The Elephant In The Office

November 12, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Leadership

Perhaps in the past, high engagement was enough to propel employees to the highest levels of performance. But that’s no longer true, based on the results of an engagement study of 32,000 employees in 29 international markets conducted in 2012 by the consulting firm Towers Watson. Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, … Read More

The Workplace Energy Crisis

October 29, 2015By janet-smithCulture, Engagement

I recently read a blog post on the Chief Learning Officer website on the subject of energy in the workplace, that I feel is worthy of reposting. Written by Kate Everson, it features a light-hearted reference to the animated minions featured in the Dreamworks Animation movies. In this post, Kate quotes Brady Wilson, author of “Beyond … Read More

Manage Energy, Not Time

October 22, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Update

I recently read a terrific blog post on the website of Dr. Michelle Robin, a speaker, author, radio host, and chiropractor who practices in the Kansas City area. Michelle is the founder of a remarkable integrative healing center called Your Wellness Connection. The post, Manage Energy, Not Time, was written by a friend of hers, Jenne Fromm–a life coach, facilitator, … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths, Part 2

October 15, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Leadership

I’ve been re-reading a book by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, The Power of Nice, published in 2006.  (The two co-owned an advertising agency at the time the book came out. In 2012, they merged with another New York firm, Publicis, and the company is now called Publicis Kaplan Thaler.) Chapter 6 of The Power of … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths

October 8, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Leadership

A few months ago, the Gallup organization released a report, State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders.  As described in the report’s preface, the document provides “an in-depth look at what characterizes great managers” and is based on “over four decades of extensive talent research, a study of 2.5 million manager-led teams in 195 countries and … Read More

When Are You At Your Best?

September 17, 2015By janet-smithEngagement

SAVE YOUR ENERGY FOR WHAT BRINGS YOU HAPPINESS. Who can argue with this simple, brilliant message? I recently snapped this picture of what just might be the best park bench ever outside the local Whole Foods. Take a moment to think about when you’re happy, joyful, and energized. Not sure of when that is? Then … Read More

Call Me!

September 3, 2015By janet-smithEngagement

“Call Me” is a favorite team building activity here at Forte. During this exercise, members of a team meet as a group and team members one by one complete the sentence, “You can call me any time to… .”  So each shares something they are energized by that they are always happy to talk about or help with, and also … Read More

Welcome To Forte!

August 27, 2015By janet-smithUpdate

I’m so happy to welcome you to Forte, to our blog, and to all that we offer to leaders interested in healthy, positive, energized workplace cultures. And I’d like to begin with this: Life-changing. That’s how an employee of a client company recently described personal insight he had gained during a workshop facilitated by my … Read More