Do You Have A Dysfunctional Relationship With Your Boss?By Kevin on February 23, 20162While it’s common to disagree with a boss, or even to dislike a boss, how can we know if our relationship with our boss is never going to improve? How do we know if we should “fire” our boss, or stick it out a bit longer? I’m not talking about the obvious signs like sexual harassment or racism or clear HR violations. What if things aren’t that bad, but you aren’t sure if the devil you know is better than the next boss you don’t?
One Sentence Employee Engagement: 20 Words To Gain Emotional CommitmentBy Kevin on February 18, 2016
One Sentence Engagement? Is it truly possible to condense the science of employee engagement into a single sentence? It is and I’m about to convince you of that. But first I need to explain why I’m taking this extreme exercise in reductionism. Studying leadership and employee engagement has been...
How Chick-fil-A Created A Culture That LastsBy Kevin on December 16, 2015
This article was originally published on Forbes. In Dee Ann Turner’s new book, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and Compelling Culture, she shares the secret sauce of Chick-fil-A’s highly effective business model that began over 60 years ago by founder Truett Cathy. Truett created something incredibly...
The Power Of 3-Part Thank-You’sBy Kevin on November 23, 2015
This article was originally published on Forbes. “Thanks,” Bill said as he walked by, rapping his knuckles on the top of my cube wall. “See you tomorrow,” I glanced at my watch. Every day, at exactly 5:01, my boss left for the day, saying thanks as he walked past...
How This Vacation Policy Is Winning Over MillennialsBy Kevin on September 1, 2015
How can you win the recruiting wars for top millennial talent, drive up their engagement levels, and ensure they stay for the long term? By 2020, millennials will be approximately 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, and by 2030, 75 percent of the global workforce. When it comes to...
How to Motivate Older WorkersBy Kevin on August 21, 2015
Hey, everyone. Kevin Kruse here. It’s actually a beautiful day. It’s a holiday here in the States, but I’m so far behind on answering emails, some questions that you’ve sent in, I figured I’d take some holiday time, throw my teenage daughter behind the camera, and answer some...
What If You Are Not Engaged At Work?By Kevin on August 14, 2015
What do you do if the person that’s disengaged is you? I’m Kevin Kruse and I love this question that got sent in. I’m going to let her remain anonymous and she wrote, “I just read your article on ‘what do you do about that one negative team...
3 Ways to Maximize Your Leadership ImpactBy Kevin on August 10, 2015
As a leader tasked with seizing new ground and improving an organization’s performance, do you start with the systems, the people, or yourself? Get out the mirror! According to leadership expert, Chris Hutchinson, leaders cannot be effective if they don’t begin by understanding their own values, visioning their personal...
Retaining High Potentials Through Career Path EnablementBy Kevin on August 2, 2015
In that deflating moment when the star employee you painstakingly mentored tells you that despite much admiration and gratitude she’s leaving for something better, it’s easy to react emotionally and to blame others—those disloyal millennials, can’t believe the competition poaches like that—but you can only reduce turnover in the...
How to “Sell” Employee Engagement To The CEOBy Kevin on July 24, 2015
Hi everyone. Kevin Kruse here with another answer to a reader-submitted question. Eric writes, “I’m working on getting the owner (we’re a small business) to recognize the importance of employee engagement, and to have him realize that he needs to do more.” Now whether you’re dealing with the owner...