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How Will You Honor Your Employees on Recognition Day?

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 21 2017 | Comments (0)
Recognizing and affirming employee value is critical to creating and sustaining employee engagement. And while workplace recognition should be a no-brainer, Gallup research found otherwise. According to Gallup practice manager Annamarie Mann and researcher Nate...

Confessions of a Recovering Nonprofit Executive

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 07 2017 | Comments (0)
One of the most challenging jobs I know of is held by people who work in nonprofits — they are as passionate about their work as they are stressed trying to accomplish much with limited resources. I explored this topic recently with a former nonprofit leader, Debrah...

Extending Thanks Giving

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 08 2016 | Comments (0)
Regardless of when you observe Thanksgiving, the holiday encourages us to give thanks for all we have … and for all that we don’t have (e.g., difficult circumstances). I’m all for expressing sincere gratitude during the season; I just wish it...

Favorite Volunteer Quotes

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 05 2016 | Comments (1)
While anytime is a good time to acknowledge volunteers for their dedication to helping others, National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, provides a special opportunity to celebrate their efforts. In support of National Volunteer Week, here are my favorite...

What’s So Funny About Employee Engagement?

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 08 2016 | Comments (0)
Plenty, if you’re cynical about it. And such cynicism is not surprising given how many employees endure lame attempts to improve engagement. For example: Providing a special lunch for employees as a token employee appreciation event. Conducting periodic...

Top Takeaways from 2015

Posted by sybil | On: Dec 29 2015 | Comments (0)
Like most committed professionals, I’m always in learning mode. I find a constant stream of new ideas, lessons learned, and other important information from reading online and offline, speaking with participants in my workshops and presentations, attending...

Relationship Nurturing for the Season

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 30 2015 | Comments (0)
[Note: I'm delighted to feature this guest post from Hillary Feder, CEO, Ask Hillary's, who specializes in strategic relationship building. Hillary shares important tips for recognizing customers and clients during the holiday season.] Thoughts turn to nurturing...

Thoughts on Thanks Giving

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 17 2015 | Comments (0)
With gratitude on the Thanksgiving holiday and every day: “He enjoys much who is thankful for little.”  - Thomas Secker “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy …” - Charles H. Spurgeon “Things that matter most must...

How to Keep Your Employees Engaged During the Holidays

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 12 2015 | Comments (0)
The last few weeks of the calendar year are stressful in the workplace as people become distracted preparing for the holidays. Employees can be overwhelmed with year-end reporting and planning deadlines just as everyone else seems to be using up the last of their...

Best Lessons from Bad Bosses-Part 2

Posted by sybil | On: Oct 20 2015 | Comments (0)
We all love great bosses and hate the bad ones. The only upside to a bad boss is what we learn from our experience working with that person: primarily what not to do and, occasionally, what to do. Following up my previous post on lessons learned from bad bosses,...