What Camp Oasis Taught Me

Each year I am honored to be able to attend Camp Oasis in Texas as a camp counselor, a camp for kids ages 6-18 that have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, sponsored by The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Having grown up with Crohn’s Disease myself, it has always been a great way for me to give back my time and knowledge to those that are suffering with the disease so they can see it is possible to lead a “normal” and fulfilling life.  98% of the counselors suffer from this disease as well, and we all can get together and […]

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How To Motivate Your Employees

I’ll put it as simply as I can: There are an awful lot of unmotivated employees out there.  With a recent national study showing that less than 1 in 4 non- management employees is fully engaged (aka, fully motivated and productive), there is, shall we say, ample room for improvement.   And since an employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager is the single most important factor influencing engagement, the responsibility falls to management to improve motivational levels.  So read on as I share easy ways to motivate your employees.

Align individual economic interests with company performance – Okay, so this first one […]

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Gain Self Discipline and Strive Toward Success

The summer is a great time to reflect on the goals you put in place at the beginning of the year and where you are with them.  Here are some ways to measure your progress. Commit to daily excellence.  Look at all the successful people around you — whether a close family member, friend, or a celebrity you admire — and imagine how they think and go about their daily lives. You’ll notice something each of them have in common: a commitment to daily excellence.  No matter what you do for a living, it’s important to constantly strive for excellence every […]

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How To Stay Calm Under Pressure

Most of us have experienced that sickening moment when you realize you’ve made a serious mistake. The details are different for everybody, but at some point, we’ve all felt that rising tide of dread and panic.

Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm.

New research from the Harvard Business School shows that most of us go about staying calm the wrong way. People who welcome the challenge of a crisis—so much so that overcoming the challenge excites them—perform far better than those who try to force themselves to be calm.

Staying composed, […]

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Lessons You Learn or Regret Forever

Sticking your neck out and taking charge of your career is no trivial matter. Whether that’s switching careers, going back to school, or walking away from a j-o-b to start your own business, it takes a lot of guts.

But guts will only get you so far. Once you build up the nerve and make the leap, you’re no more than 5% of the way there. You still have to succeed in your new endeavor, and trying to succeed is when your worst fears (the ones that made you hesitate in the first place) will come true.

I’d like to […]

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Your Post Can Affect Your Career

I read this article in the Dallas Morning News Sunday Paper, written by Diane Stafford, and wanted to share with my readers.  It is great advice for not just young adults entering the work place, but also a great reminder for those that have been in the workplace for awhile.  I have shortened it for easy reading. Read on.

“It’s summer.  Attention spans are short.  Vacations beckon.  Here are some quickly digestible workplace bites.

Yes, it matters what you put on Instagram, Facebook or anywhere else discoverable online. It matters if you’re job hunting or there’s a possibility you’ll be […]

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4th of July Tribute

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How To Retain Young Employees That Keep Leaving

Leaders often lose great talent because there’s no promotion available. It’s terrible to watch your best employees quit after you have invested your time and resources in their professional growth. You may even question why you are investing so much in developing them in the first place.

On the other hand, leaders who discover a way to promote their top talent when there’s not a position readily available can retain the best performers, develop their team even further, and increase team performance.

The best news of all is the leader can do this without creating a log jam at the […]

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Trust Requires Certain Leadership Habits

For years, organizations far and wide have attempted to crack the code on what makes for a healthy and profitable work culture. Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.

We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work — the global research consultancy that partners with Fortune to conduct the annual study of those “best companies” — confirms that trust is the human behavior you cannot afford not to have.

The research on those companies (Google, to no surprise, being No. 1 […]

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Stay Interviews Are The New Exit Interviews

Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with “stay interviews.”

If you’re new to this concept, unlike the exit interview, managers are using stay interviews to get fresh insight into improving the work environment or their own leadership skills to retain those valued employees today–not after they have emotionally disconnected and stopped caring.

Fair warning: Stay interviews are only as effective as people’s willingness to demonstrate transparency. The whole premise is based on honest two-way conversations between manager and employee, where each side gets to […]

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