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Employee and Coworkers Gifts
Giving gifts to your co-workers or your employees can be a tricky business. You want to give something that is they will really enjoy but doesn't break your piggy bank. You want to give something that suits the individual's tastes but doesn't suggest anything politically. We have some suggestions that for the most part can be given to either sex and to anyone of almost any age which we think will help you in your gift giving search.
1. Everyone uses a memo pad even if the memo is only to themselves. Pick ones that reflect their hobbies or show the type of work they do.
2. People are always looking for a paperclip for all those papers we still have. If you give a magnetic paperclip holder, they'll always have their own paperclips. They can also play and make funny shapes when someone on the phone has put them on hold. Occasionally everyone has to take work home or get away from the desk to write or proofread what they wrote on the computer. Give them a lap desk. They have some lap desks that have a pillow on the part that fits on your legs. Some of them also have storage underneath the board.
3. Baskets full of things are always good. Fill them up with an assortment of coffee sample packages, cocoa, jams and jellies, cookies and snacks, specialty teas, cheeses and meats.
4. Did you ever plan on stopping on the way home from work to pick up something but forgot the one item that you really needed? We all have. But now, you can get door hanger note pads that say "Do Not Forget". They hang on your office door knob or the your desk drawer. You write things on them as you think of them during the day. When you leave, the list is there for you to rip off the sheet and head to the car.
5. We all sit in rush hour traffic each day. An audio book on cassettes will take their mind away from the traffic.
6. The truth is, we are all clock watchers. Find a small, attractive desk clock. Just don't give it to the person who is late every morning.
7. We don't always plan ahead. Most of us forget our umbrella on the day that it rains buckets. With the new mini-umbrella, you gave them, that won't be a problem. Mini-umbrellas fit nicely inside a purse, briefcase, or desk drawer.
8. Everyone loves those yellow little sticky notes. You can give a more decorated stack that's printed with flowers, sailboats, mountains, or whatever hobby best suits the recipient.
9. Did you ever receive a card that a guy had in his wallet until it was dog-eared. It looked pretty sad, didn't it? Anyone who hands out their business card would appreciate a silver or gold cardholder case.
10. Find the guy who took pictures of the last company functions; Christmas party, company picnic, company exhibit booth. Get all the pictures of the recipient and his co-workers and fill up a photo cube to place on a co-workers desk. Enclose a note that he can change out the photos for members of his family if he wants.
11. We have mail and not everyone has a secretary to open it. A letter opener that reflects the hobby of the recipient will be a welcome gift.
Adriana Copaceanu provides people with creative gift ideas that don't blow the bank. Gift Baskets for Baby, Birthday and Beyond, are just some gift ideas you'll find at her site. Want regular reminders on gift-giving? Sign up for her free monthly newsletter at http://www.abcgiftsandbaskets.com/gift-news-signup.htm
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Putting the I in Team
This sports cliche is a memorable phrase that reminds people that team success is more important than individual glory. In that sense it is wonderful and is as true for business teams as it is for sports teams.
Motivation - Dont Make Your Team Uncomfortable
The people in your team may feel a bit uncomfortable whenyou sit down and spend time with them, particularly ifthey're not used to it. They might not be used to you doingit or perhaps a previous manager didn't do it.
Team Communication Critical To Success
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Building Teams -You see it everywhere
A college football team has it. A corporation has it.
Cross-Cultural Communication: Grin and Jump In!
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Hand Out Warm Glows
Do you remember how you felt after your last interactionwith another person either on the phone or face to face?That person - it could have been a customer, a colleague, asalesperson, a friend or even a member of your family. Didthey make you feel good, uplifted and more positive, didthey leave you feeling neutral or did they make you feeldown and more negative.
Conflict Is Cool
Having experienced more than my fair share of conflict over the years, from street fighting to more sophisticated law cases, I have become an avid student of the subject of Conflict Resolution. My bookshelves are full of literature on the topic and the public library is thinking of charging me for overuse.
Story Telling With a Purpose
For a brief time, I tried to sell life insurance. And, the operative word was 'tried' I can assure you.
Leadership Quality Through Kindness
In days past, loyalty was a given. The worker in past generations frequently remained with a company for his or her lifetime.
4 Tips for Keeping a Team Motivated
Companies often have incentives for reps, but sometimes that isn't enough. To keep your team motivated, you could do a number of things:1.
Team Member Feedback: A Priceless Communication Tool
Feedback is such an important communication tool. Openness, honesty, candor, trust -- all of these are hallmarks of high performance teams and organizations.
Leadership, Genuine, Meaningful and Productive
One of the best lessons I have learned is the impact and importance of leadership. It is so easy to identify dysfunctional leadership in a company (or of a governmental entity!).
Characteristics of High Performance Teams
Abstract: Based on significant research, Entelechy has defined characteristics of effective teams.Entelechy reviewed over 50 studies on high performance teams and compiled a list of high performance team characteristics.
Teamwork, Rowing, & Paddles
Effective and sustainable teambuilding is necessary in today's marketplace where fewer people are being required to do more work. More often than not, the adage "Getting everyone rowing in the same direction" is associated with building effective teams.
Franchisee Relations and Team Work
Franchisees of a particular franchise must get along in order for the team to hyperspace the competition. Recently our company; Franchising.
General Patton and Leadership
No figure in history is like General Patton. He was colorful, hard core and got the job done.
Business Team Building Strategy In The Jungle
"Tak kenak! Tak kenak!" "Adak Orang sanak!????"The quiet jungle has suddenly become noisy with intruders. Strange voices and shouting seemed to appear all around us.
Raising Issues In Your Group or Offline
In a recent group coaching session, a client mentioned that he thought his monthly meetings with his peers were dysfunctional. He felt they achieved "false closure" on key decisions - they'd discuss an issue, not make a clear decision, and move on, all acting as if they were clear.
The 5 Bes of Motivation
It's not true in every organization, but it is true in many. Managers often don't understand their employees.
Empower Your Trainees
One of the most memorable quotes that I heard from a trainer came from a man I knew named Rizal:"As trainees, you are supposed to interrupt me if you don't understand something. You are supposed to ask questions.
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