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23Mar 2012

The “State of the Family” in Family Owned Businesses

[Note: It has been a while since I’ve written a blog entry. I apologize. I’ve been focused on speaking and training engagements for my book, and that has taken most of my time and mental energy. I will be writing more frequently (again) in my blog.] As I continue to work with families and family owned businesses across the country,

21Feb 2012

Why Appreciation Matters

February 2012: Harvard Business Review online discussion affirms the importance of appreciation in the workplace.  “According to research, the single highest driver of engagement is whether or not workers feel their managers are genuinely interested in their wellbeing. Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up, it makes us feel safe, and it’s energizing—all of which is what frees us to do our

10Jan 2012

My organization has taken team members through the StrengthFinders process (and the DISC, previously). I am wondering if, and how, the 5 Languages of Appreciation fit with these personality assessments?

Many, many organizations have taken their managers and team members through personality style assessments and training programs.  The most common are StrengthFinders, DISC, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.  We have found that The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory are excellent tools that complement these personality assessments and training and are in no way either

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