and the costs of them not being engaged.

Today’s Blog will point out a few ways that you could possibly be demotivating your employee’s.

No vision:

If your brand has no vision, how can you expect your employee to have one too? A great way to motivate your employees is to include them in the vision of your brand. This way it boosts motivation and demonstrates you truly care about your team.

You never speak face to face:

Though email is effective, giving your employees enough face-to-face time individually dramatically improves their feelings off being connected to your business and to leaders. Instead of sending that email, think about walking over to your employee and relaying the message.

Dismissed ideas:

It is important to really listen to your colleagues and consider their ideas because there is nothing more de-motivating than having your fresh ideas dismissed immediately. Being shot down by your colleagues or managers can take its toll on confidence and with a lack of confidence often comes lack of motivation. So even if your employees’ ideas are completely different from yours, consider giving them a chance.

There’s no chance for development:

Something that many companies often find motivates their employees is the opportunity for growth within the company. It doesn’t have to be a huge promotion but can be as simple as inviting a speaker in for trainings for them to learn new things. This demonstrates to employees you appreciate their dedication and the employees’ feel developed.

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or loose.”

-Lyndon B Johnson

The Win-Win solution is Employee Engagement!

Greetings Fellow Followers!

Did you know that the number one way for leaders to build trust is to care for your employees? Your involvement and ability to engage yourself and peers is relevant to your development and important to the growth of your company.

What is employee engagement?

Some define it as how employees connect with customers and others as employee confidence, integrity, pride and passion or a heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for his or her organization, that influences him or her to exert greater discretionary effort to his or her work.

Is engaging employees important to companies?

Yes! Employee engagement and retention are crucial components to maintaining a happy, positive and productive workforce. The American Society for Training and Development completed a study on employee engagement that has shown companies loose $350 billion a year because of employee’s not being engaged.

Why so important?

Its simple- happier employees and higher profits. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Still need convincing? Below are business case facts on employee engagement.

  • 35% of US workers said they’d willingly forgo a substantial pay raise to see their direct supervisor fired. (The Employee Engagement Group, 2015)
  • Highly engaged employees have less absence days- in average 3.5 days- compared to not engaged employees (Gallup Germany, 2011)
  • Businesses with more engaged employees have 51% higher productivity (Harter, J.K,Schmidt, F.L., & Hayes T.L., Psychology, 2002 Vol 87, No.2)
  • Businesses with higher engagement have 9% higher shareholder returns (Towers Watson, 2009)
  • Organizations with engaged employees showed a 19% increase in operating income over a 12 month period, compared to a 33% decrease in companies with disengaged employees (Towers Perrin, 2008)
  • 80% of employees with a high degree of trust in management are committed to the organization, compared with 25% of employees with a low degree of trust ( Center for Creative Leadership, 2009)


Stay tuned for next weeks blog….”Ways you’re accidently demotivating your team”



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