Motivation

Motivation to Finish the Year Strong!

Motivation is a tricky thing. If you are a parent of more than one child, you know that each of your children requires a different method of motivation. The same is true for your staff. The real key to motivation is to pay attention to how motivated you are. Your team pays more attention to…

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A Chance to Give Back

Last week we shared a bunch of ideas for holiday marketing. One of the things on my mind this week is that we have a great opportunity to give back to our community. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to give back to my community. I raised funds for the…

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Scorecards

I was sitting in church today and noticed that even my church has a scorecard. Over the last year, I have taken a new step toward accountability within my company. All of our sales team and many of our team members in management have a scorecard. This scorecard helps all of us stay accountable. At…

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Do you show appreciation?

Tomorrow is Employee Appreciation Day. I know, to some it may feel like this is just another Hallmark day to celebrate, but did you know that studies show that “recognition” was one of the main things employees wanted in order to produce great work? I mean, we all want a little appreciation now and then,…

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Change & Letting Go

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I tend to make my resolutions when I’m ready, instead of when people say that we should make them. A few weeks ago I was ready and set a goal to give up non-essential sugar. I mean, who can really give it up 100%? It’s in our food…

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Sometimes Sadness Comes Before Joy

This weekend I took my kids to see the movie Inside Out. If you haven’t been, even if you don’t have kids, I really recommend that you go. I also advise that you take a box of tissues with you. The gist of the story is there are different people (voices) inside your head: Joy,…

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Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Have you ever read the children’s book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? The premise is that from the time he wakes up, absolutely NOTHING goes Alexander’s way all day long. I think we have all had that day before. The day where you feel like you just cannot win, and…

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Stress-and the End of Your Life

Some of stress is good–even exciting. Some is not so good. So what do you do with it? This summer, Shawn Achor spoke at Bowl Expo. My entire team got pumped, and we all read The Happiness Advantage.  Allison decided for Q-3 that one of her “big rocks” would be to create a Happiness Initiative…

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What I Learned from my Summer Vacation

    Countries in Europe are like states in America (size wise). I had the amazing opportunity to visit 8 countries in about 14 days! England, Holland, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Germany, & Denmark. Every place was incredible! A world perspective is a good thing. We had the opportunity to interact with our tour guides who…

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Graduation

A really good friend of mine sent me an article this week. He’s brilliant in about every way, and one of the best things he did was to preface the email with: “If you want to read a really great speech/article on life, click on the link below. If you do read it, ignore that it’s…

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