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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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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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Teambuilding Tips: A Happy Team is a Productive Team

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Last week my husband and I volunteered in our adult daughter’s 1st grade classroom. It was so fun to see the excitement of the new year and watch these young people getting engaged in learning new things. We can learn a lot from these first graders. They spent time reviewing their listening skills, practicing being kind and respectful, and learning how to resolve conflict in an appropriate way (and some of the consequences when you don’t). Their focus on learning the foundations of good communication reminded me that how we communicate with each other is critical in everything we do, even lining

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