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The Pillar of Trust

The Pillar of Trust

Conflict is a part of life. It’s part of sibling, family, and spousal relationships. It rears its ugly head at work when colleagues have different ideas about how to achieve a goal, when they discuss who should do what work and when personalities clash. Conflict is part of friendships and, a... Read More
Top Tips for Onboarding New Employees

Top Tips for Onboarding New Employees

Every week, Kim Marshall summarizes great articles in his Marshall Memo. Some time ago, he found Keith Rollag’s Harvard Business Review article, “Managing Yourself: Success in New Situations,” where he explored how new hires can help themselves when onboarding into a new job. In fa... Read More
Seals of Approval

Seals of Approval

As 2016 was drawing to a close, I got the happy news that two of our new fidget toys, Loopeez and Gyrobi, were selected among Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Toys of 2016. While I’m thrilled that our tools were recognized and am eager to add that seal of approval to our packaging, it got me thinking... Read More
Starting the Conversation (#LetsTalkDiversity)

Starting the Conversation (#LetsTalkDiversity)

Over a year ago, inspired by Starbuck’s #RaceTogether flop, we came upon a great way to get people to start talking about diversity and inclusion. It came in the form of a soft vinyl ball that looks like a soccer ball, but has conversation prompts printed on each panel, and is called Diversit... Read More
Our “Cheese” is Moving

Our “Cheese” is Moving

Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved my Cheese allegory was first published in 1998 but is no less poignant today than it was 18 years ago, perhaps more so.  It’s the story of two mice (Sniff and Scurry) and two humans (Hem and Haw) who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone... Read More
Music is good except when it’s not…

Music is good except when it’s not…

I just read the New York Times article, “The Power of Music, Tapped in a Cubicle,” in which Amisha Padnani talked about the benefits of listening to music in the office. Indeed, music has been shown to release dopomine in the brain, reduce stress and even improve memory. Over the past... Read More
Getting to Know You – How deep can you go?

Getting to Know You – How deep can you go?

I have a friend who’s always said you don’t have to get to know someone in the first 5 minutes… or even the first few times you meet. It takes a lifetime to get to know someone. How true that is. And yet, for many, our tendency is to rush and learn as quickly as possible… Read More
Create a Fun Office for under $100

Create a Fun Office for under $100

Who doesn’t want to work in an office as fun as Google? With their conference bikes, huge slides that carry people from one floor to another, ping pong and pool tables, scooters, and funky décor, we hold Google up as the model of a fun workplace. Unfortunately, we all don’t have Google-sized bu... Read More
Presenting – Training – Facilitating

Presenting – Training – Facilitating

For a long time, I’ve been aware that Trainers don’t consider themselves Presenters. Whenever Trainers Warehouse tried to sell “presentation” products, our customers were clearly not into them.  These days, as I’ve been attending a handful of conferences, I recognize t... Read More
Engaging the body so the mind can learn

Engaging the body so the mind can learn

We talk a great deal about the importance of engaging the body so that the mind can learn. The Zip-Zap Circus School in South Africa takes this concept to the extreme. They take “ordinary” kids (including “youth-at-risk”), teach them Circus Arts skills, and thereby help them ... Read More