Is Your Team a Bunch of Dumb Rats?

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While preparing for an upcoming program with a group of campus leaders, I asked the Director of Orientation if anything in particular stood out about her group of students. She replied, “I don’t know what it is about this year, or this group, but they just aren’t into it. They seem low energy, low passion, […]

8 Universal Factors of Employee Engagement

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Engagement is a tricky thing to measure because there are many factors that can play into an employee’s overall engagement. Each company will want to measure engagement in its own way based on the company values and culture. Apple will care about different things than Facebook. It’s important for leaders to understand the key factors […]

A Magic Trick for Remembering Names – And Why It Matters

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After five hours of working with a group of 40 people, I ended my training with a little magic trick. One-by-one, I walked up to each person and said “Thank you for being here…Sandy. Thank you for being here… Seth. Thank you for being here… Randi.” I kept going around the room until I thanked […]

Is Your Power Making You Lose Your Heart?

Jonas recently was promoted to a manager position at a nationwide furniture store. One of his responsibilities was to oversee the internship program for the company. In his first performance review as manager, his biggest complaint was how taxing overseeing the internship program was for him. He ranted about how long it took for the […]

Fun Is The Easiest Way To Change Someone’s Behavior

A group of psychologists seated themselves between a staircase and an escalator in a U.S. shopping mall to run a study. They set out to answer two questions: What percentage of people choose stairs over an escalator when given the choice between the two? How would behavior change if people were made aware of the […]

The Failed Promise of Open Office Spaces

Innocently enough, a co-worker of mine recently asked me about a meal replacement shake I was having for lunch. While I was explaining the finer points of the ingredients, another co-worker overheard our conversation from her desk in our open office space and chimed in. Moments later, another co-worker made a sarcastic comment about my […]

Share Those Thoughts!

Throughout my life, I always had difficulty remembering things. If an important, fun, crazy, interesting, or lame thought came to mind, I would repeat it over and over again in my head until I could write it down or put it to use. Sometimes, by the time I found paper and a pen, I would […]

Share Those Thoughts!

Throughout my life, I always had difficulty remembering things. If an important, fun, crazy, interesting, or lame thought came to mind, I would repeat it over and over again in my head until I could write it down or put it to use. Sometimes, by the time I found paper and a pen, I would […]

[Vote] Help Us Select the 2016-2017 Free Hugs Postcard

Each year, we ask a student artist in our Dance Floor Theory community to create a new design for our Free Hugs Postcard for the upcoming school year. As we move into another year, we need your help in picking the final design for our new Free Hugs postcard. Thanks to the incredibly talented Jaxy Stewart, a rising […]

The Permission You’ve Been Needing To Take a Break

I am writing this at 10:44PM on Thursday. And I am about to talk to you about self-care, mental health, and balance. I am not being hypocritical, please read on. You are reading this on Monday. I am probably somewhere in a cafe, writing poetry or hunched over a crossword. That’s right, at 2pm I am […]