• The Psychology of Workplace Celebration

    Leaders have many roles: strategist, competitive analyst, resource-allocator, priority-setter and, of course, coach.

    We’ve always heard one of the most effective way to build and lead teams is by setting a great example.

    It’s true.

    Who cannot be impressed by all those great photos of legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, late in his career, beer in hand, fully engaged in conversation with junior high-potential GE leaders?

    There is fascinating research to support the value of the leader-as-example-setter-in-chief. The research is published by Robert Cialdini in his recently updated classic, Influence; and explored in his website, Influence at Work. (Full disclosure: I’ve long believed Dr. Cialdini’s Influence is the first text any aspiring leader or marketer should read.)

    Influence examines many of the our basic instincts and how they are used in practice by businesses to affect (influence) others’ decisions.


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  • gThankYou! Wins Award from Management Guru Tom Peters

    Our Team would like to give a hearty gThankYou! to management guru Tom Peters! We’re regular readers of Tom’s blog and work hard to make gThankYou a company that would make Tom proud. Full disclosure confession: I’ve been a huge fan since In Search of Excellence was excerpted in Business Week in 1980.


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  • 5 Fantastic Turkey Burger and Sandwich Recipes

    It’s grilling season! Here in the Upper Midwest, the floods are finally receding and the grills are coming out. Every evening I smell neighbors cooking outdoors…and it makes my mouth water.

    At gThankYou, we are turkey fanatics — and we sell a lot of Turkey Gift Certificates. So, we’re always excited when we can introduce great new recipes to our customers.

    We’ve found five recipes for turkey burgers and turkey sandwiches we think you’ll love. In a week or so, we’ll post them to our website Recipe Section where you’ll find another dozen or so turkey burgers, too.


    And be sure to post your comments along with your favorite turkey burger and sandwich recipes right here.


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  • The Power of “Thank You”

    Here at gThankYou we believe in the power of “Thank You” in the workplace. In fact, it’s critically important.

    Many of us spend half of our waking days at work. We must find meaning and joy and personal growth in our work. If we don’t, it’s drudgery. It is essential for leaders to create real meaning in people’s work-lives. Often leaders make it more difficult than it really is.

    OK. So what’s one easy way to bring meaning to work? Give up? It’s to say “thank you” often. Not just “thanks” or “I appreciate that”, say it forcefully, look someone in the eye and really mean it.

    Yeah, I know this is simplistic and sappy and something your mother taught you.But, the truth is this: many business leaders don’t do it.

    But Harvey Mackay does.

    Harvey Mackay is one of my favorite business gurus. He is insightful, successful, entertaining — and on target. I read his column every week.


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