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

Employee Engagement Tips from the U.K.

October 1, 2015By paul-brewertonEngagement

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, Paul Brewerton. *** Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being. And it is … Read More

Transforming Leaders From The Inside Out

September 24, 2015By Josh Allan DykstraLeadership

This post originally appeared on joshallan.com on June 12, 2015. I had the pleasure to be part of a panel at the Workplace (R)evolution 2015 conference this week. In preparation for the questions I was asked to be ready for I wrote down a few of my thoughts, and wanted to share them here! Provide a specific example of how … 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 On Me… To Strengthen Team Trust

September 10, 2015By ana-lobackTeam Effectiveness

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by consultant Ana Loback. Strengths Partnership is the U.K. company formed by the creators of Strengthscope, James Brook and Paul Brewerton. *** Trust is a commitment to cooperate before there is any certainty about how the trusted people will act. (Coleman, 1990). A vast body of research supports the many … 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