From the Archive: The incredible importance of “Thank you”

I am taking some time off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. So I selected this post from earlier in the year.  My friend Paul Hebert and I frequently disagree on issues surrounding engagement and motivation. When Paul leaves a comment on a blog post I pay attention. He is one smart guy who has been specializing …

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HR is Sales: A Lesson from Dan Pink SHRM13

  I will admit up front that I like Daniel Pink’s work. I don’t always agree with him, as you can read here in his discussion on changes in motivation. However, I agree with him in the premise that he based his speech on at SHRM13. HR is sales and we need to understand this …

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Networking Advice: SHRM 2012

  Regardless of whether you are employed or unemployed networking skills are extremely important. Most of us do it poorly. On person who does it correctly is Keith Ferrazzi of FerrazziGreenlight. He is an über-networker. He provides a constant stream of tips and networking advice on his Greenlight Blog. In one of his recent newsletters …

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Priming: A Sneaky or Useful HR Tool?

I am sure some of you are thinking what the heck is “priming”? Are we talking gasoline engines here? The answer to that question is NO. Priming is a well-known tool in the marketing world. I want your opinion on whether or not it is a sneaky or a useful tool in HR. I am …

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Influencing People: 7 Key Tips for Effective HR

 A favorite writer of mine, Kevin Eikenberry, related a travel story where he exercised Seven Simple Way to Subtly Influence People. As I read how Kevin used his influence for a successful outcome I thought that his seven tips can and should become the foundation for influencing people, which is a key trait and skill …

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