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5 Ways To Help Employees Overcome The Excuse Mentality

ExcusesThe antidote to the excuse mentality is accountability where people take ownership, fix problems and bring solutions. Mentally and emotionally, accountability is where every leader wants their people to be. But accountability is not an either/or kind of phenomenon. Denial, blame, excuses and anxiety are all stages leading up to accountability that are part of the excuse mentality.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 18 May, 2017 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Why Trying To Reach Consensus Can Make People Angry

The majority of organizations like to consider themselves at least somewhat collaborative (most CEOs don’t raise their hands when you ask them if they want to create a cutthroat or dictatorial organization). Because of this, when we ask leaders how they like to make decisions, a large portion say they like to reach consensus.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 May, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →

Wall Street Just Exposed Why Employee Engagement Is Such A Joke In Some Companies

A few days ago, American Airlines announced that it was going to raise the pay of pilots and flight attendants to keep pace with competitors Delta and United. Currently, American’s pilots are paid about 8% less than Delta and United while flight attendants are paid about 4% less. In the words of American’s CEO, this is about “doing the right thing.”
Posted by Mark Murphy on 11 May, 2017 Employee Engagement, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →

How The Managers At Caesars Palace Teach Employees To Have A Great Attitude

Go to any relevant review site, type in Caesars Palace, and you’ll bring up a stream of reviews like these:
“The staff in all parts of the casino were attentive and over the top helpful. I will be returning to Caesars again and again!”
“From the moment you arrive and the valet and bellman greet you the excellent service welcomes you and you know you are on vacation and will have a wonderful experience.”

Posted by Mark Murphy on 04 May, 2017 Forbes, Hiring for Attitude | 0 comments | Read more →

In Job Interviews, Ask Candidates About Mistakes They've Made

Job InterviewMistakes. We all make them, but some of us respond more constructively than others when they happen. You don’t want to wait until someone is on your payroll to find out what they’ll do when they blunder. 

Are You A Technical Genius Who Gets Accused Of Lacking People Skills?

It’s not always easy being the technological expert on the team. You’re valued for your knowledge and skills, but those same two factors can make you appear superior, sarcastic or uncaring to others who are less technology savvy. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 19 April, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Talented Terrors And 'Bless Their Hearts'

Lots of organizations acknowledge only three categories of performance: high, middle and low. Hiring managers in these organizations are tasked with hiring desirable high performers and avoiding undesirable low performers. Now, high, middle and low performers certainly exist, but low performers come in several different types, and some are a lot harder to discern in an interview than others because they tend to do a really good job faking high-performer qualities.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 17 April, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

You're 87% More Likely To Love Your Job If You Work From Home

TelecommuteWe discovered that people who work from home (i.e., telecommuting) are almost twice as likely to love their jobs than employees who work in traditional co-located work-sites (like office buildings). And mobile workers (i.e., using multiple workspaces, in and out of the office) were about 58% more likely to love their job than their office-based peers.
First we asked people where they usually work (in an office, mobile or telecommute). And then we asked people to rate how they felt about their job (love, like, tolerate, dislike or hate). Here’s what we found.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 13 April, 2017 Forbes, Research, Telecommuting | 0 comments | Read more →

Here's The Phatic Expression You Should Never Say To Remote Employees


Deep and meaningful conversations are a hallmark of
 successful managers of remote employees. But while a lot of managers are talking to their remote employees, they’re not learning anything important during those conversations. A good litmus test of how productive your conversations with remote employees are is to ask yourself if your remote people are sharing with you their problems, bad news, struggles, challenges and all the other things you need to know to keep your people accountable and aligned.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 10 April, 2017 Forbes, Telecommuting | 0 comments | Read more →

Stop Asking These Questions On Your Employee Engagement Survey

Engagement SurveyIf your organization conducts employee engagement surveys, there’s something you really need to know: Never ask a question you don’t know how to fix. Sounds simple, right? Well, some of the most common engagement survey questions violate this simple rule (and one of your survey questions might be on this list).
Posted by Mark Murphy on 05 April, 2017 Employee Engagement, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →
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  • 5 Ways To Help Employees Overcome The Excuse Mentality
    ExcusesThe antidote to the excuse mentality is accountability where people take ownership, fix problems and bring solutions. Mentally and emotionally, accountability is where every leader wants their people to be. But accountability is not an either/or kind of phenomenon. Denial, blame, excuses and anxiety are all stages leading up to accountability that are part of the excuse mentality.

    This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ The antidote to the excuse mentality is accountability where people take ownership, fix problems and bring solutions. Mentally and emotionally, accountability is where every leader wants their people... Read more →

  • Video: Flattery
    Here's a dirty little secret that falls under the heading of communication skills: Flattery actually does work. It is effective. Saying nice things to people is a really good way to build relationships (it's not the only way, but it is a helpful tool). Great sales people know this. 

      Make Flattery Part of Your Communication Skills Here's a dirty little secret that falls under the heading of communication skills: Flattery actually does work. It is effective. Saying nice things to people is a really good way to build... Read more →

  • Why Trying To Reach Consensus Can Make People Angry
    The majority of organizations like to consider themselves at least somewhat collaborative (most CEOs don’t raise their hands when you ask them if they want to create a cutthroat or dictatorial organization). Because of this, when we ask leaders how they like to make decisions, a large portion say they like to reach consensus.

    This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ When I ask leaders how they like to make decisions, a large portion say they like to reach consensus. But actually reaching consensus is hard and usually time-consuming.... Read more →