Articles Tagged with 'innovation'

Making a Difference Through Innovation

October 07, 2013
'Empathy is the most reliable source of good ideas.' READ MORE

Gain an Edge at CUNA’s Leadership Institute

October 01, 2013
The new CUNA Leadership Institute, Nov. 3-8 in San Diego, offers opportunities for innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to leadership development. READ MORE

Set Your Innovation Process Free

July 20, 2013
'Good ideas can happen in the office, at a ball game, at church, at a party—anywhere someone’s creative juices are touched.' READ MORE

Innovate the Disney Way

June 26, 2013
Formal process creates ‘a powerful formula for value-creation.’ READ MORE

‘The Spark’—An Inside Look at Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Process

June 14, 2013
There’s no single formula for creative success—each of us must unlock the power of our imagination in our own way. READ MORE

Special Report: Eighth Annual Underbanked Financial Services Forum

June 10, 2013
‘Our focus is on the consumer’s need to borrow, spend, save, and plan better.’ READ MORE

Humor and Innovation

June 07, 2013
CEOs sometimes try to force innovation—a classic mistake. That’s like Homer Simpson banging on his television and demanding that it “be more funny.”

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Innovation by Design

June 01, 2013
Creativity, some believe, is an escape from disciplined thinking. READ MORE

Gladwell: CUs are David to Banks’ Goliath

May 17, 2013
‘True innovation comes from the marginal people who push innovations into the center.’ READ MORE

Five Insights from the Filene Research Institute

March 21, 2013
Did you know the average American household has the same house for only seven years? READ MORE

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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