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Tune In For Today’s Live #LDHangout!

Today is a big day. It’s the kick-off event for the Learning and Development Hangout Series sponsored by Meridian Knowledge Solutions and hosted by yours truly. Today’s topic: Gamification in the Modern Workforce. Kris Dunn and I will have a uncensored conversation on the realities of gamification and discuss how leveraging gamification can produce meaningful employee and organizational outcomes – without breaking the bank. Click …

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Stop Saying “I Can’t” and Start Acting Like a Consultant

Hearing someone say “I can’t” is one of my top pet peeves of all time. If you’re being asked for something that’s a true impossibility—I can understand that—but too often I hear “I can’t” when the real answer is “I can solve you problem, but I’ll need to approach that problem from a different angle.” “I can’t” is probably one of …

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The Secret Sauce of The Best Managers At Your Company

You’re familiar with The Best Places to Work lists that come out every year. Imagine a spin on that idea—designed to be administered inside your company—The Best People to Work For.  It would go a little something like this:  survey goes out to all employees asking them, anonymously, to identify who the best managers in your company are. Then they’d be asked to explain why they chose …

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GAME ON!: A Quick and Dirty Introduction to Gamification

I was up over at Fistful of Talent last week talking about gamification — what it is, what it isn’t, and 3 step to ensure that you set your gamification initiative up for success.  Here’s a snippet from the intro: “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been elbow deep in online learning.  Newsflash: Translating a dynamic live training experience into an equally engaging …

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HR SCI-FI: When Everything Is Free

Check out this excerpt from “The Big Moo”: “What if your company’s business model was like that of public broadcasting? That is, all of your products [and services] are free. You can only earn revenue by convincing your customers to donate money that represents of their value of of your product.” The book goes on to point out that thousands of public radio stations …

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Be Bolder in 2015

This time last year, you had some hopes, dreams, and aspirations for how you’d use your time in 2014.  Now it’s 2015, and if you’re like me, you have tons to be thankful for because so many things went better than you could have planned. But there were are also things that you wish you’d handled differently. New habits you …

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5 Realities That Drive Innovation  

Newsflash: You don’t have to cure cancer, go on Shark Tank, be in tech, or work for a trendy Startup firm to innovate.   The good news is there’s space for all of us to innovate in whatever our chosen specialty. You don’t have to revolutionize your field or the world. Here’s my short list of the five most important things …

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The ONLY Guide To Office Halloween Costumes You’ll EVER Need

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Should You Wear A Costume To Work For Halloween? If there’s been any kind of official messaging advising against dressing up for Halloween… stop here. You’re probably better off showing up tomorrow in your blue blazer or pencil skirt. Sorry chump – no Halloween for you. If dressing up will in some way prevent or hinder your …