Year in Review: Top 10 Posts of 2018

We’re wrapping up an incredible year on the Refresh Leadership blog and we’re already planning for another year of leadership and workplace development content, including in-depth analysis of current events, motivational anecdotes, quick tips, and much more. But in the meantime, as we bring this year to a close, check out our top 10 posts of 2018!

4 Signs Your Star Employee Is About to Leave
Opportunities abound for talented, skilled workers. In many job markets, the pool of applicants with the right mix of experience and expertise is drying up, giving the most qualified candidates more freedom to be selective about where they work. And even your most loyal, star performers aren’t completely immune to the allure of jumping ship for a new opportunity with another company.

Employee Retention: 5 Questions to Ask During a Stay Interview
Today’s job market is more competitive than ever before with talented and experienced workers at a premium, so having an ongoing employee retention program is vital to maintaining a productive workforce. One way many companies have started measuring the engagement levels of their workers is through conducting periodic “stay interviews.”

Overcome Your Presentation Anxiety: 5 Quick Tips
If you have a fear of public speaking, you’re far from alone. According to a survey conducted by Statistic Brain, 74% of people say they suffer from speech anxiety. In fact, there’s even a name for it—glossophobia. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind to help alleviate your presentation anxiety.

Five Steps for Crafting a Quick and Effective Elevator Pitch
According to the late author and motivational speaker Zig Zigler, “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” You never know when you might cross paths with someone who could impact your career or become your next big client. So, it’s important to have a well-crafted “elevator pitch” ready to go when you need to introduce yourself on the fly.

4 Ways to Stifle Employee Creativity
Creativity in the workplace isn’t limited to a business’s graphic designers, copywriters, or marketing department. Thinking of new, innovative ways of doing things is the key to staying ahead of the competition. Whether it’s an outside-the-box financial analysis of potential new markets or a new procedure that helps create a safer work environment, fostering an atmosphere of creativity leads to a stronger, more productive company overall.

Performance Management: 4 Ways to Measure Employee Engagement
Building and maintaining a high-performing team is the key to innovation and success. So, it’s imperative to consistently check in with your people to ensure they are happily engaged in their work. According to Gallup, companies with high employee engagement experience as much as 17% higher productivity and 21% greater business profitability.

5 Quick Tips for Getting Out of Your Own Way
From procrastination to changing interests to becoming overwhelmed by the scope of a project, there are many ways to get stuck in your own head. So, it’s important to have an effective coping mechanism ready when such situations arise, so you can get refocused, reenergized, and back on track. Check out these five tips for getting out of your own way.

The Defining Characteristics of Servant Leadership
It’s no surprise that effective leadership is one of the most significant forces affecting job satisfaction and success for employees. And the best leaders are the ones who truly seek to “serve” the people they lead—a defining characteristic that builds employees’ trust and dedication and can also have a significant impact on other important workforce management factors like employee retention and engagement. 

7 Misconceptions Future Leaders Must Overcome
When did you realize your potential as a leader? Was it after the successful completion of a big project? Were you thrust into a leadership position and forced to sink or swim? Or did someone else see potential in you that you didn’t even know was there? No matter the path you took to leadership, the journey likely involved confronting and overcoming a few of these common misconceptions.

Building Engagement: Creating a Sense of Ownership Among Your Employees
One key way to increase engagement is by helping your employees develop a stronger sense of ownership over the projects they work on each day. For most people, it’s much easier to be passionate about the work we do each day when we feel a personal and vested interest in the process from beginning to end. Here are four quick tips for creating a stronger sense of project ownership in your employees. 

What were some of your favorite Refresh Leadership articles from 2018? Let us know in the comments section below.

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