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How to Facilitate an Appreciation Circle

Appreciation

You shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you really mean it. Then you should say it a lot. People forget that. ~ Jessica, Age 8 Studies have found that practicing appreciation can improve relationshps and motivate employees.  It can also increase wellness and lessen stress. In short, regular appreciation will not only boost performance and engagement, but also improve an employee’s health and well-being. There are certainly many ways to show appreciation.One of my favorites to use with a work group is to facilitate an appreciation circle. Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable Participating in an appreciation circle can be uncomfortable for some at

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Communication Tools: The Power of Micro-Connects

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I can live one or two months  on one good compliment – Mark Twain One of the deepest human needs is to feel appreciated.  It’s what makes us feel valued. It’s what makes us happy and it’s what motivates us.  We live in a culture that is appreciation deprived.  Studies show that up to 70% of workers feel they are not appreciated. But, the good news is that when you give appreciation to someone on a regular and informal basis, you will see a 40% increase in their performance. Wow! Why don’t we do more of that? Mostly it’s because we

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Sorry, I wasn’t listening: 5 ways to model better listening skills

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I have a confession to make.  I’m a serial interrupter. When I already know what someone is trying to say, or finish saying, isn’t it way more efficient to just cut right in so we can move on? I know I shouldn’t do it.  I know it’s rude.  It drives me crazy when other people do it, so why do I?   And, I know it drives others crazy as well.  My husband and I spend way too much time re-creating conversations that only got half heard due to distractions, interruptions or one of us simply not paying full attention.

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My Most Read Posts on Communication

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

This is my lazy period between Christmas and New Year. Time to review 2015 – the highs, lows, what I did really well and what I can do better next year. I like to look at my previous years posts, and see what spoke to people.  It’s a fun retrospective and helps me set some goals for the new year.  It was interesting to see what my readers read, liked and shared most.  So, if you missed them, here they are – my most read posts of 2015: Photo by:Shootin'For Fun 1. How to Have the Best Staff Meeting Ever – When boring

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Employee engagement: How to have the best staff meetings ever

I used to dread having our monthly staff meetings. They were boring. I had trouble keeping people awake to share updates and announcements. And, they were a lot of work.  I never had enough time to make them very interesting, so they usually just ended up with announcements and a round table of updates. So, I did what every clever manager does when they don’t want to do something – I delegated it.  I asked my assistant to help me organize them with a goal of making them more interesting and engaging. And, boy did she ever! We brainstormed and tried new

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