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Why STEM Education Could Be Bad for Your Business

Early in 2006, US President George W. Bush announced the American Competitiveness Initiative. Formulated as a plan to provide US government financial support to specific academic initiatives, the plan called for significant increases in investment in fields related to STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. President Obama announced over $240 Million in additional STEM funding during […] Read more

Tracy Maylett

Posted on February 2, 2016 by

Motivate me. I dare you.

Organizations generally start off with the question: “How do we motivate them to (insert your latest change initiative here)? This implies that motivation is something done TO your employees—something inflicted upon them. Read more

Tracy Maylett

Posted on January 27, 2016 by

Avoid Mayhem: Don’t Let Your Employee Engagement Survey Turn Out Like Your Last DIY Home Improvement Project

5 Criteria You Must Meet Before Running Your Own Employee Engagement Survey. Read more

Greg Zippi

Posted on January 20, 2016 by

4 Ways Great Leaders Can Overcome Company Scarcity Issues

I teach an introductory political science class at a local university. This class utilizes an interdisciplinary approach by exploring basic economic theory, American history, and a bit of political philosophy. When introducing the section on economics, I try to reinforce the premise that economics is really the study of scarcity – what do you do […] Read more

Matthew Wride

Posted on January 19, 2016 by

Star Wars, Expectations, and Leadership

You know you have a problem when you start seeing leadership issues in everyday things, such as the new Star Wars Movie, Episode VII, The Force Awakens. I guess that’s our lot in life. Our current research efforts here at DecisionWise are focused on the best way to define expectations in the workplace. We call […] Read more

Matthew Wride

Posted on January 12, 2016 by

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Employee Engagement Mythbusters

With more organizations becoming aware of the importance of engagement, the media coverage of the topic has become widespread and more scholarly. This, however, can be a double-edged sword. In a September 3, 2011, opinion piece in the New York Times titled “Do Happy People Work Harder?” Harvard professor Teresa Amabile and researcher Steven Kramer shared some of the results […] Read more

Seth Ollerton

Posted on January 6, 2016 by

Do Your Employees Grow or Go?

Lack of opportunity for personal growth or career development is the number-one reason that employees leave a company. So what’s it like in your organization? Do your employees grow or go? According to a survey by Glassdoor and Harris Interactive, more applicants—52 percent—wanted to hear about growth opportunities when interviewing for a job than about […] Read more

Tracy Maylett

Posted on January 4, 2016 by

Where Do You Fit On the Engagement Resistance Curve?

Employee engagement begins with the individual employee. If the organization, corporation, not-for-profit, university, sports team, what-have-you—is the entire organism, then each employee is like a single cell. Change may appear on the scale of an entire organism, but change begins at the level of the single cell. Let’s look at the process of growing a […] Read more

Tracy Maylett

Posted on December 8, 2015 by

How Steve Jobs Changed the Employee Contract at Apple

There is a scene in the 2008 animated movie, Kung Fu Panda, which makes me think of Steve Jobs. Most pundits compare him to geniuses or narcissists. Not me. I am going to compare him to a fat panda named Po. In this film, a Kung Fu master named Tigress explains to the jocular Po the […] Read more

Matthew Wride

Posted on December 1, 2015 by

INFOGRAPHIC: Employee Engagement vs. Satisfaction

All this talk about employee engagement and employee satisfaction, but what’s the real difference? In this fun infographic we compare employee engagement vs. employee satisfaction. See if you can match the satisfaction cards with the coinciding engagement cards. Good Luck! Satisfied employees will put out as much effort as they are compensated for, and no […] Read more

Seth Ollerton

Posted on October 28, 2015 by

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