Browsing the archives for the empowerment tag

Do nice guys finish first?

Do nice guys finish first? This is the question asked by Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who identified three types of employees— givers, takers and matchers— then studied which personality type performs better on the job. Takers are the people who approach most interactions wondering “what can you do for me?” while givers ask “what can […]

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A Simple Way to Give Better Gifts

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, has been researching the correlation between money and happiness for decades. What has he found? It turns out that while we used to think material things were the way to happiness, according to science, what will bring you the most lasting happiness are experiences — travel, outdoor activities, […]

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The Power of Words

All across the nation, students and teachers alike are anticipating the end of the school year recovering from the recent pressure of standardized testing.  In the wake of recent standardized testing taking place in schools across the nation, an encouraging note went viral. This inspirational letter reminded students that they are more than just their […]

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Four Ways to Motivate Your Team

Quick – take a mental break from your work and think about one thing you most enjoy doing when you are off the clock. Chances are, you are motivated to participate in that leisure time activity for different reasons than motivate you on the job. There are many types of motivators, or elements that drive […]

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When the going gets tough

“One way to keep your momentum going is to constantly have great goals” Michael Korda, author of Another Life: a Memoir of Other People Now that it’s February, do you actually remember those goals and resolutions you set back in January? “Well,” you think, “it’s flu season and tax season, who has the time or energy?” […]

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Trick, or Team?

“OK Josh, just tell us, what’s the trick to this?” I heard that question from a lot of teams last week. One of the low-ropes course activities is a giant teeter-totter. Teams work together to complete three levels of challenges. The first level is mostly a warm-up. All group members simply step onto the big square […]

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Why “Build” a Team?

The dictionary definition of the word build is to “establish, increase or strengthen”. If we look closer, that definition outlines a process that illustrates why this term is used to describe activities designed to produce strong teams. Preparing for Success To establish means to create or begin. This doesn’t necessarily mean a team can only […]

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Tis’ the season to be… stressed?

While the holiday season may be merry and bright it also has a distinct dark side.  Sadly, heightened stress and depression mean that more heart attacks and more suicides occur during this time of year than any other.     There are a variety of ways employers can help keep their work force healthy and happy during […]

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Cultivating courage

Shortly after publishing last month’s post, I received a package of letters from a group of sixth graders who we ran a ropes course for a couple months ago. It arrived almost on cue, as many of them shared their own positive fear-facing experiences. Here are some quotes: “My favorite part… was the ropes course. […]

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Facing fears

One of the most iconic images of the ropes course is the confidence pole. You know, the telephone pole with the ladder nailed into the side. A climber gets to the top of it and has to make one last, big, awkward step to balance themselves on the top of the narrow pole. From that […]

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