November 2010 – Behavior Matters!

Month: November 2010

I Am Grateful For: Making Thanksgiving Everyday

Thanksgiving!  The perfect holiday for being grateful…this is the holiday that is all about giving thanks and being grateful for what we have.  What a great idea.  A day where everyone in the country looks back at their life and gives thanks for the bounty that we’ve been given.

Wouldn’t it be great if this happened everyday!

That’s what I feel like has happened with my experiment on starting each day being grateful for something.  For me, the last few months have been a mini-Thanksgiving everyday.  I have found that while I don’t always get the opportunity to blog about it, I have been pretty good about waking up and finding something to be grateful for.  It is amazing what that does for your outlook for the day.

I’ve found that it has:

  • Brought a smile to my face most days
  • Made me focus on what’s really important
  • Allowed me to have a little less stress in my life
  • Given me the motivation to actually say “thank you” to a few people I normally wouldn’t have
  • Brought to life how very lucky and blessed I am

Thank you to everyone who has read these blogs and who has commented.  It really has been a very fun experiment that I’ve done.  I’m planning on continuing this, but not sure if I will blog about it as much…let me know what you think.

Leave a comment and let us all know what you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


How Well Does Your Organization Stack Up? Guest blog by Paul Schoening

As the hiring outlook improves with anticipation of the new calendar year on the horizon, election dust settling and corporate tax liability gaining clarity, the talent exodus will begin in next few months.

Are you ready?

If your organization has not installed proactive mitigation efforts, you could lose your best talent over the next 2 quarters (in other words, if your not doing something now, you’re going to pay for it later).  Successful recession recovery strategy should not ignore the critical variable of having the best talent on-board as well as engaging the “survivors”, lest ye not forget;

“High-commitment organizations outperform low-commitment organizations by 47%”

Watson Wyatt

“Engaged  employees are 43% more productive.”

The Hay Group

Our research shows that engaged employees can increase your financial position by almost 200% while disengaged employees can decrease your financial position by almost 25%. employees.

“In high-growth organizations, 84% of employees know where the organization is headed. In low-growth organizations, only 52% do.”

In Momentum

“Dependence  on remote forms of communication has left many younger workers bereft of interpersonal skills.:

Fast Company

“Camaraderie  between co-workers fuels much more than new business leads – relationships are also key drivers for recruiting, engagement and retention.”

Talent Management Magazine

Must we go on with the quotes? These are some pretty credible sources I might add.

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Today I’m Grateful For: Dan Wilson

Ok, this might seem like a strange one…Minneapolis musician Dan Wilson (formerly of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic) has some really great music out there.  Not only his music, but the songs he’s written for others (i.e., Dixie Chicks).  It is music that I listen to often.  I find a connection with his lyrics and they inspire me in a way to work harder at this writing stuff (he is a great lyricist).  Anyway, I am on the road today…which means that I’m in a hotel in New Jersey – far away from all the comforts of home.  So it is nice to be able to play a little music and feel a connection back home.  It eases the discomfort of travel and makes these types of trips a little more bearable.

Here is one of my favorite songs…

What are you grateful for?  Let us know, leave a comment.

Today I Am Grateful For: Work

I have been remiss about getting a daily grateful post out – part of the reason has been that I’ve been busy with a lot of work lately.  I realize that I sometimes feel that all this work is overwhelming and that I don’t have enough time to do the things I want to do.   However, I am grateful for the fact that I have these projects – knowing that so many people are without work right now.

Finding Motivation – the 4-Drive Model of Employee Motivation

New presentation…hope you enjoy!

Today I Am Grateful For: Elections

We live in a land were we get to peacefully choose who will lead our government.  Are there games played?  Are the ads to negative?  Do the politicians all seem to be weak at best?  Maybe…but in the end, it comes down to us.  We the people who go to the polling places are the ones who decide who will lead this great country of ours.

Get out and vote today!


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