Is Positive Emotion More Important Than Job Satisfaction? By Chris Ihrig Decades of research has left us with 30% employee engagement levels that haven’t budged in more than a decade. What are we missing? Over the years I’ve heard many arguments against employee happiness including: 1. Happiness is fluffy, it doesn’t add value. 2. You [...]
About Chris IhrigChris leads a dynamic team of passionate change agents who are dedicated to partnering with organizational executives to create cultures that inspire, engage and ignite the best in people. Our work is dedicated to harnessing the power of culture to equip leaders, build amazing teams and align operation practices to delighting the customer and drive breakthrough results.
Is Happiness Enough? By Chris Ihrig When my copy of Harvard Business Review arrived with a bright yellow happy face on the cover in January 2012, I remember thinking that the benefits of employee happiness were finally going mainstream. In the seven years since, happiness has become a buzz word that often lacks the evidence-based [...]
Does Your Workplace Culture Support Quality Conversations? By Chris Ihrig Coaching has come a long way since its performance management origins. The second generation of employment coaching bowed to the movement away from the 20th Century workplace where employees were kept in rigid hierarchies toward one that recognized that an employee’s contributions can be increased [...]
Can Fake News Mislead Managers? By Chris Ihrig Good managers use a combination of gut instinct and factual information to lead their organizations. For more than a century, scientists have worked to find answers that tell us the best ways to manage workers. That body of work informs contemporary management strategies that help us be [...]
A Consistent Message: Spell It Out with a Story By Chris Ihrig Employee engagement is at troublingly low levels. For more than a decade, engagement hovered around 30%. Then, in 2018, the Gallup Organization reported that engagement had dropped to 15%. To counteract low engagement, managers are encouraged to share the mission, vision, values, goals, [...]
Should I Take a Nap? By Chris Ihrig As a leader, taking good care of my health is important for me and my family and to set the tone. I cannot ask others to do what I won’t do. To that end, exercising and eating well are part of my routine. I live a busy [...]
What is Intuition? “I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am. When two expeditions of scientists, financed by the Royal Academy, went forth to test my theory of relativity, I was convinced that their conclusions would tally with my hypothesis. I was not [...]
Soft Skills: Critical for Success By Chris Ihrig Today, I want to talk about skills that are required for success, including a new skill, to help you get out in front of the need. I’ve been hearing that new graduates lack the soft skills required for career success for at least a decade. While some [...]
If you’re a leader – of a team, a company, a family – a big part of your job is fostering a culture of excellence. As an employee, you want to be a part of something extraordinary. As a manager, a leader, you want employees who are engaged in something meaningful, regardless of your industry. But how?
Decreasing Team Drama By Chris Ihrig Incivility among team members can sink a team as surely as a well-placed torpedo can sink an aircraft carrier. In The Price of Incivility, Harvard Business Review quantified the cost of workplace incivility summarized below. Incivility causes significant damage because it increases stress, leads to retaliation, rumination, lower levels [...]