Professional Development

using vacation time
How Does Rest Improve Employee Productivity and Engagement?

Americans get fewer vacation days on average than many other countries, but even so, 55% of Americans did not use all of their vacation days in 2015. And amongst the people who did take vacation, 41% checked in on work while they were away. There are a lot of factors behind the American work ethic,…

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employee vacation time
Top 6 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time

Americans are notorious for not only having less vacation time than other countries but also not using all of the vacation time we do get. We have a tendency to worship work, and that can have some very negative consequences. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with loving your job and wanting to give…

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Using SLII® Style Conversations to Align Leaders and Employees

As discussed in our previous blogs, Situational Leadership® II is a widely-used leadership model that gives leaders a framework for adapting their leadership style to the needs of individual employees. The basic premise is that leaders shouldn’t use a single style of leadership and expect the best results. Every person on your team is an…

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The Big Benefits of Situational Leadership® II

Developed by Ken Blanchard, Situational Leadership® II has become one of the most widely used leadership models in the world because it helps improve employee engagement and increase employee retention. The basic principal behind SLII® is simple: different situations call for different types of leadership, even with the same employee. And it makes a lot…

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Happy Employees
Why Should Leaders Encourage Rest and Restoration?

At the end of 2016, over half of all full-time American employees had seven unused vacation days. When most workers only get ten days to begin with, that means that a huge part of the workforce is working way too hard. Overwork leads to health problems, disengaged workers, and high turnover rates. On the other…

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professional development for leaders
The Real Cost of Poor Leadership

The leaders in your organization have probably had a certain way of doing things for quite some time. They (and perhaps you) are set in their ways, which you’ve always seen as fine, because the work gets done. But leadership is a muscle that requires stretching and training. If you simply accept your leadership practices…

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Here’s to You!

2015 is drawing to a close. That means it’s time to look back over the year and see just how much you’ve accomplished. Look over the projects you’ve completed, the places you’ve gone, the people you’ve met, and gain a better perspective on the year. You just might be surprised at just how much you’ve…

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Gratitude at Work
Making Gratitude a Habit

The most successful people are inevitably the people who understand that they couldn’t have achieved their successes on their own. Successful people are grateful to the role models who came before them, the mentors who coached them, the employees who helped them see their vision through, and the friends and family who supported them along…

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