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Seizing The Opportunity To Manage Your Work And Life

I abhor victimhood.   Sadly, far too many people embrace it, both in their workplace and the way they live their lives. Two Sundays ago, I saw Reese Witherspoon interviewed on CBS News Sunday Morning and was so impressed with her approach to work and life: “I am my own lottery ticket.”  Wow.   Reese’s quote and choice really resonated with me and was/is especially impressive given the fact that Reese was sexually assaulted by a movie director when she was 16 years old. Let’s look at how this relates to the two top statistical drivers of Employee ...

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”  – Sir Winston Churchill

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”   - Sir Winston Churchill Coronavirus. Pandemic. Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Do I shower today?  Unprecedented times. Work from home (WFH). Remote workers. Virtual work.  Who would have thought these words would be so frequently used by our worldwide lexicon? Here is some great advice on helping your virtual employees to adjust to remote work – Read more: https://kevinsheridanllc.com/2020/03/helping-your-virtual-employees-adjust-to-remote-work/ I sincerely hope that you and yours are safe, happy, and healthy, Kevin   Good Reads/Views 12 Geniuses Podcast: Entrepreneurial expert Gino Wickman joins 12 Geniuses to ...

Working Together to Create a Strategic Virtual Work Plan

Our working lives have experienced remarkable change in the past month.  Many careers like yours have been forced to move home and online, with Zoom and Hangouts becoming the new normal. In this new normal, many organizations and leaders are realizing that it’s more powerful and efficient to have a remote work model.  In fact, the metrics are there to prove it. You may ask yourself why didn’t we make the change to a remote work model sooner?  The answer is because it’s easier and more comfortable to keep doing what you’re already doing. Now it’s a ...

Helping Your Virtual Employees Adjust to Remote Work

The Coronavirus has forced hundreds of millions of people worldwide into working remotely.  The Coronavirus has also forced millions of Managers into the role of Virtual Manager, wrestling with how to manage, motivate, and engage their new virtual workforce.  Thus, so many employees and Managers are struggling with this sudden virtual workplace.  Being the author of The Virtual Manager and best-seller Building a Magnetic Culture, in addition to being the CEO of a partial remote workforce company, I can help train your employees and Managers on the related best practices.  Feel free to email me if ...

Have A Manager Who Is Opposed To Virtual Work In Spite Of The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Do you have “old school” Senior Leaders who still refuse to allow people to work from home (WFH) in spite of the current Coronavirus Pandemic?  Believe it or not, many people still do. If so, is there a way to coach them to “see the light?”  Maybe, or maybe not.  But here’s your best shot for winning them over. As mentioned frequently in the recent press, the clear evidence about the health benefits of telecommuting is very compelling.  Step 1 is to educate these managers on the serious health risks of not doing so.  Dangerous ...

How a Leonardo da Vinci etching turned into a Rembrandt.

Decades ago, my Father placed a bid at a charity auction for a piece of artwork.  He was told that this particular etching was created by Leonardo da Vinci.  He won the bid and brought the artwork home.  In his typical colorful fashion, he hung the da Vinci in his bathroom, where it resided until my Dad’s passing. Upon becoming the new owner of this etching, I carefully looked for proof that it was indeed a real da Vinci piece of artwork.  This authentication was especially important because, sadly, my Dad had a history of being ...

Three Myths About Employee Engagement

At many of the conferences where I am a keynote speaker, I have encountered several large myths and inaccuracies purported and communicated about Employee Engagement.  It is sad to me that managers and executives may be taking errant action plan steps based upon these inaccuracies and mistruths. Hence, the purpose of this blog is to correct these myths and share the truth.   Myth #1:  65% of Workers are Disengaged. Not true. For some reason, over the last year numerous articles are citing that 65% of workers are disengaged, according to Gallup, which is wholly inaccurate.  The origin ...

The Four Key Characteristics Of Successful Public Speakers

On the heels of delivering many of my Keynote Speeches, I am often asked what traits make a public speaker successful, which is what inspired this blog. After extensive research and pondering my 12 years of keynote speaking experiences, here are the four top traits of the most successful public speakers:   1. They exude confidence. No one wants to see a nervous and emotionally anxious speaker at the front of the room.  Great speakers exhibit a fully confident demeanor and know their topics thoroughly.  This confidence is infectious and translates into the audience fully trusting and believing ...

Luck is Largely Misunderstood.

Oftentimes when seeing some type of positive outcome, people tell someone “You are so lucky,” when in fact the outcome had nothing to do with luck.  I’ll be honest.  When someone says it to me, it really bugs me, especially since most of the things I have accomplished in my life were earned through hard work, perseverance, perspiration, drive, and passion.  None of my achievements and successes were “given” to me through luck.  Leading with generosity is another great way to source “luck.”  In other words, giving something to someone else and not expecting anything ...

The 5 Most Effective & Tactical Solutions To Recruitment Marketing

So many organizations are searching for new and more effective means of recruitment marketing.  Well, over the last two months we researched this topic, and definitively identified the five most proven strategies of doing so. Recruit via social media. Give social media’s high utilization, why not use it to source your job candidates?  When we interviewed the most successful recruiters, they uniformly confirmed that social media platforms are an indispensable means of sourcing great job candidates.  Many of them also cited the best practice of using short videos of current employees giving testimonials about the company culture ...

The 6 Secrets To Delivering A Successful Sales Pitch

You arrive at a big prospective customer’s office and are escorted to their largest conference room. So where and how do you begin your sales pitch? Follow the six tactical tips below and you will more than likely land the client as your newest customer:   1. Recognize that it is not about you. It is about them. So many salespeople make the mistake of starting their sales pitch with a background on themselves and their company. A big mistake. The potential customer immediately sees this veiled narcissism and concludes that you cared little about their preferences, needs, and ...

Giving Thanks And Paying It Forward: Powerful Tools Of Employee Engagement.

After one of my recent Keynote Speeches in Boston, one attendee came up to me and put her hand on my arm, looked me in the eyes, and said: “I had to come up and thank you.  I saw you speak here last year and you changed my life.  Truly.  Based on your advice about the importance of having pride and passion in one’s work, I changed my job.  I am now passionate about what I do and prideful about where I work.  I left a terrible marriage.  I started working out daily....

Top Five Benefits of Having Great Office Coffee

Guest post from Olivia Moore, co-writer at Fourth Estate Coffee.  Reaching the workplace through the rush hour traffic impacts your freshness. Feeling worn down before you even begin work is not an ideal way to start your day. Be it an imminent deadline or an important meeting, having a cuppa coffee is a great way to begin your day. Before you even take a sip of the coffee, the fascinating aroma that wafts from the cup gives your senses a soothing feeling. While some may say that coffee can be quite addicting, it is important to note that when ...

How to Improve Company Culture: 5 Tips

how to improve company culture

Are you trying to improve company culture in your organization? Check out these five tips on how to do just that: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Management guru Peter Drucker said that years ago and wow, was he spot on. Thousands of companies have wrestled with how to improve their company culture, in the hope of improving employee engagement, talent attraction, and talent retention. This blog will show you how to improve company culture, including five tips that will make a real difference at your organization.   1. Develop a Shared Vision and Mission for the Organization and its ...

22 Tactical Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

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Fear of public speaking is a very common form of anxiety. It can range from sweaty palms, shaky hands, a blushed face, a quivering voice, or a stomach tied in knots, to outright panic. But by using the following proven public speaking tips, you can not only overcome your public speaking anxiety, but also deliver high-quality and memorable presentations.   1. Passionately know and fully understand your topic. The following prerequisites can ensure that you select the right subject: - The topic energizes you and is something you are absolutely passionate about. - The subject has had a major impact ...

The Top 10 Mistakes Made by New Hires: An Onboarding Checklist on what NOT to do

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We know that starting a new job can be a bit overwhelming and mistakes can be made, especially in the first month when new hires are still getting the lay of the land. And whether or not it’s fair, judgements are made about new employees—often very quickly. So, if you’re new to your role or you know someone who is, here is an onboarding checklist of 10 mistakes to avoid.   1. Not showing up early enough Arriving late for work sends an immediate negative message and warning sign to your manager and coworkers, but showing up right on time ...

Leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility for Employee Engagement

Corporate Social Responsibility

I recently had the honor of giving the Opening Keynote at The Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida. In their words, “The Doolittle Institute has the privilege of providing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to thousands of underserved students, many of them military personnel. These hands-on programs include robotics, coding, computer-aided design, managing job stress, time management, and others. One of our primary goals is to inspire and educate our country’s future workforce.” About half of my audience were in uniform. Needless to say, I was inspired to bring my “A game” and deliver a kick-ass keynote speech. ...

Funny HR Stories

funny HR stories

During one of my recent keynote speeches, a member of the audience asked me to share the funniest or most unusual story about Human Resources management I had ever heard in my 35 years as management consultant. I included one below, but I thought it would be fun to invite my newsletter subscribers to share their funny HR stories. If you need a good laugh, these stories won’t disappoint!   From Kevin: I was doing employee survey feedback sessions for a company in Michigan and I met with the third shift of the manufacturing operation who scored very, very, ...

The Business Case for Remote Work

The Business Case for Remote Work

According to Harvard Business Review, 40% of the existing worldwide workforce are virtual workers (people who work remotely). This is trending upward and will continue for several important reasons.  First, a remote work policy facilitates a powerful way to attract top talent, especially Millennials and Gen Z, the two generations who value autonomy and scheduling flexibility the most. To quote Bob Dylan, “The times they are a changing,” and organizations need to change with them. Given that reality, the business case for remote work becomes even more compelling.  Second, flexible work hours and allowing employees to work remotely ...

How to Improve Company Culture: Your Sneak-Peek at 6 Innovative Tips

How to Improve Company Culture

Leaders in all industries are constantly wondering how to improve company culture. There are myriad benefits to achieving world-class culture, not the least of which are: higher profitability, improved customer service, enhanced talent attraction, and superior talent retention. Below are six of the most unique and proven means of achieving a best-in-class organizational culture. Three of the six secrets were discovered by noticing three consistent commonalities among the thousands of best-in-class organizations (top 10%) with whom I worked in my 35 years as a culture and employee engagement consultant. Empower your employees to accept ownership for their own engagement....

Is your communication style a message in a bottle?

I just returned from an amazing 30-day cruise of the Indian Ocean, which included ports of call in 12 different countries. While at sea one day exercising on the cruise ship deck, and prompted by a sunlight reflection off the water, I spied a sealed bottle floating on the surface of the ocean. It immediately made me wonder if there was a message in the bottle, and if so, I pondered what the odds were that the message would ever be read. So many organizations are mistakenly using “messages in a bottle” to communicate to their employees. As a ...

6 Ways To Reduce Employees’ Stress During The Holidays

Employees’ Stress

Let’s face it.  The holiday season is a very stressful time, both at work and at home.  Great managers will be looking for ways to make the holidays a lot less intense for their team members.  Here are six basic ways of doing just that: Eliminate the pressure of “Secret Santa.” First, ask your employees if they want to discontinue this age-old tradition that often ends up being harder to execute than people expect.  Explain how forgoing Secret Santa gives the “gift of time,” since everyone will have one less gift to buy and wrap....

The Disturbing Signs That We Have A Long Way To Go In Closing The Workplace Gender Gap

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The #MeToo movement has shined a powerful spotlight on the gender gap in the workplace.  Not only did it reveal the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, but it also highlighted the continued persistence of gender inequality. A recent survey by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org provides clear evidence of how men and women come into the working world in roughly equal numbers, but women immediately fall behind. (And these plummeting career ladder numbers are even worse for women who are minorities.) Women’s share of jobs at the following steps “up” the career ladder: Entry Level:  ...

11 Things You Need to Know About Generation Z

Generation Z

Millennials, Millennials, Millennials.  Very much in line with Millennials’ insatiable desire for recognition, it seems like the last ten years of articles, videos, and speeches, were all about Millennials. As the first surge of Generation Z enters the workplace, organizations may be surprised at how different they are from Millennials (also known as Generation Y).  Organizations, human resource leaders, and managers will need to learn about, and fully understand, this unique generation especially since they may be the solution to the never-ending talent attraction and talent retention challenge.  Thus, employers will need to also adapt and bring ...

Detecting Alzheimer’s in the Workplace

Alzheimer’s in the workplace

In early 2018, I lost my Dad to this dreadful disease. Alzheimer’s is a form of progressive dementia, where the brain cells gradually stop functioning or die. The disease usually occurs in adults over the age of 65. This used to be past the typical age for retirement, but that isn’t true anymore. Largely due to the 2008 recession, 62% of all employees between the ages of 45 and 60 have planned on delaying their retirement. That means we have an older workforce that is more likely to experience problems with Alzheimer’s in the workplace. In fact, according to The ...