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Emotional

The Four-Letter Word You Can’t Say at Work

  I’m a “love” person. It’s a regular part of my communication. “I loved hanging out”…”We’d love to visit with you”…”I’d love to help”…it adequately captures my emotional expression in the moment. But when I got into the business world my first boss chided me on the practice. “That’s not professional, Betsy. Find another word.”…It […]

Encouragement & Connection: What We Need to Succeed.

    Two weeks ago I met an Indian professor who had the bold idea that kids in Indian slums with little to no formal education had the capacity to teach themselves the same material other children were learning from teachers. That thesis materialized in the form of an experiment: He put a computer in […]

You are the Brand

  I was a 20-something grad student working at Starbucks when the owner of a wealth management firm offered me a job. At the end of the interview we exchanged excitement over the future and then he looked at me seriously and said “Do you need a signing bonus for clothes”? All of a sudden I didn’t […]

Why The Couch?

  [Today’s post is provided by one of our Program Managers – Michelle Ball. We hope you enjoy!] I was challenged by the question: “are potential clients reflecting much on the ‘why’ when researching for a potential provider for their employee recognition systems?” Why do they need a new program or a retooled program?  Do we […]

Play to YOUR Audience

[Play to YOUR Audience New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist. You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.] I love the video clip embedded below. (Email and RSS subscribers may need to click through here to see it.) I saw it on Yahoo, […]

Does Our Fascination With “Greatness” Undermine Engagement?

[Does Our Fascination With “Greatness” Undermine Engagement? New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist. You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.] Nick D’Aloisio. I read about him in the Wall Street Journal this weekend.  He was new to me, but if you’re heavy […]

Doing Life Well

[Doing Life Well – New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist. You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.] When I refer to my family, closest friends and people I work with (plenty of people are in multiple categories), I like to use the […]

Don’t Hit the Snooze Bar on Your Employees

[New post from Chad Truby – Vice President, General Manager at Symbolist. You can read more about him on our Leadership page.] As I pedaled through my morning route….I could not stop thinking about time.  It all started with my alarm at 4:50am – and my quick reaction to smash the snooze bar. But, as […]

The Elements of Being Organizationally Human

[New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist. You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.] “Humanize” is becoming a popular term to use these days when talking about corporate cultures.  I think it will be sticky.  It’s like the term “employee engagement” – […]

Can Drafting Make Your Company 25% More Productive?

[New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist. You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.] Sometimes a few of us at the office start the day on our indoor bike trainers.    We set up our bikes in our Production Studio here at Symbolist […]