Inspiring workplaces are places where people feel motivated to perform at their best potential and to contribute their ideas for the betterment of the organization. Inspiring leaders understand that there are no motivational shortcuts. Pep talks, team building activities and salary perks all have their place, but creating a highly motivated workforce is not the result of a one, ten or even twenty times a year event.
I sat down a awhile back with Paul Spiegelman, the founder and CEO of Beryl and the author of “Why is Everyone Smiling?” at Beryl’s headquarters in Bedford, Texas. Paul Spiegelman is a truly inspiring leader, someone who has nurtured one of the top workplaces in the world. Beryl is known for its family-friendly, employee-centric [...]
A lot of organizations don’t spend much time thinking about the state of their culture until a crisis comes up: employee turnover rates skyrocket, workplace accidents rise, or an internal employee survey reveals that (surprise, surprise!) employee morale is lower than a worm’s belly. And then the search for the quick fix begins: let’s throw a [...]
Many years ago, while speaking to a group of Thai delegates on a trip through the Rockies, I told my favourite grizzly joke. The interpreter spent 3 minutes translating my hilarious joke, where upon the group gazed at me with an eerie collective silence. Their facial expressions seemed to be saying, “Is this man mentally [...]