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  • 4 Ways to Engage People Who Don't Want to be Happy
    by Steve Farber - May 21, 2019
    You know what to do with an underperforming employee, but what about an efficient but difficult one? I’m a strong believer that you can’t be too positive or too empathetic in the business world. Yes, a lot of places of business are far from that ideal, but that’s exactly why you should distinguish yourself from the dog-eat-dog norm and try to make your work life a place of caring and sensitivity. Why...
  • Extreme Leaders Listen Continously To Employees
    by Steve Farber - May 8, 2019
    If you’re a good leader, you probably encourage your employees to come to you with ideas, feedback and complaints. Plus, most modern companies have some chain of command set up to “listen” to workers, ranging from employee help lines, surveys and check-in meetings all the way up to extensive HR structures. But that’s not the kind of listening I’m talking about. I’m talking about walkin...
  • Follow These 6 Steps to Extreme Mentoring
    by Steve Farber - April 24, 2019
    Set audacious goals, and don't start the mentor relationship until you commit to these six steps. I recently Googled the word “mentoring,” and immediately noticed three things. One, it remains a trendy topic. Two, most everyone who writes about mentoring provides a definition of what mentoring is. And, three, many of them want to sell you a program on how to make mentoring work. Sadly, however, I notic...
  • 7 Ways Employers Need to Give in Order to Get Loyalty
    by Steve Farber - April 17, 2019
    You’re going to have to be more flexible and more giving than ever as an employer in the current economy, but it pays off. If you are looking to retain good employees, join the club. Every smart leader knows that a cohesive, enduring group of workers is the rock on which you build new ideas, new ventures, growth, and all the rest. So I think we can agree that, once you’ve got people you trust who are doing g...
  • Your Challenge as a Leader is to Find Strength in Differences. Here's How
    by Steve Farber - March 28, 2019
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was made up only of people who are just like us, who like us, and who think exactly the way we do? Well, no. Because (1) we’d be wasting iconic truisms like “opposites attract,” and (2) it would be monumentally boring, and (3) it would be just plain un-American. Anyone in a leadership position ought to have as a goal–especially here in the U.S. with our na...
  • Positive Vacation Workplace Cultures Benefit Employees and the Business
    by Steve Farber - February 25, 2019
    More than 700 million days of paid time off go untapped every year by American workers. Stress in your workplace? If you can’t cut it with a knife, you can probably at least see a little of it lurking in the dark corners. It’s a fact: If your employees are doing great work–setting and meeting deadlines, inventing new ways of doing things, and generally killing it in your area of expertise–they are, o...
  • Forget Win-Lose and Win-Win. How About Simply 'Win'
    by Steve Farber - February 15, 2019
    If you listen to the leadership gurus, you tend to hear that there are two possible outcomes in any relationship interaction: win-lose—which you are told to avoid—and win-win—which you are told to strive for at all costs. They’re not wrong, but I would like to suggest that they aren’t going far enough. What do I think you should be looking for when you interact with others? I can tell you in...
  • What Have You Abandoned that You Need to Rediscover?
    by Steve Farber - February 7, 2019
    DON'T KILL YOUR DREAMS. As a responsible business person, I thought it was the right thing to do. I’m pleading guilty: in the one-pointed pursuit of my business endeavors, I killed off the most important passion of my youth. In visiting with entrepreneurs and other leaders, I’ve noticed a similar trend: Many have abandoned things they were passionate about in their earlier days in order to create wh...
  • The Glass Ceiling is a Real Issue, but the 'Velcro Floor' Could be Just as Bad.
    by Steve Farber - January 25, 2019
    We all know what the glass ceiling is and how it affects women in the workplace. Let me introduce you to the concept of the Velcro floor–and tell you one way leaders can help women pull away from it, starting now. If you knew the recipe for a solution to gender inequality at work, you’d share it, right? Well, I read a study the other day that opened my eyes to what women are saying about the lack of a level p...
  • Are Emojis Too Frivolous for the Workplace? Here's My Argument for Using Them (Sometimes)
    by Steve Farber - December 4, 2018
    Emoji can be useful to make workplace communication friendlier and less abrupt. When used in moderation and in the right context, it can bring people closer together. If you spend any time on social media, you have seen your share of emoji—those little pictures of yellow smiling faces, cups of coffee, and soccer balls. (The older term, “emoticon,” refers to the ones that are done with typographical imag...