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gallupGALLUP DOES SOME AMAZING WORK.

If you haven’t been following their “State of the Workplace” research, you should.  Especially if you care to attract and retain great people, and motivate them to excellence.

That’s why I was excited this week to get the notification of their updated report, available for free on their website.

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Photo by Anthony Easton, flickr

Photo by Anthony Easton, flickr

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION.

We’ve been telling our kids this for decades now, and there’s some powerful truth behind it.

But it’s a limited view of the world.

If we have everyone just seeking personal fulfillment, there’s no guarantee that we’ll actually have a stable and functioning society.  Yet we hold up this great American ideal that we’re all independent, self-sufficient, and self-fulfilling.

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productivityA COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I talked about how generosity brings loyalty.  Well, it’s time to take this to the next level!

Employees who are loyal stick around.  OK, that’s pretty basic; it’s kind of the definition of “loyal.”

Why do they hang with you through good times and bad?  Because they figure they’re doing something valuable, and they enjoy it.

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CHARITIES shouldn’t work.

Think about it:  We’re all quite busy, and we value our time too much to throw it away.

Yet, here we have it:  A charity asks for your time AND money, and we give it.  Not to every charity, of course, but to some.

Are we insane?  How could that possibly work?

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