Managing Millennials and Engaging Values at Work

According to a recent, major research report by the Gallup organization, How Millennials Want to Work and Live,  only 29% of millennials are “engaged” at work. The other 71% are either not engaged or are actively disengaged. Why does this matter? According to Gallup, “business units in the top quartile of employee engagement are 17% more Read more about Managing Millennials and Engaging Values at Work[…]

Values-Driven Leadership

“Values Driven Leadership” is an in depth look at leadership styles as they develop from the Values Perspective model. Four basic styles describe a wide variety of priorities and behaviors in a simple to understand model and discussion. This exploration into leadership is not yet another leadership prescription, offering what should be done. It is Read more about Values-Driven Leadership[…]

Graduated and Scared to Death? Time to Learn and Tell Your Core Story

We conducted a recent workshop with undergraduates, new graduates and faculty at a university business school in Canada. For a lot of them, the question is “what now?” The premise we started with is: learn yourself and learn to tell your story with clarity and confidence. Getting there requires that each person gets to his Read more about Graduated and Scared to Death? Time to Learn and Tell Your Core Story[…]

Use Your Values to Prepare for That Job Interview

Looking for a job is one of the more difficult things in life. And it almost makes things more difficult when well meaning friends turn into advisors. “Don’t take it personally,” they say, particularly in regard to the inevitable rejections that one must tolerate. But being selected, or not, is personal on some level. It’s Read more about Use Your Values to Prepare for That Job Interview[…]

The Internet – A Phase Shift in the Value of Belonging

Facebook now has more than 800 million active users. Google+ just started, and already has over 100 million active users. Wikipedia names more than 200 separate social networking sites, representing a growing diversity of interests. Even though the remarkable growth of social networks has been leveling off, nearly one billion users is a lot of Read more about The Internet – A Phase Shift in the Value of Belonging[…]

Storytelling in a Civil Engineering Company

Storytelling is a powerful vehicle for persuasion. We work with a large civil engineering company, where engineers, estimators and business managers rotate from the field into an employee development advocate role. Their job is to identify development needs in their business unit. Some of these people like to say that they have come into the role with Read more about Storytelling in a Civil Engineering Company[…]