written by Mick Ukleja

SELF-TALK

The Voice of Wisdom or The Monkey Mind? The most important voice you’ll listen to today is yourself. There are a lot of voices that clamor for our attention—like monkeys chattering as they swing through the trees. But the one voice that has the most positive upside or the most negative downside isn’t what others […]

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03.20.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

PERCEPTION IS REALITY….Or Is It?

That’s the common phrase you often hear from pundits. But is it? When we first see something or somebody, the way we perceive it or them often determines how we think of them. Yet it’s important to understand that perception is subjective. Another way to say this is that it’s personal. The truth? We perceive […]

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03.06.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

WORK, WELL-BEING, AND WORK-LIFE BALANCE

What’s True And What’s Myth? Sometime ago a USA Today Snapshot (2008), revealed the satisfaction level executives had with their jobs. Job/Satisfaction Level Finance – 68% Human Resources – 65% Marketing – 63% General Management – 61% Sales – 54% The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index confirmed those earlier findings. They have polled literally millions of adults […]

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02.28.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

COMING TO YOU LIVE….UNPLUGGED!

“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself”. (Miles Davis) When we think unplugged, we think of musicians. We use the term when they give up all their technological advantages—the lights, electric guitars, speakers, amplifiers, media background, etc., and go back to their acoustic or box guitar and […]

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02.22.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

YOU ARE A STANDOUT!

(What Are Your Strength Roles?) What do people who excel in a particular job or position do differently than those who don’t. I’m talking about having exceptional levels of performance like engagement, retention, productivity, less work related accidents, or any job related performance you want to observe. It seems to always vary from team to […]

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02.14.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

The (Surprising) Facts About Motivation

Are Millennials Indifferent?

Let’s start with what everyone agrees on. It’s good for employees to be motivated and not so good when they’re not. So the question then becomes, why isn’t it happening on a more consistent basis? In our work with Millennials (Gen Y), Indifference is one of their perceived orientations by the thousands of managers we […]

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02.07.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

LEADERSHIP IN AN AGE OF INNOVATION

(Millennials: Play To Their Strengths) When I was in high school the creative kid was someone out on the fringe. We (and their instructors), would say, “Boy. Does that kid have their head in the clouds!” The intended meaning was that they were hopelessly disconnected from the real world. How things have changed! Today “living […]

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01.31.2012
written by Mick Ukleja

Tips for Managers of Millennials

(News Alert!! Training Beats Bonuses) The job market, at first glance, looks anything but encouraging. On the surface there seems to be a dwindling supply of jobs. That’s the feeling we get. And it is true that one-third of the 2011 college grads according to one survey (Adecco Group)*, live at home with their parents. […]

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01.24.2012
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