Social Connecting during Social Distancing: Five Ways to Start

March 19, 2020By Mike MillerConnecting, Engagement, Mindset, Strengths, Team Effectiveness

The news changes daily and regular updates modifications of normal.  And yet, in business we need to press on as much as possible.  It takes more than just task orientation to stay connected.  It takes empathy and intentionality to go to another level.  StrengthSmart was designed as a conversation guide around individual strengths but has … Read More

Social Distancing and not Social Disconnection

March 13, 2020By Mike MillerEngagement, Strengths

Meetings are being cancelled, large events put on hold, and the opportunity to personally interact with business colleagues, clients, and coworkers is being interrupted due to COVID-19.  No one expected this.  Everyone is moving to virtual learning, working from home, and the reality of fewer in-person meetings.  The importance of human connection is critical to … Read More

POB for ROI

September 5, 2019By Mike MillerCulture, Engagement, Leadership, Team Effectiveness

The #1 medical diagnosis over the next 5-10 years in the US  will be anxiety and depression.   In one of the most prosperous and free countries in the history of the world, anxiety is growing at a clip to outpace the ability to treat it effectively!  There are a variety of factors that may be … Read More

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 Best Managers Focus On Strengths, Part 2

October 15, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, 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 Mike MillerEngagement, 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 Mike MillerEngagement

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

When Are You At Your Best?

September 17, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement

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 Mike MillerEngagement

“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