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Kevin & Jackie Freiberg

Do You Know What Your Employees REALLY Want?

Top 10 Employee Gifts

  1. Autonomy & Independence Whenever possible, give your employees some freedom to work independently. The result? Engaged and satisfied employees.
  2. Clear Expectations Few things are more stressful than not knowing what to expect from one day to the next. Communicate changes before implementation, explain why the change was made and if possible, what to expect in the future.
  3. Meaningful Objectives Targets can create a sense of purpose and add meaning to tasks. Without a meaningful goal to shoot for, work is just work.
  4. True Sense of Purpose Your people want to feel a part of something bigger. Let your employees know what you want to achieve for your business, customers and community. Connect people to a CAUSE, purpose, mission or a calling that matters.
  5. Opportunities for Input Engaged employees have ideas. Great bosses make it easy for employees to offer suggestions and provide the space for them to do so.
  6. Real Sense of Connection Employees want to feel connected to the people they work with. A kind word and a personal inquiry show you’re interested in the person, not just the worker.
  7. Reliable Consistency Employees tend not to mind a strict boss, as long as the treatment is fair, consistent and well communicated. Let your employees know why a decision was made and get their buy-in.
  8. Private Criticism Great bosses criticize (or coach) in private. Explain why the critique was necessary so they understand the bigger picture.
  9. Public Praise A few words of public recognition just might be the nudge an average performer might need to start becoming a great performer.
  10. Chance for a Meaningful Future Every job should have the potential to lead to greater advancement. Exceptional bosses ask their employees what their career goals are. Care about your employees and they’ll care about your business.

7 Reasons Employees STAY

What are you doing to keep your people?

Toxic Workplace

I Quit!

As noted in last week’s post, according to the Mayo Clinic, your supervisor is more important to your health than your primary care physician! And recent Stanford research found that toxic workplaces are the 5th leading cause of death. Are people quitting you or the company? Is your workplace guilty of creating dead people working or worse?

Bottomline, shitty supervisors suck the life and health out of people… Be careful. People want to work for Good People and a Good Cause. How do you and your company measure up?

Here’s a few preventative first steps on dealing with a toxic workplace from Inc., in an article by Scott Mautz.

Doctor or Boss?

People Be Warned

Is a bully boss or a toxic relationship negatively affecting your health? If so, it’s time to ask – is it really worth it? Is this your only option?

We spend far too many hours of our lives at work to put up with a bully, ongoing criticism, and negativity. Bottom line – your health and wellness are at stake if you continue to turn a blind eye to important issues like this.

For more, here are 10 timeless leadership lessons from a world class doctor.


Jackie’s Heading to Texas, Y’all

The Daring Way

Jackie, like countless others, is a huge Brené Brown fan. For 30 years, Jackie has been writing and speaking about leadership and many of the same principles that are so foundational to Brené’s work on courage.

We’re excited to announce Jackie has been selected to become a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Jackie will spend a weekend in San Antonio in the arena…learning directly from Brené about what it takes to bring courage, vulnerability and empathy into organizations to pave the way for daring leadership.