“How Are You Today?” — A New Emotion Emerges

“How Are You Today?” — A New Emotion Emerges

February 18, 2016By Mike MillerGeneral

If you’ve recently asked someone, “How are you?” a likely response you heard was, “Oh fine, just busy.” And there you have it. “Busy” has been now elevated to an emotion! Unfortunately, we live in a society that thrives on being busy. In fact, it’s almost a badge of honor! I mean, what if you … Read More

The Dirty Little Secret Of Diversity At Work

The Dirty Little Secret Of Diversity At Work

February 11, 2016By Mike MillerLeadership, Strengths

[This article was originally published on Switch & Shift] Intellectually, it’s easy for us to promote the value of diversity in our organizations. We can endlessly proclaim epithets about the added benefit of a diverse and varied constituency of employees, espousing the importance of mixing genders, races, generations, and lifestyles. In our heads, we “get … Read More

What Do You Mean By ‘Strength’?

What Do You Mean By ‘Strength’?

December 3, 2015By Mike MillerStrengths

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthscope.com, written by Ana Loback, consultant with Strengths Partnership (based in the UK). *** How do we define strengths and how can they be used to maintain and enhance wellbeing and productivity at work? “Strengths are the underlying qualities that energize us and we are great at (or have the potential to … Read More

The Importance of Stretching Employees

The Importance of Stretching Employees

November 19, 2015By Mike MillerLeadership

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, James Brook *** The Importance of ‘Stretch’ in Talent Development In the same way that a professional athlete needs regular practice and ‘stretch’ to build their physical and psychological strengths to remain at the top of their game, so do employees, particularly those with strong … Read More

The Elephant In The Office

The Elephant In The Office

November 12, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, 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 Continuing Story Of Forte And Strengthscope

The Continuing Story Of Forte And Strengthscope

November 5, 2015By Mike MillerUpdate

When Mike and I launched Forte at the beginning of 2015, we thought we had a good idea. One of our company core values is to “Make things simple,” and it seemed to make sense to just have Forte be the U.S. Licensor for the Strengthscope® assessment. So we built a shiny new website at beForte.com with a robust login area where … Read More

The Workplace Energy Crisis

October 29, 2015By Mike MillerCulture, 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