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Check in on checked-out employees

Jul 29, 2013 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: employee engagement

The top engagement questions to ask By Kathleen Quinn Votaw Seven out of ten U.S. workers are mentally checked out, costing organizations $450 to $550 billion in lost productivity each year. This, according to Gallup’s March 2013 report, Engagement at Work: Its Effect on Performance Continues in Tough Economic Times. What about your employees? How […]

Can you drop your constant monologue?

Jun 24, 2013 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: leadership/CEOs

Begin to see what’s hidden in plain sight all around you By Kathleen Quinn Votaw The “capital-T Truth” is hard to find. Mainly, because it’s buried deep in our minds under our personal life experiences, beliefs and perspectives. Author David Foster Wallace argued that education offers the path to the big “T,” should we choose […]

Fun and jokes on the Job?

May 28, 2013 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: company culture

Create a more playful workplace and LOL all the way to the bank “You can learn more about a person in one hour of play than a year of conversation.” Barbara Brannen, Top Banana at Playmore, uses Plato’s wisdom to describe the many rewards of interjecting playfulness into your business culture. “Employees have a lot […]

Welcoming and engaging new hires

After you hire great people, do you ensure they get a great start? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw Onboarding isn’t just an explanation of employee benefits, a desk and a computer password. At least it shouldn’t be. Far too often, companies use up valuable resources to find the right candidates and then ignore them after they’re […]

The school play or the client meeting?

Lessons from a world-class CEO By Kathleen Quinn Votaw How many school plays and family gatherings have you missed because you had an important meeting at work? How often do you slink out to take your sick child or ailing mother to a doctor’s appointment? It’s often difficult to live our core values at work, […]

When enough is enough of a bad attitude

How to avoid fatal hiring mistakes By Kathleen Quinn Votaw The right person walks through the door: nicely dressed, proficient in every one of the technical skills listed in your job description, with several years of experience in your industry. A dream candidate—and you make a job offer before someone else snaps her up. Six […]

Do your values align with your customers’?

   By Kathleen Quinn Votaw   Ever wonder what your customers are saying about you in the market? If their values closely align with yours, there’s nothing to worry about, and you’re sure to benefit from what they say. If their values are different, the impact of what they say is just one of the […]

What A-players want most for Christmas

A rewarding experience and career path By Kathleen Quinn Votaw Is your culture more like the Virginia-based software company Meddius’, where employees can choose when, where and how they work with no questions asked as long they get their work done? Or do safety and precision require a more structured work environment? It doesn’t matter […]

What’s your Jibbitz™ story?

Nov 26, 2012 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: leadership/CEOs

Listen when opportunity knocks By Kathleen Quinn Votaw The story begins in 2002 with three guys who produced some ugly little clogs—the crocs™ that have become a household name and billion-dollar global company. Most of us in Colorado are familiar with the tale of Scott Seamans, who noticed a spa shoe made of interesting bacteria- […]

They Called him Chief

Oct 28, 2012 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: leadership/CEOs

  A Small but Signicant Legacy By Kathleen Quinn Votaw   The other day I was sitting at the funeral for my big brother’s father-in-law. I didn’t know him well, but I learned a few things as I listened to his sons and daughters speak about the man they called Chief. He wasn’t a famous […]

Does our Future Depend on Entrepreneurs?

Sep 25, 2012 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: leadership/CEOs

On 9/11 I woke up feeling grateful that I was able to and, along with millions of others, immediately thought of all those who lost their lives eleven years ago. I began our TalenTrust team meeting that morning with a moment of silence and attended a luncheon at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) where […]

When Preparation Meets Opportunity: Good fortune in a world of constant change

Aug 30, 2012 by Kathleen Quinn Votaw Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: leadership/CEOs

“Good fortune is when preparation meets opportunity.” That’s a quote from Jerry Goldstein, former CEO of Scott’s Liquid Gold; who is the son of Ida Goldstein, founder of Scott’s Liquid Gold; and the father of Mark Goldstein, the company’s current CEO. Sixty-one years of family and business history, manufacturing the same successful core product. At […]

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