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Staff Appreciation Ideas – COVID-Style

Staff Appreciation Ideas – COVID-Style

One thing that amazes me during the pandemic is the surge in creativity. Creativity abounds in all facets of our economy and, hopefully, we’ve contributed as well. I’ve always liked the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When we see what’s in the works toda... Read More
Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

A good leader knows how to give feedback and praise. Just ask Kim Scott, whose TED Talk on Radical Candor, transformed our understanding of what it means to be a good boss. Certainly, criticism may be hard to take, but withholding feedback doesn’t do anyone any favors.  Scott’s “r... 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
Workplace Engagement – how do you get people engaged?

Workplace Engagement – how do you get people engaged?

I’ve been following a wonderful discussion on LinkedIN about workplace engagement. The focus of the conversation has been about how to get employees engaged. Following is my synopsis and organization of that very rich dialogue. I may not have captured every contributor’s direct words, bu... Read More
Great YouTubes for Learning and Work

Great YouTubes for Learning and Work

Many times,  people have asked what are the best movies we can use to demonstrate a variety of learning points.  While we have lists of feature films that are great for training, many are looking for that perfect YouTube clip that is “safe” to play in the classroom.  Following is the ... Read More
How to reward students to get results

How to reward students to get results

I’ve been doing some research lately on how to make work more fun and rewarding. I realize that teachers and trainers think a great deal about incentives. But these are also great lessons for any work environment! The Marshall Memo synthesized this Education Week article by Sarah Sparks who re... 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
Wingclip for Inspirational Movie Clips for Learning

Wingclip for Inspirational Movie Clips for Learning

I just came across this great resource for movie clips for learning.  It’s a subscription service called WingClips. WingClips, LLC, has secured the right to offer and provide trailers and/or short segments (“clips”) of certain films to organizations for use during religious services and/o... Read More
10 Easy Appreciation Exercises

10 Easy Appreciation Exercises

Posted by guest blogger, Betty Lochner, Cornerstone Coaching & Training It may sound overly simple, but adding purposeful appreciation towards others can be one of the most powerful communication tools you can hone.  People want and need to feel appreciated [whether you’re in a training s... Read More
Teach your students how to succeed at failing

Teach your students how to succeed at failing

As a teenager, I frequently went skiing with my dad. I was pretty good at the sport but didn’t like it much when I fell, let alone wiped out and had a complete “yard sale.”  For the non-skiers out there, that’s when all of your equipment falls off and is scattered around the... Read More