36 results for author: Michelle M. Smith


CEOs Focus on Talent Shortages, But the Key is Engagement & Retention

In the last couple of years, leaders have been compelled to look to a new asset group – their workforce – to provide the company with the same productivity and financial gains they've experienced from leveraging hard assets and operational ...
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Who’s Got Your Back? 4 Keys to Building Trusting Work Relationships

If you've ever had a boss, colleague, or group of people in your life who've offered exceptional advice or shepherded you in the right direction, you inherently understand the enormous power and potential of those relationships. Unfortunately, many of us ...
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Information Overload: Why Brevity is Becoming a Business Basic

Brevity is emerging as an essential new business basic. In the fast-paced, multi-tasking, attention-deficit workplaces we find ourselves, getting to the point quickly matters more than ever. If you're long winded, you'll lose people's attention and get lost ...
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A Close Look at What CEOs Really Think About Employee Engagement

Have you ever wondered what your CEO really thinks about employee engagement? Many of us have, and research from the Ashridge Business School provides some answers. The study found CEOs had a pretty good idea of what employee engagement is and what it ...
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The Path to Success: 8 Little Secrets to Getting Promoted

It's never too early to carve out your path to success. Start to think, act, and communicate like a leader to get the promotion you ultimately want. Even if you're still several levels away from your dream promotion, there are numerous ways you can get on ...
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5 Ways to Help Employees Think More Strategically

When asked to select the leadership behavior most critical to their organizations' future success, executives chose strategic thinking 97 percent of the time, according to a large scale global research study by the Management Research Group, and strategic ...
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Humble Leadership: Research Shows it’s a Big Competitive Advantage

Humility may be a virtue, but it’s also a competitive advantage. According to research from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, humble people are more likely to be high performers in individual and team settings and they also tend to ...
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The 5 Keys to Creating a Meaningful, Productive Work Experience

Does work need to be meaningful? Many of us have resigned ourselves to the notion that work is something we do primarily to earn income. Those earnings then allow us to purchase goods and services we can use to improve our lives and the lives of those we ...
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How You Can Create a Job You Really Love

“People who love their jobs aren’t choosing jobs they love – they’re making jobs they love,” says Dr. Shane Lopez, Gallup senior scientist and author of Making Hope Happen. Dr. Lopez interviewed thousands of workers to discover the attributes ...
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Want to Engage High-Potential Employees? Don’t Take Them for Granted

Employees aren’t human capital assets or resources—they are unique and talented individuals entitled to respect and the pursuit of purpose in their lives. They congregate in organizations to perform meaningful work in a community with others of like mind ...
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What CEOs Really Want from HR Leaders

Your CEO doesn’t want you to be a human resources leader—they want you to be a business leader with human resources expertise. While that may just seem like a clever turn of phrase, there’s a growing body of research that supports this concept and ...
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7 Characteristics That Set Great Leaders Apart

No one is perfect, and that goes for our leaders too—even though we may wish differently for them. We want them to be near perfect in their ability to inspire us to do great work, accomplish important things for the organization, and lead us with humanity ...
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