Some say it is the economy, others speak about the lack of motivation of staff members, and many attribute it to the increased lack of balance between work and personal life. Whatever it is –this state of limbo, of disengagement, of blah — it has seeped into many organizations. This is a recurring theme with many of our clients at Training By Design: the topic of motivation, or lack thereof, as the case may be. I walk into countless meetings where the first thing out of the mouths of leaders is, “How can I motivate my people?” “How can we get out of our rut?” “Why isn’t my organization more engaged, excited, passionate about what we are doing?” There are many answers, reasons, and responses to this question; but the one answer that gets to the heart of all of these questions is innovation. It is certainly not a new concept, but one that often needs guidance to get started or re-started. The busier we get, the lower on the … [Read more...] about Innovate: It’s the Only Way!
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On a side note about cool products from Google: My favorite new discovery from the Google realm is the ability to txt the search giant with a query and get an instant answer right there on my phone — a service that has already helped me get where I want to go without the hassle of calling 411. … [Read more...] about Ask Google Who’s Stifling the Information Revolution
The use of Teflon as a metaphor is fairly ubiquitous. We even called Ronald Reagan the Teflon President. I don’t know what to call G.W. Bush, but since it usually takes him being hit on the head with a frying pan, Teflon or not, to admit he’s wrong, we can keep it in the cookware ball park. In any case, Teflon is now a word that indicates things sliding right off, leaving no impression on the surface with which they interact. So (cue dramatic music sting here) is it a coincidence, then, that the invention of Teflon and the growing work-life balance movement have occurred simultaneously? (Go ahead, add another dramatic music sting. Dum-dum-dum.) (I know you all want to add a “b” to the end of all those d-u-m’s, but wait until the end. I’m just getting started on my ridiculous theory, here. ) … [Read more...] about Work-Life Balance, a Sticky Situation