“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”- Henry Ford Would you like to…. Foster a more collaborative team environment at your organization? Align your team members’ efforts around a common mission or set of goals? See your team members more connected relationally? Strengthen your team’s ability to communicate with…

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(Part 1 of a 3 Part Series) With different generations in the modern workforce spanning the ages from 16 to 70+, managing employees in a way that promotes good will, productivity and efficiency is more important than ever. I wrote a blog on Sorting Out Coaching vs. Mentoring vs. Training a few months ago.  I…

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In this article highlighted below, you will see a different approach to training –one that is not time intensive yet has powerful results.  Whether you have a sales function or not, there is something universally applicable when it comes to micro-learning. “American Tire Distributors Shares Its Microlearning Success Story” by Sarah Fister Gale in Chief…

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What makes a great leader? Is it something inherited? Is it learned behavior? Can anyone acquire leadership abilities with sufficient determination?  These questions have been asked time and time again for years, yet the answers are clear. Character is the foundation of great leaders. The leaders whom people respect and will follow have the characteristics…

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How Leaders Communicate an Inspirational Vision   My all-time favorite book on the topic of leadership is called the Leadership Challenge, written by Kouzes and Posner.  Through years of research, they have summarized the key behaviors of leaders into 5 distinct practices (see prior blogs for more background). Kouzes and Posner identified five common concepts in…

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“Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share.” -Gallup At Invista Performance Solutions we hear first-hand concerns from organizations regarding employee performance. These aren’t always crystal clear performance needs or inquiries, but often a general sense that things could be working better and a desire to significantly improve them.…

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The dictionary defines leadership as the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group. True leadership isn’t about having a certain job, title or position.  True leadership is about investing in people, building relationships, and inspiring them to succeed.  True leadership is about achieving results and building a team…

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Michele Ada Alston, MA, is the author of this blog and a facilitator at The 2019 LIVE Instructor-led Supervisory Academy. This blog supports her workshop titled “Building Successful Teams: Managing Teams in a Diverse Workplace.”   Various reports show that companies who implement strategic communication practices are about 4.5 times more likely to have engaged employees…

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 Michele Alston, MA,  is the author of this blog and a facilitator at the 2019 LIVE Instructor-led Supervisory Academy. This blog supports her session titled “Courageous Conversations: Dealing with Difficult People.” We’ve all been there—trying valiantly to reason with an incredibly difficult person. The situation proves frustrating, maddening, and sometimes even frightening. The truth is,…

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