It was another great year for the Refresh Leadership blog! Take a look back with us at some of the top posts from 2015 and be sure to let us know which ones grabbed your attention. We’re gearing up for 2016 and look forward to bringing you more great content, including in-depth analysis of current events, motivational anecdotes, quick tips, and much more.
Saying vs. Telling: Communication Works Best When It’s Conversational
“In both our careers and personal lives, strong communication skills can be one of the most important drivers of success. From achieving goals, building relationships, staying innovative, or leading a company, as a leader it’s vitally important to ensure your vision is being effectively communicated.”
4 More Quick Teamwork Games to Engage Employees at Work
“It’s no secret that the people who play together, stay together. Working hard and playing hard as a cohesive team is what helps build employee engagement and boost productivity.”
4 Essential Characteristics of a Successful Team
“There are very few professions where we aren’t expected to work in—or at least be part of—a team. In the workplace, teamwork can mean the difference between success and failure.”
4 Big Mistakes Mentors Make and a Few Tips on How to Address Them
“Becoming a mentor to a bright up-and-comer is a big responsibility and one that should be considered an honor. If you’ve been asked to mentor a young professional in the early stages of their career, it’s because you’ve already proven your prowess and others have recognized there is much to learn from your experience and expertise.”
Igniting Passion: Inspiring Employees to Love Their Jobs
“In the U.S. and Canada, only 29% of employees are engaged at work, with 18% actively disengaged, according to Gallup. If engagement is tied to passion in the workplace, where are all the passionate people who are in love with their jobs?”
5 Quick Tips for Building Employee Trust
“Difficult to earn and easily lost, trust is one of the most important principles of great leadership. A team’s productivity and success is due in large part to the amount of trust they have for their leaders.”
The Power of Appreciation: Do Your Employees Know How Important They Are?
“In a study of gratitude conducted by the Templeton Foundation, research showed that people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else. It’s an interesting finding given that the power of gratitude has been found to be a powerful workplace motivator.”
The Results Are In: The Biggest Cause of Workplace Communication Breakdown
“We asked our readers what they believe is the biggest cause of workplace communication breakdown. With more than 800 people weighing in, 33.5% picked ‘Poor Leadership’ as the top communication killer, followed by ‘Unclear goals/strategies’ at 18.5% in second.”
Employee Development: The Disengagement Cure
“The most competitive and productive companies have the best workers, but when disengagement sneaks in, it can not only take a toll on your productivity, but it can also affect your top talent.”
Passing the Torch: Millennials Poised for Leadership Success
“At 80 million strong, the Millennial generation is the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers. And, with the oldest of the group in their early- to mid-30s, many are beginning to transition into significant leadership roles.”
What were some of your favorite Refresh Leadership articles from 2015? What were some of your favorite workplace and leadership articles from other sources? Let us know in the comments section below.