Journal

Quote by William Shakespeare

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 28th, 2014

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare

5 Unique Ways to Show Thanks to Your Employees

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 27th, 2014

Expressing gratitude to your employees is an important part of being a leader. Employees need that recognition, thanks, and praise. So what are some ways that you can show them your appreciation? Marla Tabaka provides 5 creative ways to show your employees you are thankful for them and their hard work. Creating a thank-you wall where you bring out specific qualities and talents of each employee is awesome! And not only do you write something, but have the employees write thank-yous for each other! Or maybe you send them a little gift such as food, flowers, wine, or gift cards to their home. These two, along with a few more ways, are important because employees will not only feel appreciated but they will: “take more pride in their work, go the extra mile, heighten their level of commitment to the organization” and more! So take the time to show your employees that you appreciate them!

To read more ways to show your appreciation click here.

Quote by Sheryl Sandberg

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 26th, 2014

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg

5 Ways to Create a More Holistic (and Productive) Environment

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 25th, 2014

We recently talked about taking a nap during your workday. Zoe Henry has 5 more ways to create a more holistic (and productive) environment. Instead of “bring your child to work” day, implement a “bring your pet to work” day! Simply because “the policy offers an immediate stress relief” and “brings about a light-heartedness to everybody”. What about in-office massages, yoga, or meditation? What we found most important was the family-first model. There are different ways to implement this, however, it is the “overall understanding of the importance of family” that makes an effect with employees.

Continue reading more by clicking here.

Quote by Oprah Winfrey

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 21st, 2014

“The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success with naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey

Know Your Emailing Etiquette

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 20th, 2014

In today’s world where email has become a primary mode of communication in the workplace, it is important to know appropriate emailing behavior. Kevin Daum has provided 11 different ways to beat bad email habits. Some include: responding within the appropriate amount of time, making emails brief and even changing the subject line along the way. Most importantly, take the time to address all concerns and read all the information. It will save you and others precious time. And remember, if your email has become a bit lengthy, set up a meeting or appointment to chat on the phone.

Communication in the workplace is key…so make sure you’re doing it right by clicking here.

Quote by Aristotle

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 19th, 2014

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

Your Actions as a Leader

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 18th, 2014

Ever wonder why “actions speak louder than words”? Being a leader means you are a role model for those around you, and here is the scientific reason why: “Mirror neurons in the human brain cause people to unconsciously imitate the behavior of those around them.” So what does that mean for you, as a leader? Your actions will have a direct effect on the relationships and inevitably on your teams; “relationships will be strengthened by positive interactions and weakened by negative ones.” So as a rule of thumb: maintain a 5 to 1 ratio of positive/negative interactions so that your actions are constantly strengthening your relationships.

Click here to read more from Geoffrey James on this leadership rule.