Embrace Failure and Succeed!

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 26th, 2015

Everyone at some point in his or her life fails. The same is true of even the most successful individuals. But in order to achieve anything great, you need to choose to embrace failure instead of allowing it to hold you back. Lolly Daskal has come up with several reasons why it’s worth learning from our mistakes and moving forward.

  1. Failure is a reason to investigate
  2. Failure is a reason to learn
  3. Failure is a reason to overcome fear
  4. Failure is a reason to be accountable
  5. Failure is a reason to shift
  6. Failure is a reason to overcome adversity
  7. Failure is a reason for innovation

To read further details on these reasons, click here.

The 12 Best Ways to Reward Employees on a Budget

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 24th, 2015

Scientists have found that the release of oxytocin in the brain causes people to be happier and more connected to their work. Maybe you’re on a tight budget. So what other options do you have? Rhett Power has figured out 12 ways to reward employees on a budget:

  1. Ask staff to post recognition notes to each other
  2. Give people time off
  3. Send a letter to the employee’s loved ones about the importance of the employee
  4. Do one of the employee’s least favorite tasks
  5. Give a coffee or carwash gift car
  6. Create a fun “traveling award”
  7. Allow people to work from home or give a “flexible day” certificate
  8. Give departments their own week
  9. Create opportunities
  10. Celebrate important events in their lives
  11. Establish a “Wall of Fame” of outstanding achievements
  12. Say “I’m glad you’re her” and “Thank you“

It is not how much we give, but what we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

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8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee Motivation

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 10th, 2015

Get rid of these motivation killers in your work environment!

  1. Toxic people – the individuals that spread negativity
  2. No professional development – not allowing your employees to learn and grow through conferences, mentoring, etc.
  3. Lack of vision
  4. Wasted time – calling meetings for no reason
  5. Inadequate communication
  6. Vertical management – ideas or input is not valued or heard
  7. Lack of appreciation
  8. Bad leadership

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5 New Year’s Resolutions For Better Hiring and Recruiting

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 6th, 2015

Good news everyone! “The U.S. added nearly 2.7 million jobs in 2014 – the most in fifteen years.” Which means companies need to make sure they up their game when finding the best candidates possible. Jerome Ternynck at SmartRecruiters has come up with five resolutions companies should take:

  1. Ditch the old-school application form
  2. Embrace social recruiting
  3. Go mobile
  4. Make hiring a team sport
  5. Approach recruiting with a marketer’s mindset

In 2015, don’t let your company fall behind or get beat by the competition! Click here to read more details on this year’s resolutions.

6 Ways to Motivate Yourself at Work

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 2nd, 2015

It is the leader or manager’s role to motivate employees to encourage productivity or ensure job satisfaction. But what if your leader or manager is not providing enough inspiration and you don’t feel engaged? It may require more effort on your part, but there are things you can do to motivate yourself in the workplace. Things such as figuring out what drive you, setting goals or putting together “if-then” plans are just some of the ways to help motivate yourself. Most importantly, it is okay to ask for feedback when managers aren’t automatically doing so and remember it is okay to look for support elsewhere via a mention your company or industry.

To read more on how to motivate yourself at work, click here.

10 Tips and Quotes From the Best Leadership Books of the Year

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 30th, 2014

With New Year’s right around the corner, have you decided on next year’s resolutions as a leader? Do you plan to set a better example for your employees? Commit more to the mission and help others do the same? Maybe it’s to apply your leadership knowledge? John Brandon compiled a list of the best business books of the year on leadership with a tip and quote to peak your interest! Here is the list of books:

  1. Ready to Be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success by Denise Brosseau
  2. Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly by Mike Myatt
  3. Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World by John P. Kotter
  4. Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weakness That Matter by Robert Bruce Shaw
  5. Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises by Derek Lidow
  6. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  7. Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do by Kathryn D. Cramer
  8. Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact by Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie
  9. Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact by Nick Morgan
  10. Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman

If the title of one of these seems to catch your interest and you would like to find out a little more, click here to get John’s tip and quote of the book.

5 Things Job Candidates Obsess Over That Hiring Managers Don’t Care About

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 25th, 2014

Preparing for a job interview can be quite stressful but what if there were some things you were stressing over that hiring managers didn’t really look at? Maureen Dempsey got together with two career experts to identify five easy-to-obsess-over details that hiring managers really don’t care about and what to focus on instead:

  1. How fancy your resume looks
  2. If you send a handwritten thank you note
  3. Whether your resume fits on one page
  4. Crafting a clever cover letter
  5. Why you haven’t heard back

What continues to be probably the most stressful part of the job interview, aside from the actual interview itself, seems to be waiting for a call back. People just want to know if they’ve gotten the job or gotten passed up so they can just move on and continue their job search. Instead of worrying, assume you have not gotten the job and continue on your job search. It is something you are able to control and if you do get the wonderful phone call with an offer…you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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How to Use Holiday Downtime to Advance Your Career

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 23rd, 2014

If you have a little extra time to sit down and sort our your professional goals during the holiday season, Hailley Griffis advices to do so! Why does she believe this to be important?

“I find when I’m happy with my career, personal development, and overall professional growth, everything else seems to   come into place. I see more friends, have more time to exercise and focus on hobbies, am just happier.”

Here are 4 ways to get ready for your career in 2015:

  1. Get serious about LinkedIn
  2. Write down your ideal career situation
  3. Get clear on what you have to offer
  4. Set goals for 2015

To read more details on the 4 ways, click here.

Before Hiring Your Next Employee

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 9th, 2014

Ever look back at a past interview for a new hire and think you could’ve done something differently? John Brandon talks about some of the lessons he learned during the hiring process. During an interview, do not be afraid to continue asking questions until you are sure and comfortable about the candidate, but make sure you make them difficult questions! Questions that arise after you notice a red flag. And, of course, make the credentialing process more rigorous by assigning real duties, having the candidate submit samples of their work such as writing samples or video presentations. Although completing these tasks may make you or the interviewee uncomfortable, “you’ll avoid the even more uncomfortable process of having to fire that person down the road.”

To read more click here.

3 Reasons Smart People Make Sure to Do What They Love

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 4th, 2014

How many hours do you work a week? 40…45…50…more? So many individuals work over their 40-hour weeks, which is about 40% of your time spent while awake! Do you love what you do or are you just working to make a living? You can actually enjoy and care about what you do and Minda tells of three reasons why that’s important:

  1. Work takes up a very big chunk of your life, as mentioned above; about 40% of your time awake is spent working.
  2. If you don’t love your work, sooner or later you’ll start sucking at it because all industries are constantly changing, you will sooner or later be required to go outside the 40-hours to attend events, take courses or do some reading.
  3. You can’t fake passion especially when you get into leadership or sales roles.

So make sure you love what you do, find something you are passionate about…find your purpose.

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