Empowering Forms of Recognition

Everyone wants to be recognized. It’s a great feeling. It’s one of those feelings that motivates us to work harder. It probably shouldn’t be our primary source of motivation, but it is definitely a great support to our motivation. It gives us that little “oomph” when things become difficult. For recognition to be empowering, we need to consider how and what it means to the receiver. There are two forms of recognition: affirmation and appreciation. Affirmation & Appreciation Affirmation is letting you know that you are on the right track, or that the work you have done was done well, or that you have achieved a skill. Today my kids… Read More

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Employee Training Requires Adult Learning Strategies

Employee Training Requires Adult Learning Strategies

Corporate training must be teaching. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Much of corporate training serves a different purpose. Social interaction, a break from the monotony of work, etc… In these cases, training is secondary to the ulterior purpose. For the HR training departments who want to corporate training to be true to its name. It should be skill development. It should be team development. It should be some form of development which leads to transformation in the way that the corporate employee accomplishes work. When we consider corporate training, we see that concepts are laid out in front of employees through a brief 1-day to 1-week course of sessions.… Read More

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Engaging Employees through Transparency

Employer’s do not realize that Transparency is an overlooked value, yet it leads to increased Motivation and Engagement in the company’s culture. Unfortunately, transparency has no metric.  There is no value to increase.  It is a perception of the employee community. A corporate culture can be said to have transparency if the employees can answer two questions: What is our current health and how am I contributing to it? What is our vision and how am I contributing to it? Corporate health predominantly refers to finances. An awareness of the financial health of an organization is paramount to transparency. At the same time, corporate health extends just beyond finances.  It… Read More

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Self-Worth Explained

Self-Worth is a deep-seeded belief in the value of oneself.  This belief sprouts into different characteristics that give clues to the strength of the child’s Self-Worth belief.  Similarly, clues such as anxiety and complacency are clues for barriers that inhibit Self-Worth. To varying levels, society suppresses Self-Worth in its quest for conformity.  Voluntary conformity can continue to breed Self-Worth.  On the other hand, involuntary conformity, reinforced by negative feedback, commonly experienced in educational institutions and in destitute environments, can subvert self-worth.  In self-defense, the child creates barriers to these stimuli. It must be remembered that it is not the stimulus, be it a math exam, a sports race, a leadership… Read More

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