Usually people try to encourage you to be ethical because it’s ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘you’ll sleep well at night.’ But I also think I’d sleep well on a 200-foot pleasure yacht that I bought with all the money I stole in a diamond heist. So I don’t think those are particularly good…Details
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Let’s face it, ethics is kind of boring, but also kind of important, because if you don’t have any ethics you could kind of end up in jail. We all need a reminder of why ethics are important from time to time, and one of the least painful ways to be reminded is to watch…Details
You know the problem with ethics education? It’s virtually impossible to talk about it without sounding pedantic or preachy. And since none of us like being lectured to, we all usually drown out conversations about ethical behavior because we don’t like feeling like we’re being talked down to. It’s basically the same reason none of…Details
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Everyone wants to feel valued and no one wants to be told that they smell bad. With that in mind, I made a video with 13 compliments you should use, and 5 you shouldn’t. Take note of your favorite compliments and use them at work today, or better yet, send this video to someone who…Details
So I just typed in “fun ethical issues” on Google and scrolled through the results. None of them were fun. Zero. They just put ‘fun’ in the subject line so that people like me might click on it. Now I realize that by saying my ethical quandaries are hilarious, I’m opening myself up to the…Details
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I could tell you some tips on how to be a great motivational speaker, but if you know me, you know that’s not my style. I’d rather show you an example of a bad motivational speaker. Geico made it easy for me and made this commercial. Enjoy! And stay away from this Pinocchio character. I…Details
Last week I was speaking at an event in Missouri, and during lunch I got into an interesting conversation with a guy named Tom about dating. His son had recently gone on his first real date. When he got home, Tom asked his son if he had walked to the front door to pick up…Details
Conferences are theoretically designed to be one of the most effective educational and networking opportunities you’ll get all year. But that’s just what the conference organizers think a conference is for. For the average conference attendee, things are a little bit different: 1. You show up the day before… 2. …check into your hotel…Details
As a leader, what would you do if someone was texting during a meeting? Would you call out the bad behavior during the meeting? Would you talk to the texter privately after the meeting? Both of those situations are awkward, so I have a solution for you. Send a link to this video to all…Details
If you’re even halfway interested in becoming a better leader, then I’m sure you’ve read dozens of books and articles and case studies about leadership. Most of them have statistics to support their various claims, and while many of them are absurdly obvious (“Managers who don’t scream or throw things at their employees are more…Details
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Attention all manager leaders! Please take a break from proofreading every email that your employees send and watch this video, it might prevent your car from getting sold for parts. For even more helpful yet entertaining tips for manager leaders, check out my Unleash Your Inner Tyrant! presentation, training program and book.Details
Gallup released a new study recently. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since they release a new study every 8 minutes or so. Given that a lot of their studies end up returning the same results as previous studies, I often think they only keep doing it because people pay them and they can’t figure…Details
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This one’s for my HR people. I know people sometimes get annoyed with you guys because you seem to have paperwork for everything. Most of them think that you guys LIKE all that paperwork. But you don’t, do you? You just have to do it because it’s the law. And WHY is it the law? …Details
Listen more. Be positive. Celebrate success. Give people bacon. You’ve heard all the standard ways to motivate your employees before, and you’re tired of reading the same advice. Luckily for you, I’m tired of writing it, too. Don’t get me wrong. I still want to help you become a better manager. I still want you…Details
So January is coming to an end. Have you given up on your resolutions yet? If so, I bet this photo will inspire you to exercise more! I hope you enjoyed my resolutions photo series as much as I enjoyed making it. Here are links to the other resolutions in case you missed any: Be…Details
We’ve all suffered through terrible motivational speakers before. When you were a baby your parents gave you foul-tasting baby food like squashed beets and pretended it was delicious, but they were lying and now you hate the noble beet in all its various forms. I’m also pretty sure you’ve been in the audience at a…Details