Employee Retention Articles

Here is a large collection of career advancement articles written by Joel Garfinkle that provide useful tips and insights to give you the information you need to achieve the level of career success you desire. Learn how to develop your leadership skills so that you can influence others at work and make a real difference in your company.

Joel gives permission for you to reproduce any of the following leadership development articles, work ethics articles, and articles on employee retention. Internet publication is permissible, as long as links are preserved. Please attribute Joel Garfinkle as the author and leave the contact information and copyright notice intact.

  1. Are You Suffering from Burnout at Work? According to a nationwide survey by Career.com, a whopping 77 percent of workers say they feel burnout on the job. If you’re suffering from burnout at work, please read this article and learn the eight ways to prevent or treat burnout on the job.
  2. How to Train Employees to Be Critical Thinkers What do you think about critical thinking? Are you thinking critically on the job? Do you encourage your employees to do the same? Learn three key questions you can use to encourage critical thinking at work.
  3. 5 Signs that You’re Ready for an Executive Coach Want to lead at an executive level but don’t know how? Consider leadership and executive coaching. Here are 5 signs that you’re ready for an executive coach.
  4. Smashing through the Glass Ceiling: Three Career-Advancing Strategies for Women and Minorities Learn the three challenges women and minorities might face, along with strategies you can use to overcome them. These career-building strategies will help you advance your career faster and further.


  1. 6 Ways to Get Customer Feedback to Improve Your Service Brand Because branding is so critical to your company’s long-term success, your firm should constantly be evaluating the alignment between brand identity (what your company thinks it is) and brand image (what customers perceive it to be). Learn the six strategies to obtain brand feedback from customers.
  2. Stand Out! Seven Ways to Increase Your Visibility at Work If senior management and other influential people aren’t aware of your value to the organization, it’s vital that you implement the seven ways to increase your visibility at work.
  3. Podcast Interview – 3 Ways to Increase Your Influence (Click HERE for mp3 file) Effective leadership is all about getting stuff done through and with other people. Even for the most powerful leaders (think of the President of the United States for instance) getting stuff done is more often about influence than it is authority. In this podcast interview, Joel Garfinkle discusses what influence is all about and simple, actionable ways that you can increase yours.
  4. Fostering Innovation in the Workplace Innovation in the workplace doesn’t just happen—it has to be developed and nurtured. Learn the four steps you can take to create an environment when innovation happens naturally.
  5. How to Find and Mentor Future Company Leaders Are you mentoring your company’s future leaders? You can be a mentor, whether or not your company has a formal mentoring program. Learn the three steps you can take right now to mentor tomorrow’s leaders.
  6. People Don’t Walk Out of Companies &mash; They Walk Out on Managers What is the No. 1 reason employees quit their jobs? More often than not, it’s not about the money, it’s about the environment at work. There are many factors that contribute to an undesirable work environment, but they all have one thing in common: It’s the manager who creates the environment who is ultimately responsible for driving employees away. Read this free employee retention article and learn how you can adopt managerial behaviors that inspire your top talent to stay.
  7. Seven Alarming Future Trends in Human Capital and How to Manage Them Learn the seven alarming future trends in human capital due to rapid changes in business and the economy. Find out what you can do to prepare for them. Awareness of these future trends may make the difference between success and failure for businesses both large and small.
  8. 6 Ways to Create a Credit-Sharing Company Culture A credit-sharing company culture provides recognition for the outstanding work you do and has advocates signing your praise publicly. Learn the six ways to create a credit-sharing company culture<
  9. Two Sources to Build Company Success with Corporate Coaching Your company will gain the highest competitive edge by using both kinds of corporate coaching (internal and external). This will advance the skills and leadership of any organizations key players. Neglect either kind and you limit your top talent.


  1. Why Employees Leave Their Managers It’s rare that employees quit because they are disgusted with an entire company. One of the top reasons employees cite when leaving a job is either disagreement with or disapproval of their immediate supervisor. Read this free employee retention article for a list of five of the most common mistakes managers make when dealing with their teams and how to fix them.
  2. Five Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover in the First 90 Days Use these five steps to reduce employee turnover in the first 90 days. Evaluate your hiring, orientation, feedback, training, and managerial skills.
  3. Perception is Reality: 8 Steps for Changing How Others See You The perception others have of you will not change overnight. And once a change is made, it won’t necessarily stay that way. Creating a positive perception takes your commitment as well as consistent action on your part to develop and refine the image you want the world to see. Learn the eight steps for changing how others see you.
  4. Do You Know the Seven Strategies to Define your Competitive Advantage? Discover how to define your competitive strategy as a company or individual by using these seven strategies: cost, differentiation, innovative, operational, technology, adaptability, and information
  5. Leadership & Executive Coaching If life in the executive suite seems a bit too comfortable, it’s time to accelerate your performance. Develop new skills, look for new challenges, and thrive on the process. An executive coach can provide you with your personal GPS to take you where you want to go.
  6. Are you a first-time boss? Avoid these 4 pitfalls Succeeding at getting that promotion is just the first step. Succeeding at being a good boss is another thing altogether. You don’t just want to be a boss — you want to be a great boss. Here are four major pitfalls most new bosses face and how you can avoid them.
  7. Stay Motivated at Work As companies continue to announce layoffs, operating losses and even salary reductions, what can employees do to stay motivated at work? Learn the six strategies that can help you stay interested in your job.
  8. Five of the least effective employee motivation and retention strategies Consider your organization’s culture and management practices as they relate to employee motivation and retention. Are you sticking with worn out or less effective methods of retention? If so, read this article and learn about the five myths.
  9. The No. 1 way to retain great employees: Stay interviews Don’t wait until an employee leaves to have an exit interview. Instead, keep your workers with a “stay” interview. This easy, inexpensive interview is a key employee-retention strategy. The “stay” interview will help you reduce employee turnover and keep your top talent satisfied.
  10. Executive and Corporate Coaching Executive and corporate coaching is a strategic plan, not a cosmetic makeover. Executive coaching is designed to produce tangible, measurable results. You’ll get where you want to go easier and faster when you work with a coach.
  11. One Simple Technique to Appear More Competent at Work People make constant judgments about you based on their perceptions and observations. These perceptions can be hard to change, but both experience and research have shown that there is one simple thing you can do to start changing minds almost immediately: Speak up and let your opinions be heard. Here are a few tips to help you speak up, speak first, and speak often.
  12. Transforming Perceptions: 10 Steps to Managing the Way You Are Perceived at Work Success at work starts with positive perceptions. If your boss and co-workers have a negative image of you, it’s pretty good bet you won’t be getting a promotion anytime soon. This 10-step perception transformation plan will help you change how you are perceived in your organization.
  13. The fear of slowing down Many people are afraid to slow down. You have a lot of important work to do. The truth, however, is that your brain needs downtime. When you are not actively thinking about a problem, your brain has a chance to think about it in a different way—frequently leading to creative solutions. Here are four steps you can take to get your brain out of the focused-thinking mode and allow your creativity to surface.
  14. Power of an Engaged Workforce Engaged workers can make a difference to your company’s bottom line. Yet, a recent study found that only 14 percent of workers are highly engaged in their jobs. Learn the best ways to get your employees to “buy into” their work and develop as effective leaders.
  15. The Four Best Professional Development Programs Many professionals turn to development programs to get them back on track. Choose one or more of these four key programs to grow your talent and reach your goals.
  16. Make feedback a constant experience Let’s face it: Annual performance evaluations are not effective. You hate them, your employees hate them. Here are three tips to help you transition from the annual performance appraisal to continuous feedback and coaching that makes your team stronger.
  17. How Fear of Self-Promotion Can Kill Your Career If you want to keep moving ahead in your career, it is absolutely essential that you overcome your fear of self-promotion. Learn the five strategies you can use to promote yourself at work in spite of your fear.
  18. 6 Tips to Increase Your Visibility at Work Without Self-Promoting Why would you want to increase your visibility at work? Why not just let your work speak for yourself? You can’t expect to get ahead if people don’t notice you…and it’s never safe to assume that decision-makers are aware of your accomplishments. Here are six tips to make yourself more visible without being overbearing.
  19. Podcast Interview – Getting Ahead (Click HERE for mp3 file) Art Petty interviews Joel and discusses his latest book Getting Ahead-Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.
  20. Achievement Awards — Celebrating & Honoring Valuable Employees Learn who, how, when, and why to recognize and honor valuable employees with awards and celebrations. See what you must never do and discover motivators sure to succeed.
  21. Get Paid What You’re Worth Like most people, you probably feel your work is worth more than the salary you make. You want to be compensated for the actual value you provide to your employer. Apply these three steps to negotiating a better salary, and start earning what you’re worth.
  22. Keep Your Employees Happy While keeping employees happy may sometimes seem like mission impossible, following a few guidelines will help most of your people feel good about the time they spend at work. Learn four simple ways you can make a difference.
  23. How to have difficult workplace conversations that produce positive results Delivering bad news is difficult, both for the manager and the employee receiving the news. Whether it’s a layoff or a poor performance review, handling the conversation poorly will make things even worse. Here are nine tips to help you communicate bad news more effectively.
  24. Reduce Employment Turnover in the First 90 Days Use these five steps to reduce employee turnover in the first 90 days. Evaluate your hiring, orientation, feedback, training, and managerial skills.
  25. When Should You Ask for an Employee Retention Bonus? Learn when your company will most likely want to pay an employee retention bonus. How should you ask for one? Read this article and raise your chances of success.
  26. 9 Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills According to a survey of employers, communication skills are the most important quality sought in job candidates. So whether you’re looking to get ahead in the job market — or within your company — these nine tips will make you stand out from the crowd! ? (“See MY Point of View at Work” and “Seven Steps to Clear and Effective Communication” for more articles on leadership communication.)
  27. How to get ahead: 5 questions for Joel Garfinkle Dan Pink asked Joel five questions about Getting Ahead. Read Joel’s answers to find out the #1 thing that keeps people from implementing the strategies in the book. You’ll also learn the least painful way to ask for feedback, find out how to create visibility without appearing obnoxious, and discover a simple strategy to make you instantly seem more competent.
  28. Are You Ready For a Promotion? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Ask yourself the following four questions to evaluate your skills and determine whether you truly are ready to move up to the next level in your career.


  1. Get Credit For Your Work Getting credit for your work is not always easy. You can do great work, but if no one knows you were responsible for the outstanding results, you won’t get recognized. The key to getting credit for your accomplishments is doing an effective job at promoting yourself and letting other people know what you did.
  2. Mentors on Steroids: How Advocates Advance Your Career An advocate relationship is like a mentorship on steroids. Instead of remaining out of sight in the background, mentoring you privately, an advocate promotes you in a very public way, increasing your visibility and chances for promotion. Learn the 4 ways advocates can help advance your career.
  3. Make Time for Important Long-Term Projects Most of us focus our time and energy on whatever short-term tasks land on our plate each week. That’s fine as long as we also commit time and energy to the important long-term projects that will get us where we eventually want to be.
  4. Is your trust factor slipping? 5 tips to increase employee trustThe term “smart creative” is often heard today in the hallways and conference rooms of some of the nation’s leading tech companies. Not surprising, since it was coined by Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman. Here are four key characteristics to look for in finding the smart creative.
  5. Podcast Interview – Getting the Recognition You Deserve This 45-minute podcast, titled Getting the Recognition You Deserve, is the recording of an interview for the Career Clinic radio show, which aired on KBNP Portland AM1410. Learn seven ways to increase your visibility and leverage self-promotion to enhance your career.
  6. Getting Ahead — Not Your Average Career Coaching Book Are you a C-level professional — a dynamic CEO or CCO? Or perhaps you’re a mid-level or upper level manager, a new employee, or an aspiring future company leader. Wherever you are in your career path right now, a transformative coaching program for executives can help you get ahead at work.
  7. Exploit More Career Changes in Lifetime with Help of an Executive Coach Coaches have the expertise, techniques, and tools to assist you in achieving what you most want in half the time. They provide direct, honest, and objective feedback and help you develop the skills and direction you need to move beyond limitations, resistance, and doubt. With the assistance of a coach, you’ll be better prepared for current challenges, increased change, and future roles.
  8. Six Hidden Benefits of Leadership Coaching
    Learn the 6 hidden benefits of using leadership coaching to advance your company and build its success. Find ways to outpace your competition with leadership coaching.
  9. The smart creative: How to spot them, how to use them The term “smart creative” is often heard today in the hallways and conference rooms of some of the nation’s leading tech companies. Not surprising, since it was coined by Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman. Here are four key characteristics to look for in finding the smart creative.
  10. Four Ways to Say No at Work Here are four ways to say no and provide feedback and push back at work without appearing uncooperative. After applying these tips, you’ll begin to notice a change in your workload, a decrease in the pressure you feel, and an increase in your overall productivity.
  11. Fostering Innovation Executives, managers and leaders need to understand what innovation is and what it isn’t and how to create a workplace culture that promotes innovation. Learn the 4 principles for fostering innovation.
  12. Two Questions The Most Successful Ask
    The two questions are: (1) Am I spending most (if not all) of my time on the things that matter most to my employer? and (2) How am I actually perceived by the decision-makers in my organization? These two questions were asked of managers, consultants, training specialists and business owners. Find out their number one response… and ways you can improve your effectiveness in these critical areas.
  13. The Keys to Effective Self-Promotion
    Having coached hundreds of clients, I’ve learned that those who advance the furthest and fastest aren’t necessarily the most talented or deserving. One quality they almost always share is the ability to effectively communicate their impact and value to others in their organizations. You’ll learn the keys to effective self-promotion.
  14. Feeling Equal to Someone Senior Than You Often, when you interact with someone who is your senior, you feel less than equal to them. You think they know more and should receive deferential treatment due to their higher level position in the company. This type of behavior surrenders too much power to the senior person, especially when it’s not necessary in your relationship.
  15. Don’t Make Your Work Look Too Easy Be proactive in showing management how valuable you are to the company. Learn the tree steps you can take to show your company how much you contribute to the success of the organization.
  16. 5 Keys to Advancing Your Career during Difficult Economic Times A proactive mindset should replace a passive wait-and-see attitude to advance. Learn the five strategies that will get management’s attention and foster your professional growth.
  17. Manage Time and Get Organized Fast Company Magazine says that employees waste 6 weeks per year searching for lost paperwork and spend up to 35% of their time looking for the information they need to do their jobs. And when you’re not trying to track down that lost file or report, chances are someone is interrupting you. Read this article to learn simple techniques and strategies you can use to better manage your time and reduce the stress at work.
  18. Tips on Career advancement Speaking in financial terms, reflecting well on others, growing the job you already have and seeking opportunities where others aren’t looking can make a difference in your career success. Learn more about these tips on career advancement.


  1. Bring New Vigor to Your Job When you begin to lose joy in your work and find the day-to-day grind not fun anymore, you might have a tendency to want to quit at that moment. This isn’t the most practical solution. When you lose excitement for your work, how can you bring new vigor to your relationship with your job? Here are some suggestions to help you.
  2. Make Your Meetings More Productive In study after study, workers cite meetings as one of the most unproductive and frustrating parts of their jobs. Wasting almost $40-billion each year, it’s no wonder that Industry Week Magazine called meetings “The Great White Collar Crime.” But you don’t have to be a victim. In this article, you’ll learn the seven simple steps you can take to make meetings more productive and, heaven forbid, even fun.
  3. Talent development – Increase Your Job Value Want to create effective and influential leaders? This article will teach you how to become an integral part of management and increase your value to the company via perception, visibility and influence.
  4. Procrastination: What is it costing you? The habit of procrastination deserves special attention because it is so widespread and costly. In addition to robbing you of time, procrastination can cause you to question your own value and abilities. When you implement these anti-procrastination strategies, your energy will build, your momentum will increase, and the results will be inevitable.
  5. Coping with Critical Coworkers Learn four common sense tips to sustain your sanity when dealing with overly-critical co-workers, clients, supervisors, or any other “nay-sayer” in your life, based on Joel’s workbook Love Your Work.
  6. How to Keep your Top Talent Money is a material representation of any employee’s worth to his company. It may motivate employees to produce good work, get along with their superiors and handle the many frustrations and downsides of the average work day. But there are other motivators and intangible factors from which your employees can derive fulfillment and increased satisfaction. Read this article on employee retention and learn some innovative strategies for motivating your employees.
  7. Difficulty Asserting Yourself at Work We’re taught early in life to be polite and to not be arrogant or conceited. However, having a healthy view of your strengths and being able to convey them to your superiors is neither conceited nor arrogant.
  8. Do I Dare Say Something? How to be Assertive at Work Do you freeze up every time you have to communicate your ideas to people in positions of power? Do you clam up at meetings because you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing? If so, it’s effecting your upward mobility. Follow these three steps to take corrective action.
  9. Blow your own horn You know you’re good at what you do and deserve more recognition, increased responsibility and a probably even a promotion. But does anyone else know? Many employees are passed by or completely overlooked simply because senior management doesn’t know how valuable they are.
  10. Leadership Coaching – Executive Training & Development Leadership coaching brings your company the skilled executive training and development needed to grow and keep competitive. Choose a coach with broad experience and success to increase your company’s performance, improve productivity, and enhance talent.
  11. 3 Positive Reactions to Your Employees When Not Meeting Expectations People are often surprised to learn that many successful entrepreneurs failed several times on their way to success. Failure can be a valuable learning aid if it is handled properly, but it can be hard to remember that when an employee makes a mistake. Here are three ways you can handle employees’ failures in a productive, non-punitive manner.
  12. Gain Competitive Advantage – 6 Essential Secrets Looking for that competitive edge? It might not be where you think. These six critical areas that will help you stand out to management and gain the promotion you deserve.
  13. Five Ways To Set Up Promotions For Success When an employee is promoted, there is always a transition period while the employee adjusts to the new position. As a manager, there are many ways you can help a newly-promoted employee excel. Here are five steps you can take to set up your new promotions for a successful transition.
  14. 3 Team Building Strategies Companies Can Implement Right Now Building a team of relationships requires more than a one-time team building workshop. Here are 3 effective team-building strategies you can implement now.
  15. Use Books on Tape to Capture Your Ultimate Competitive Advantage Books on tape give busy executives an ultimate competitive advantage by helping them excel through increased mental acuity and individualized learning. Use them to create balance in life.
  16. Give Employees What They Need It pays to pay attention to your people’s needs. Give employees what they need and they’ll give you improved productivity, innovative ideas and top-notch results.
  17. 10 Ways to Increase Visibility in Meetings The benefits of becoming more visible in meetings include increasing your knowledge capital, developing more (and deeper) relationships, and enhancing your visibility with colleagues and executives in the company.


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  1. Speak Up At Work According to management researchers Kathleen Ryan and Daniel Oestreich, 70 percent of the people they studied from various industries and job titles were afraid to speak up at work for
  2. Employee Retention Survey Learn the key to positive and negative questions to find actions and morale boosting methods to keep your employees retained.
  3. Employee Retention & Promotion Employees want to feel recognized, valued, and engaged. Use promotions to retain valuable employees. Learn the five steps to help you retain your choice workers by promoting them.
  4. Employee Retention tactics 21 tactics that help you build employee retention. Starting with the hiring process through company image, culture, teambuilding, and pay, take a look at effective methods of keeping your workers.
  5. Increased Effectiveness on Projects Completing projects more efficiently and effectively is one of the fastest ways to achieve success in your work and personal life. These 10 tips for maximum effectiveness will help you get the important projects done quickly.
  6. Bringing New Ideas to Life The benefit of bringing new ideas to life is that your visibility can be tied to the project, increasing your exposure and thus your advancement up the corporate ladder. All of this directly affects your career and the overall productivity and efficiency of the company.
  7. Employee Retention The three things that help retain employees: Great management, Meaningful Work, and Competitive salary. Help retain your key employees by meeting their needs.
  8. Leadership Lessons from Geese It turns out that geese have a lot to teach us about teamwork and leadership.
  9. If you were replaced, would anyone notice? Do you stand out at work? Or do you blend in and go mostly unnoticed while your coworkers take the spotlight? If you want to get ahead, you must first get noticed. Here are three strategies you can use to make yourself more memorable.
  10. 3 Questions to Ask Before Investing in an Executive Coaching Program Do you know what to look for when selecting an executive coaching program? Asking these three key questions can help you decide on the best coach for you.
  11. 3 Surprising Ways to Influence Your Employees Want to be a better boss, a respected leader, and an admired mentor to the people under you? Here are three ways you can influence downward to your employees, staff and the people you supervise.
  12. Love Your Current Job! It’s very easy in today’s workplace to get into patterns of behavior. Step back and look at how you may be held back and restricted by this routine. Expand your field of vision and see the possibilities in your future. Look at your job with the eyes of an outsider and consider how he/she would find positives in your current work.
  13. Want to Live Longer? Take Your Vacation Do you take advantage of all your vacation days? More than one-third of American workers don’t, according to a survey by the Families and Work Institute. And only 14 percent go away for more than two weeks at a time. Want to live longer? Take your vacation.
  14. Getting Credit at Work: Behind Every Successful Woman is Herself Compared with their male counterparts, women seem to have a harder time stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight at work. To be more successful, you must ensure that you get credit for the outstanding work that you do. Here are some tips to help you speak up when a teammate attempts to take credit for the entire project without acknowledging your contributions.
  15. Happiness is More Important Than Money Does your current work satisfy you? Really? On what levels? Getting a paycheck is certainly important for survival, but happiness is more important than money over the long-term.
  16. Reduce Your Workload Here are five strategies for working with others in your organization to reduce your workload so that you can get back to being effective and productive.

Leadership Articles

  1. How to Disconnect from Work and Enjoy Your Vacation When you do take your vacation, make sure you disconnect completely. You won’t get the full benefits of taking a vacation if you’re still working. Instead, take the following steps to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy your time off and come back to work refreshed, recharged, and ready to put your heart into your work again.
  2. Improve Communication When Times Are Bad The longer this recession continues, the greater the need for leaders to be engaged and to find new and better ways to communicate with their employees. Here are six tips to improve communication when times are bad.
  3. See MY Point of View at Work We often have “tunnel vision” and only see our side of a situation. Other people involved in the situation are busy being focused on their side. Communication lapses, frustration and anger increase, and situations turn into major problems. How can this be avoided? How can you get your employer or employee to see your point of view? (“9 Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills” and “Seven Steps to Clear and Effective Communication” for more articles on leadership communication.)
  4. Lessons on Teamwork from Really Bad Team Members The best managers understand that effective leaders are also solid team players. The workplace is filled with capable teammates — even some who take initiative, overdeliver and inspire colleagues. Unfortunately, there’s also the occasional employee who has no idea how to collaborate or communicate effectively. Here are 7 things failing team members do — and what you can learn from them.
  5. Efficient Use of Your Time What could you accomplish if you used your time in the most effective way possible? Try these seven methods and find out.
  6. Six Ways to Enjoy Work More The first few months or even years at a job, we tend to enjoy everything about it. But something sometimes happens as time goes by. We begin to view work as drudgery instead of a joyful experience. We can recapture the enjoyment of the early months.
  7. 3 Signs that Your Company Needs an Executive Coaching Consultant Executive coaches are popular because executive coaching works. Here are three signs that your company needs to hire an executive coaching consultant.
  8. 10 steps to positive work relationships – Part 1 (Click HERE for Part 2) Having positive relationships with your coworkers is critical to your success. You will never get the promotions you deserve if people don’t know you and like you. Here are ten strategies to help you build relationships will everyone you work with—whether they are above you, below you, or at the same level.
  9. 7 Tips to Prevent Change Management Failure Change is the driving force of most leading corporations today. Failing to adapt to change in a fast-paced, cut-throat industry can leave you behind. Most prominent organizations and top level executives know this, yet research has shown that for the past fifteen years, an estimated 70% of transitions in multinationals that involved change failed.
  10. Five Guidelines for Improving Relationships With Difficult Co-Workers Especially in today’s “dog eat dog” job market, positive, uplifting, and encouraging words have been irresponsibly exchanged for negative, piercing, and destructive ones, making my five guidelines for improving relationships with critical co-workers and other unflattering individuals even more timely.
  11. How Managers Can Improve Their Workplaces For Employees Read this free employee retention article and learn how managers can improve their workplaces for employees even in a disappointing economy.
  12. Gossip in the Workplace As you work side by side with your co-workers and colleagues day after day, you’re bound to be the recipient — or the target — of office gossip. Follow the 10 guidelines in this work ethics article to reduce the impact of gossip in the workplace.
  13. Top 10 Ways to Set Boundaries Setting boundaries is a skill every successful executive must master These 10 tips will help you sharpen this skill and pave the way for success.
  14. 3 Free Motivational Books to Help You Succeed Motivational books build your level of confidence, both personally and professionally. Here are three free motivational books to inspire you and propel you forward in your career.
  15. Are you suffering from “rush” syndrome? Take this 7-point quiz Do you suffer from rush syndrome? If you are constantly feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes out of your day (even if you think you’re too busy) to take this short, 7-question quiz. If you do suffer from rush syndrome, continue reading the article for several great tips that will help you overcome it.
  16. Workaholism People are working more hours than ever. They make a good income and are able to afford more material possessions but at the expense of their happiness and satisfaction. What can be done?
  17. Ask For What You Want at Work and Get It While it is true that many companies have a fairly strict set of rules and regulations, there are always exceptions. Don’t just assume up front that your company isn’t willing to work with you on a mutually satisfactory resolution. Here’s what to do.
  18. Balance Work and Play Our life and work are an integral whole. You are more than just someone who works. You have many roles in your life: you’re a friend, family member, community member, significant other, parent, and more. You have mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. How well are you balancing your roles and your needs?
  19. Nine Powerful Benefits to Managing Human Capital Learn the nine benefits to managing human capital based on your company’s core competencies. As job skills and knowledge of workers align with the core competencies of the company, both employees and company experience upward growth.
  20. Somebody, help, I’m stuck: Why you’re not advancing What do you do if everyone around you seems to be advancing while you are stuck in the same position year after year? First, you must figure out why you’re stuck. In this article, Joel explores four reasons people get stuck and gives advice for each situation.
  21. Work Hard No More In a recent survey of 180,000 American workers, over 80% indicated an intense dislike for their jobs. This is truly a sad reflection on an activity that absorbs such a major portion of our lives. Maybe it’s time for a conscious reassessment of our philosophy towards work.


  1. Highly Engaged Workplace Whether you’re a newly established entrepreneur or president of a Fortunate 500, here are three “creative rules of engagement” that virtually any employer can apply to make the workplace an incubator for greater employee fulfillment, increased satisfaction, and unprecedented productivity.
  2. 7 Saboteurs of Business Success Learn the 7 most common saboteurs of business success.
  3. Celebrate mistakes: Creating a culture of forgiveness Creating a positive environment where people are encouraged to try new things will benefit the company, the team and every individual, even when new attempts are not always successful. When you encourage healthy risk-taking, you encourage innovative behavior in your team. This article outlines how to create a culture of forgiveness that celebrates mistakes.
  4. The Four Kinds of People that Must Use Executive Coaching In Denver Four kinds of people benefit from executive coaching. Whether you live in Denver, or any other place, entrepreneurs, family businesses, corporations, and individual executives gain skills to succeed with coaching.
  5. How to Ask for Feedback Do you know how you are perceived in your organization? You might think you do—but do you really? Asking for feedback so you can learn what others think of you is one of the effective ways toward changing perception. Learn the 8 key tips on how to ask for feedback.
  6. How to Delegate Effectively According to a survey of 3,200 administrative professionals, “delegating meaningful tasks” is one of the top ten most desired qualities in a manager or boss. Here are six simple tips to help you learn how to delegate effectively.
  7. The “rush syndrome”: How it affects your health and your job Rush syndrome can create a cycle that is difficult to break out of. In this article, Joel identifies three of these cycles, including “the more you produce, the more people expect of you,” and gives advice for breaking each of them.
  8. Podcast interview – How to Unplug at Work and Be on Vacation? You won’t be able to enjoy your vacation if you’re constantly checking your work e-mail. In this eight minute podcast interview for CJAD 800 Montreal’s #1 News Talk Radio station, Joel gives tips on preparing for your vacation so you’ll be able to leave your work in someone else’s hands while you’re gone. He also tells you what to say to your boss if he or she expects you to be available during your time off.
  9. Seven Steps to Clear and Effective Communication No matter who or what audience you must address, the art of communication can be a daunting task. Here are seven steps to clear and effective communication in any situation. (“See MY Point of View at Work” and “9 Tips for Improving Your Communication skills” for more articles on leadership communication.)
  10. How Executive Coaching Can Help Your Family Business Family businesses are often short-lived, but executive coaching helps family businesses implement strategies to keep their businesses going for generations.
  11. Grow your Human Capital by Identifying Four Critical Success Factors in Recruitment Increase the wealth of your human capital when you use these four recruitment factors. Recognize the need for measured results. Understand the millennial generation. Take advantage of social media. And consider non-fulltime options.
  12. 5 Ways to Be a More Influential Leader Here are five tips for managing and improving your reputation as a leader so you can develop your influence inside the organization.
  13. Top 5 Ways to Assess Your Work Ethics on the Job You may be smart, but how are your work ethics? This work ethics article offers 5 tips to help you build strong work ethics and keep your job.
  14. Be more productive with these tech tips It seems every day brings more e-mails, more data, more information to sort through. Your workload increases but you can’t add more hours to the day. How can you push back? Use these innovations to reduce overwork, streamline communication and increase productivity.
  15. Avoid Time Traps Time traps are the pitfalls we can fall into if we’re not paying attention. They seem to lay in wait for us as we innocently go about our day and will rob you of time, energy, and focus if you let them. The only way to avoid time traps is to be aware that they exist and stay alert, ready to block or divert them.
  16. Tips on Slowing Down, Appreciating Colleagues and Being Grateful In our continual rush to get things done, we sometimes overlook the most important aspect of our lives, including our relationships with others. Follow these steps to reap the benefits of a richer and more rewarding life.
  17. Stop Wasting Time Would you like to gain more than two hours of productivity each day without working longer hours? It’s simple. Stop wasting your time. According to a survey by AOL and Salary.com, the average American admits to wasting more than two hours a day while at work.
  18. Steps to Enhance Your Career It’s been said that your house or your 401K is the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. That’s not true. Your career, by far, offers the potential for greater rewards monetarily, as well as in personal fulfillment.
  19. Know Your Company’s Strategy Employees who know their companies’ strategies have a powerful advantage over those who don’t. Yet, according to USA Today, an astonishing 95 percent of companies don’t share their strategies with their work force. Discover tangible ways you can learn and demonstrate your commitment to your company’s key strategies.
  20. Feeling rushed? Break the habit of hurry and overwhelm Do you feel like you’re hustling all day like, hopping from one urgent task to another without ever really seeming to finish anything? You might be suffering from rush syndrome. In this article, you will learn to identify the triggers, evaluate the negative impact you are having on your team, and reduce the damage by learning to slow down and focus on one thing at a time.
  21. Ways to Reach Your Goals Faster There are many pathways to success and happiness and the “right” path may be different for each person. There are, however, some actions all of us can take along the way that will boost our chances of getting where we most want to go.
  22. Tips to Reduce Your Chances of Being Laid Off Learn the five ways to improve your chances to staying employed by constantly demonstrating your value to the company and making yourself indispensable to clients.
  23. Six Tips for Building Your Own Brand Increasing your visibility is one of the best ways to be recognized, gain influence and get ahead in the workplace. One way to stand above the crowd is to create your own brand.
  24. How Men and Women in Leadership Can Help Their Employees Succeed As a manager, motivating and helping your employees succeed ought to be among your top priorities. The people in your work group need the leadership, direction and support that only you can provide. In this article, you’ll find seven proven strategies managers can use to help employees reach their full potential.
  25. Five Ways to Create More Time at Work Creating balance in your life when you have been asked to do more work and work longer hours is very difficult to do. You will need to learn ways to make more efficient use of your time. In this article, you’ll find five ways to create more time at work.
  26. Interview with Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith One of the most successful executive coaches in the country talks about how you can achieve positive, long-term changes in your behavior.
  27. Minimize Self-Criticism Constant self-criticism can be demoralizing. It erodes your confidence and self-esteem. You’ve already got enough pressure on you without your inner-voice second-guessing and undermining your every move. If you’re a victim of chronic self-criticism, I suggest you take the following steps to minimize self-criticism.
  28. What is Human Capital Management? Your employees are vital to the company’s success. Here are nine ways human capital management works to support the company and its workers.
  29. How Women Entrepreneurs Enrich their Lives and Businesses with Coaching. How business and life coaching are a unique benefit to women entrepreneurs. Learn the 4 ways a coach can assist women in defining, refining, and achieving their business goals. This article will help you recognize your advantages and own your strengths.
  30. How to Eliminate Stress from Your Life? According to a survey by Workplace Options, a Raleigh, NC, consulting firm, 65 percent of workers describe their jobs as somewhat or very stressful. The way to eliminate stress from your life is to set boundaries.
  31. 6 Steps for New Job Success The first few days on a new job can be hectic, stressful, and, at times, almost overwhelming. But if you want to get noticed and get ahead, you need to focus on the big picture and what’s most important.
  32. To succeed today, you need wisdom It’s not enough to be smart and hard-working – you also need to be wise. This article defines common characteristics of wisdom for leaders to measure themselves against. Learn the 6 criteria of wisdom.
  33. How to Ask for a Pay Raise According to a recent survey, 65 percent of workers said they were going to look for a new job, largely because they felt they were being underpaid. Admittedly, asking for a raise isn’t easy. But if you follow these tips, your chances for success will be greatly enhanced.
  34. Just Say No… to Meetings The meetings will always be there, but your time will not. So how do we deal with a meeting-dominated work environment? Here are some tips.
  35. The Time to Start Networking is When You Already Have a Job Even if you have a job, you need to develop your personal networks and networking skills. In today’s troubling economy, no one’s job is totally secure. If you should suddenly find yourself unemployed, having a well-established network will give you a distinct advantage over your competitors. Learn five easy ways to jumpstart your networking efforts.
  36. Get the Most from Your Life Fearing that “my time is running out” influences how we view our lives. We often reassess our goals and aspirations, trying to understand more of who we are and what we want to achieve. To live in such a way that no matter how fast time goes, you will be getting the most from your life.
  37. Articles on Leadership Skills Discover better leadership methods as you read articles on leadership skills. Learn how to accomplish the skills and abilities you see in people you admire. Resolve problems with information from top articles.
  38. People Leave! Are You Prepared? 3 Steps to Successful Succession Plan What will you do the next time someone in your company gets sick or jumps ship? Are you prepared? Use this simple three-step process to create a succession plan that will provide stability for your company and peace of mind for you.
  39. Find Affordable Leadership Development with Books, Articles, and Quotes Start your leadership development with low-cost training through books, articles, and quotes. Learn how to use them to their best advantage.
  40. Human Capital Crises & Danger for America’s Future Businesses, here’s why you’re struggling with the human capital crisis. Find four ways to resolve your work force shortfalls, now and in the future.
  41. 8 Free Business Leadership Books You Can Find Online If you don’t mind on-screen reading, you can save a few bucks by downloading e-books instead of investing in the printed version. And sometimes you can even get them free. Here are nine free business leadership books you can download to read on your computer or Kindle.
  42. Executive Job Coaching – Need a Job or Career Coach? Do you really need a job or career coach? How can you tell when it will be wise use of your resources? Check out these five reasons why you may NOT need an executive or job coach right now. Learn what an executive coach does.
  43. The Importance of Updating Your Resume to Ask for a Promotion Are you looking to get to the next level in your organization? Have you tried for a promotion before, but failed to get it? You might have excellent skills and many years of working experience on the table, but you just can’t seem to get that highly-coveted promotion. Here’s why updating your resume prior to asking for a promotion is absolutely critical.
  44. Parents who’ve been Poor Work Models Just because family role models approached work in one way, you don’t have to continue the trend. Set a new trend for future generations by breaking the pattern of parents who’ve been poor work models. You can create work that comes from the core of who you are.
  45. 7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated During Layoffs Layoffs can be traumatic, not only for those who leave the payroll, but for the so-called “survivors” who often find themselves not only picking up the pieces, but also the additional work of their departed coworkers. You’ll learn the seven ways to keep employees motivated during layoffs.
  46. Thrive When Others are Being Laid Off According to the government’s latest figures, the nation’s unemployment rate is the highest level since 1994. Through October of 2008, the economy has shed 1.2-million jobs this year. But there are lots of ways to thrive when others are being laid off.
If you have enjoyed reading any of the executive coaching articles, work ethics articles, and articles on employee retention, above, contact Joel Garfinkle today to learn how your organization can develop effective leaders using his executive coaching services.