So if you told me last week that I’d be writing about how the random reptile in our pond improved the company culture of our organization, I would have responded with, “Are you on crack?” because really… really… what are the chances of an alligator in our pond? And why on earth would it have Read More

Employee engagement surveys – perhaps you’ve taken one, or administered one, or spent three hours thinking about taking one, bailing, and just hoping no one noticed that you are messing up the organization’s participation statistics. Most of us have had some encounter with employee engagement surveys over our years in the workforce. As employee engagement Read More

It’s 5:00 pm. You slam the laptop closed, race out the door, and start thinking about your evening. Let’s see… there’s dinner, soccer practice, laundry… let the games begin! Hold up – for two minutes. We promise it will be worth it. According to a study done by the University of Florida, stress level & Read More

It’s a brand new year, a fresh start! Blogs and social media are filled with inspirational articles and posts about sticking to your new year’s resolutions and starting off the year on the right foot. While I appreciate their spirit and effort, I’m going to rain on their parade. Resolutions just aren’t for me. I’ve Read More

That’s right! We’ll be at the White House today for the Emerging Global Entrepreneurship Event where President Obama will recognize emerging global entrepreneurs and promote the Spark Global Entrepreneurship coalition. Additionally, the White House will name nine more top American entrepreneurs to be named as Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. Speakers for the event will Read More

I don’t mean to be a Negative Nancy, but I’m going to go there, let’s talk about the dark stuff. There’s no reason to sugar coat it; work is inherently stressful. There are deadlines, budgets, people, decisions – no matter how much you love your job, from time to time, there’s going to be something Read More

Employee Appreciation Day is approaching. Didn’t get the memo? No worries, we are here to help! Of course, it would have been awesome to plan something last week, but we get it. We are busy and these things happen! It’s not exactly like Employee Appreciation Day is the top holiday on everyone’s radar. However, as Read More

Four Ways to Engage Your Employees During March Madness It’s March! Basketball fans across America are rejoicing that the big tournament is finally upon us. Meanwhile, executives are seeing red dollar signs roll in their eyes. But guess what I saw… (but seriously, you’ll never guess.) I saw statistics about March Madness that are POSITIVE. Read More

I’ve never been one to follow the ways of the White House Budget very closely. Heck, I can barely manage my bank account, much less understand how on earth you begin to breakdown a $4 trillion budget request. However a recent article in the Washington Post, “Six ways the White House budget would affect federal Read More

(And Why I Think You Should Make Your Employees Do Them.) Let’s be clear, I just finished my annual performance self-review. We have an amazing HR team that trimmed down the process. The questions were thought-provoking and applicable; it was technically painless; and it took me less than an hour. Overall the process was flawless, Read More