“I’m dying.” Jamie’s strong vibrant voice uttered these words as Emily and I, along with friends and family, gathered at a healing ceremony to honor, support, and show our love for Jamie and Maren Showkeir*. Everyone in the room knew that ALS was in the process of claiming Jamie. That is why we were there. […]
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This fall Kathy Kuchas coached my grandson Zach’s flag football team. Having a woman football coach is not a common experience for most thirteen-year-old boys. Build leader independence What makes Kathy unusual is not that she is a female football coach. It is how she coaches her team to be self-reliant. One of the interesting […]
A joint post by Dick and Emily Axelrod Have you ever had this experience? A red-faced, foot-stomping child yells at the top of their voice, “That’s not fair!” “Life isn’t fair,” you respond, “Get over it.” It doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative. You can say, “Life isn’t fair, but I can […]
Millennials are continuous learners, team players, collaborators, achievement-oriented, socially conscious, and highly educated. Like many of us, they hate to have their time wasted in meetings that become soul-sucking chores. The experience of a meeting has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond those in attendance. If the outcome is enthusiasm, that enthusiasm spreads. If […]
When we think of habits we often think of bad habits, when in fact habits are efficient patterns of behavior. Habits allow us to make routine decisions without having to rethink them every time. How often do you drive to work and wonder how you got there? In The Power of Habit, CharlesDuhigg identifies what […]
Engagement begets engagement. The first step is to engage in conversations that go beyond the mundane. Here are some examples:
Have you ever tried to pry a child from a video game? Not easy, is it? That is because game designers embed core engagement principles into every game. Quarrel®, a combination of Risk® and Scrabble®, is a good example. In Quarrel® you play against a variety of characters of varying levels of skill. Examples are: […]
Are meetings in your organization time-wasting, energy-sapping affairs? A frequent suggestion to deal with this problem is to eliminate all meetings. What if instead of eliminating all meetings you made every meeting in your organization optional? Here is what would happen.
Sometime this year, your organization will probably conduct an employee survey. The survey might indicate that you need to: Connect people to the organization’s vision. Increase trust with employees. Communicate more effectively.