How Saying Thank You Can Be Meaningful or Empty

Saying thank you to someone should be a wonderful expression and witness of our sincere appreciation and gratitude for a person and/or something they have done for us or others.

But what if the speaker of thanks is being manipulative with those two words that many of us long to hear? How do you know if they spoke the words with authenticity? Are they meaningful?

Let’s first examine what the words “thank you” mean. 


Make Sure You Eliminate Bias With Judging Awards

Most organizations have a formal awards program that is their “best-of-the-best” academy awards event. These formal award programs are truly the best performance ranking, or earned award, such as the top salesperson, or they are nomination based and selected by a judging committee.

Often the selected jurors are previous award recipients because they know the standard required to become an award winner.

But does using previous award winners as jurors who are peers of potential award candidates lead to bias in selecting winners? 


Learn to “Say” It Forward

The only good thing about having to visit a doctor’s office is the strong possibility of picking up a magazine to read that you don’t subscribe to or seldom have chance to read.

I came across an old Reader’s Digest magazine on one of these visits.

Inside I read an interesting article written by Lisa Bendall all about “The Science of Being Nice”.

The article looks at the benefits of “doing good” for other people. It’s taken from a social scientist perspective and the innate sense of altruism or self-interest.

Is there any real benefit to being nice? I’ll examine this from some of the scientific findings available. (more…)

7 Steps To Working More Collaboratively With Each Other

There has been a lot of talk, media articles and research lately about the interesting topic of “collaboration”.

Collaboration is simply the practice of willingly working together towards a common goal to meet some specific need for the benefit of the company.

Often, when you think about collaboration, you are immediately mindful of simply working with your colleagues who you are most familiar with.

But the challenge comes when you are forced into situations where you have to collaborate with others from other across different departments or even organizations.

For those of us with children or grandchildren, sometimes this collaboration across departments is like watching kids learning to play together in the same sandbox.

You just might hear some squawking between a few individuals and you could even see some kicking up of sand.

To make it really work, collaboration has some basic requirements that must be followed if you are going to be a successful collaborator.

Consider the following seven items for a smoother collaborative outcome.