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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A Work Culture that builds Team Cohesion

A Work Culture that builds Team Cohesion

As you know, cohesion has to do with sticking together, but it is not simply being stuck together.  Team cohesion can be defined as the broad set of attributes that allow a team to be productive within itself and within it’s organizational community. Cohesion occurs when the sticking together leads to a united whole. For example, a chair has cohesive parts because the wood pieces stick to each other in a way which constructs the united whole, the chair.  If the parts stuck together in a way which did not form the chair, it is not cohesive. In the same way, in a functional organization, each part, each team, needs… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Creativity

1      Program Objectives Creativity thrives at the intersection of the “possible” and the “not possible” idea.  Creativity takes place when practical, reality-based thinking is unbridled by perceived limitations. 2      In Action The Program Admin motivates the group to first choose a theme for their Hidden Treasures, project, the concept they wish to convey to their audience.  Next, the children are encouraged to develop an idea for the project that is best-suited for illustrating or accomplishing the theme regardless of any limitations in skills, resources, time, etc…  Finally, the children then design the project to reach as close as possible to their “not possible” idea. 3      Reasoning Kids are taught to… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Introduction: Our Sum is Greater than Our Parts

Problem With the focus on individual performance and evaluation, the development of children within team and community is insufficient.  While children are taught team skills, they do not see the value in teams beyond just a shared workload.  Children must not only learn the necessary skills of teamwork, but the added value that occurs through teamwork.  Hidden Treasures instills the benefits of teamwork made possible in functional teams. Vision To instill an understanding with kids that the sum is greater than its parts; that teamwork isn’t simply adding together independent work, but combining independent skills and experiences to create one functional unit which is capable of much greater things than… Read More

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Three Keys to Translating CSR into Employee Engagement

Three Keys to Translating CSR into Employee Engagement

Corporate social responsibility has become a catch-phrase in the philanthropic world.  The perception of CSR departments is that the corporate is looking to dump money on whichever NGO applies first. However, many corporates have built extensive internal structures to ensure that their CSR initiatives serve a greater purpose than just satisfying the government and PR requirements. One purpose corporates embrace is that CSR can directly translate into employee engagement.  Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Three Keys that Reinvent CSR for Employee Engagement In and of itself, CSR does little for employee engagement.  While it strengthens the relationship between the corporate and the society, the employee is left out… Read More

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