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If you’re not having fun at work, chances are you’re people aren’t either

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 Mike Kerr

There’s a sort of mantra I tell myself before going out onto stage in front of an audience. I use it especially if I’m concerned about the mood of the audience or walking into a challenging situation. And it’s simply this: “Have fun. If I’m not having fun, the audience is definitely not going to […]

Three attitudes that need exploding if you want a great workplace

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 Mike Kerr

Here are three attitudes that need exploding if you are going to build a great workplace culture: 1.  “We can’t find ‘good help’ anywhere.” Well, guess what? The “good help” exists. They are out there somewhere, perhaps working for your competitor.  The question is, why? 2. “Great employees need to sell themselves and prove to […]

Wanted: Inspiring Visionaries, NOT Vision Statement Readers

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 Mike Kerr

I think we need less vision statement readers, and  more true visionaries at work.Most of the vision statements I’ve seen are about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. Too often they include dry, bureaucratic language that comes across as completely stuffy and totally meaningless to most employees and customers. If one of the […]

Where is Your Focus, Focused? On “Stuff” or on the Important “Stuff”?

Monday, June 6th, 2011 Mike Kerr

According to the Human Capital Institute,  70% of a leaders job should be to focus on creating an engaging culture and building the talent within an organization. 

Help Wanted: Inspiring Workplaces That Live Up to the Hype!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 Mike Kerr

I was reading a half-page classified ad in the paper today, advertising for a position with my former, long ago employer in the government.  As I read, I laughed harder and harder at the Utopian workplace that was being offered up to prospective employees, because there was absolutely no resemblance to the reality that still […]