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By Tony Schwartz / 0

Tony Schwartz  is the CEO and founder of  The Energy Project and bestselling author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, published in 2010.

Care is the X Factor 15FiveLast month, a midlevel employee at a company I work with got on a plane at his own expense, prompted by a decision that he felt had not been fair to one of his colleagues, and flew several thousand miles across the ocean to discuss the situation directly with his supervisor.

That’s how much he cared — about his colleague, about doing the right thing and about the values he wanted his company to uphold. His boss could have been defensive. Instead, to his credit, he was moved by this younger employee’s passion.

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By David Mizne / 0

February Employee Feedback ArticlesCommunication is an art-form. Sometimes it’s a masterpiece by Picasso and sometimes it’s a finger-painting. The difference depends on the tools at the artist’s disposal. And as with any artistic endeavor, crafting conversations that lead to great work relies upon a few tried and true techniques.

In this array of articles on employee feedback, we have compiled the tools necessary to engage artfully with your employees, while treating them with dignity, respecting their opinions, and honoring their humanness. Asking the right questions validates their experience and provides managers with the opportunity to respond with support, coaching, and recognition.

Employees crave feedback. So much so that they probably already read these 4 great articles. How about you?

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By David Mizne / 0

Quit Complaining

Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can complain. 

~Henry Ford

Nobody likes whining – especially in the workplace. It destroys your spirit and that of those around you. Complaining without purpose is harmful to your health, and certainly doesn’t help your chances of having enjoyable relationships with others.

Managers and co-workers quickly learn to tune out whining as a coping mechanism. Of course then you’ll complain that nobody listens. Instead of focusing on the problem, which may create more problems for you the more you vent about it, why not focus on what you want and actually strategize how to achieve your desires?

Complaining gets you nowhere, but communicating grievances properly can ultimately change everything for the better.

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By David Hassell / 1

Simon Sinek is a best-selling author, speaker, and trusted advisor to 15Five who believes in the WHY behind our communication software. 

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Over 90% of small businesses fail in the first 3 years.

But Simon Sinek beat those odds with his own company, only to discover that something was missing when he hit year 4. He realized that all of his energy was wrapped up in pretending that he had everything under control, and pretending he was happier and more successful than he actually was.

That is when Simon came to understand that every single business or career follows the same pattern:

- We need to know what we do.

- We need to know how we do it.

- We need to know WHY we do it.

This begs the all-important question, do you know WHY you do what you do

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By David Hassell / 0

CEO Top 10 Leadership QualitiesWhether you are the CEO of a large and prosperous company or an employee whom others depend on, the qualities of true leadership are identical.

Leadership is often confused with authority, but a leader can be anyone at the company — even an entry-level employee. You can see the impact these key employees have on the productivity, effectiveness and morale of their colleagues and sometimes even their managers.

Cultivate these 10 leadership qualities in yourself and look for them in others. Not only will they help determine the overall success of your business, they can also allow you discover those with the potential to eventually ascend to more influential positions within your organization:

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By Cameron Herold / 0

Cameron Herold  is one of the most sought-after business minds in North America, the founder of BackPocketCOO, and the former COO at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Cameron is an author, speaker, executive coach, and beloved 15Five advisor.

Franchise Owners 5 Questions 15Five  

You poured your blood, sweat, and tears into creating a successful business. You built a brand, secured your intellectual property, and grew a healthy customer base. Are you going to just let someone take all of that away from you?

Franchising is not as sinister as all that. But it is a symbiotic relationship that requires trust, mutual agreement, and open communication. If your franchisees succeed, you will succeed. Period.

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By Elli Bishop / 0

5 apps every entrepreneur 15Five

As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly looking for ways to save money, boost productivity, and enhance efficiency. Many of the solutions you’re looking for are sitting in your pocket right now (ok, technically they’re in the app store). 

An infographic, based on a survey conducted by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, reveals every small business owner could save thousands of dollars each year and nearly 6 hours every week by leveraging mobile apps.

From the moment you wake until the time you close your laptop, here are five apps to help you maximize your professional and personal life.

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By David Hassell / 1

15Five Vitamins and Painkillers

While I was seeking our most recent round of fundraising, some investors passed on the opportunity stating that we are a “vitamin” and not a “painkiller”. I tried to explain that we are actually a communication tool, but the humor was lost along with the money.

The vitamin vs. painkiller dichotomy is a common metaphor in Silicon Valley, especially among venture capitalists. Despite the fact that the market for vitamins is 10X that of painkillers, many venture capitalists are convinced that it’s better to invest in a quick-fix problem-solver than a preventative measure.

Health care companies know that paying for preventative care equals more profits, because healthier patients need fewer costly interventions. Why can’t Silicon Valley see this same concept?

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By Jonathan Raymond / 0

Jonathan Raymond is VP of Marketing at EMyth, a coaching and online training firm that helps small business owners learn a different approach to running their businesses day-to-day through the right combination of mentoring, tools, and systems.


You’re always looking for new ways to grow. But the trap most owners fall into is that they spend too much time figuring what they’re going to do, and not enough on what they’re not. It’s the ‘secret ingredient’ to our 6 step planning process—the simplest way we know to figure out where you want to go and what needs to change to get there.

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By David Mizne / 0

Fastest Growing Companies

Yammer was sold to Microsoft for $1.2 Billion. 

Salesforce grew to $1 Billion in revenue in just 10 years.

Google…well, because Google.

All of these monoliths and other Inc. 500 and Fortune 100 companies practice management by objectives (MBOs) for goal-focused, company alignment. So what exactly is an MBO and how can it help you?

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