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How Do You Repair Your Relationships?
How Do You Repair Your Relationships? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Among all the skills that are important to building great relationships, one of the most important is repair. It’s also one of the most overlooked. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never thought of repair as a relationship skill. I don’t know that I ever had until I started doing research into how great relationships…

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Relationship Skills Are the Key to Employee Engagement
Relationship Skills Are the Key to Employee Engagement 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Years ago, I was lucky to somehow find and read the book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. The title alone was enough to pull me in. Crucial conversations is one thing, but fierce? That’s next level. What I thought I was going to find were lessons on how to have different or better conversations. And,…

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My Birthday Wish for 2020
My Birthday Wish for 2020 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Today is my birthday. As a kid, birthdays feel like such a big deal. Everyone seems to know it’s your birthday. There are parties and gifts. They even make it a big deal at school. Everyone seems to be nicer to you on your birthday. There’s also the birthday tradition of blowing out the candles…

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How to Improve Employee Engagement: The One Word to Remember
How to Improve Employee Engagement: The One Word to Remember 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

When we realize that our team isn’t engaged, there’s a lot of advice out there for how to improve employee engagement. More recognition. More development. More flexibility. More autonomy. More pizza and beer and ping pong. More, more, more. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of factors that link to employee engagement. Where should you…

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Your Judgment of Others Is NEVER Helpful
Your Judgment of Others Is NEVER Helpful 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

The new year is here. As I reflect on 2019, I can see that it was a year of contrasts. For me, it was a pretty amazing year. My wife and kids are healthy and thriving. Angie and I celebrated our 15-year anniversary. My business is growing. Angie’s campaign for mayor of our community is…

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Employee Engagement Happens in Moments
Employee Engagement Happens in Moments 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Something really weird and awesome happened to me this morning. Knowing I had a busy day of calls and meetings today, I decided to sneak into the gym for a quick run on the treadmill before the day spun away from me. Before I share what happened next, a bit of context: Despite being a…

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Should You Close the Office on Black Friday?
Should You Close the Office on Black Friday? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

It’s Thanksgiving week. That means that we will all be asked at some point this week, “Are you working on Friday?” And the answers will be mixed. Black Friday is one of those dates that seemingly presents a dilemma for organizations and HR departments everywhere. Should the office be open on Friday or should it…

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Are You an Employee Engagement Dinosaur?
Are You an Employee Engagement Dinosaur? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

This week, I somehow found myself in a conversation with a colleague about breaking the habit of putting two spaces behind a period when I type. Since he is roughly my age, he understood this challenge completely. For some of you reading this, the idea of putting two periods beyond a sentence when you type…

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Belonging Is an Act of Courage
Belonging Is an Act of Courage 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Where in your life do you feel a real sense of belonging? That question on the surface feels like a pretty simple question to answer. And it’s easy to assume that almost anyone you ask would have an answer to this question. Over the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time with this question,…

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Asking for What You Want to Get More Employee Engagement
Asking for What You Want to Get More Employee Engagement 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I’m not sure when I first learned it. And it’s baffling to me that I even need to. But it’s been one of the most useful lessons I’ve ever learned. Here it is: You are far more likely to get what you want when you are willing to ask for it. It seems so simple…

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