Treating your employees like family sounds nice, but makes no sense.  In fact, trying to run your organization as a family – or even merely saying that you do — will hold you back, and may even backfire. Your company is not like a family because: You have to let people go. You must set and […]

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Hot off the presses or out of the recording studio, here are 5 new resources on employee engagement from me: Engaging Employees Starts with Remembering What Your Company Stands For — on Harvard Business Review.  Most engagement efforts fail because they’re generic. Fuse Customer Experience and Employee Experience to Drive Your Growth — on Forbes.  Adobe […]

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When Viad Corp.‘s Travel and Recreation Group undertook a re-branding in 2016, there were several objectives for the transformation including identifying a new name.  Instead of delegating the undertaking to the marketing department, as most organizational leaders would, President David Barry believed the most fundamental element of the transformation was employee engagement with the brand. […]

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“Bruising.” “Relentless.” “Painful.” “Frequent combat.” “Burn and churn.” No one would fault you for thinking a company with a workplace culture described in these harsh terms is destined for failure. Yet, one such company recently nearly doubled its operating income, increased its annual revenue by 27%, and turned in its 8th straight quarter of profitability. […]

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Call me old school, but I really enjoy the written word.  I prefer reading a long-form blog post or article than a pithy tweet or fleeting Facebook post.  That’s not to say that I want a writer to blather on — rather, I like reading the work of people who have mastered the written word […]