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Build in some morale with the Halloween candy this year

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 29th, 2009    No Comments

Want a sure-fire, low-cost way to raise morale at the office? Celebrate Halloween at the office this year.  It’s an inexpensive, fun way to build up the team morale, improve the atmosphere at work, and have some fun in the workplace.  F. John Reh writes on with regard to this same topic.  Read the full article here.

As I was saying last week to the HR Managers at their RWHRMA October meeting, it doesn’t take much to improve morale and boost the energy of your employees.  To help celebrate the occasion, invite your employees to dress up and give an award for the best costume and another award for best decorated door or cubicle entrance.  The award can be a simple certificate printed off the computer.  How about a covered dish lunch where your staff brings in their best spooky treat?  Or a pumpkin carving contest?  You can trick or treat from office to office to see other team members that you ordinarily wouldn’t converse with on a daily basis.

All of these ideas are low or no- cost options to boost the level of fun in the workplace, build some team morale, and enjoy the holiday!

Leadership Initiatives for HR Managers: Revving Up During Down Times

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 27th, 2009    No Comments

Note. This is Part 1 of a two-part discussion on how HR can make themselves a strategic partner to the business via compelling initiatives designed to lift morale, energize the workplace, and resultantly increase revenue.

Following are some low-cost/no-cost ways to up the morale during this down economy, thereby upping both productivity and the revenue. For remaining 22 fool-proof ideas along with 7 Mistakes Managers Make During a Downturn Economy, email for the rest of the ways to rev up morale.

  1. Get rid of  “subordinates” – call your employees Teammates instead.
  2. TRANSPARENT, open and honest – how much? GIVING Bad news better than no news
  3. Periodically hold a Q and A session with senior team members and invite everyone – decide meeting space based upon how many sign up to be there.
  4. Consider Going Virtual on Fridays or whatever time frame your particular system can support.
  5. Food always feels nurturing, so offer donuts or pastries or chips when there are gatherings.
  6. Barter/trade when possible with vendors–clean trade/ zero funds
  7. Tell those in customer service to say, “My pleasure” rather than “No problem.”
  8. Good news notice board /compliments clients, photos having fun, newspaper clippings
  9. Hiring – offer lower wage during probationary period. (Research Georgia Works Program)
  10. Be on the lookout for articles with tips for specific departments and forward them on in order to position yourself as a strategic partner to the business.

Note. Be on the lookout for Part 2, which will address how HR team players can create buy-in once they have decided which of the 39 initiatives (of which 10 are presented here) they wish to introduce in their quest to make HR a strategic partner to the business.

TLT raises over $2400 for Walk 4 Hearing

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 15th, 2009    No Comments

On Saturday, Oct 3, The Leadership Trust® team walked in the annual fundraiser event sponsored by the NC Hearing Loss Association.  Our team raised over $2400 for hearing loss research.  We raised enough money to propel Doc Holly to the #1 spot for the entire state of North Carolina!  To learn more about how you can contribute to this great cause, please click here.

The Leadership Trust Team

Thank you to all who contributed!!  Hearing loss affects over 32 million Americans, and improving awareness of such an important cause is near and dear to our hearts.  We are looking forward to next year!

Effective change happens one step at a time

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 13th, 2009    No Comments

I lost 18 pounds in the past month and a half,” writes Peter Bregman, contributor to the Harvard Business Review Blog.  After reading many diet books, Bregman found that changing one thing and one thing only in his diet, made a huge impact on the weight he wanted to lose.  He cut out sugar.

Likewise, the same principle can be applied to leadership programs.  Bergman proposes that leadership programs need to focus on one thing to be successful.  He was approached by a Fortune 100 client to help design a new leadership training program for them because their current one- an elaborate plan with many years of training in it- wasn’t giving the results they wanted.  Bergman applied the same simplicity principle to their leadership program- focus all your efforts on the one piece that is most critical and forget the rest.  Read the full article here.

The Leadership Trust® has already simplified leadership training.  We are focused on one thing- you.  That is why we call it the Personalized Leadership Development Program™.  It is not a one-size-fits-all kind of program; it can’t be if you are going to get permanent positive results based upon your unique needs and goals.  Subsumed within this program is our Self-Awareness Workshop, because if you don’t know you can’t fix, and many of our graduates tell us how surprised they are to learn aspects of how they are perceived by others.  Secondly, those who may have a fairly good sense of their leadership challenges admittedly just don’t know how to change it.  When you return to work with a real-life tangible action plan, you will be positively changing, one step at a time, your work efficiency, your leadership prowess, and your interactions with others.

Because we get at root cause, your experience with us will also positively impact your home life- after all, wherever you go, there you are!  Spend some time with us, and we’ll help you go from where you are now to where you want to be!  Contact Us for more information or to register for a program.

How Women Strengthen Companies

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 8th, 2009    No Comments

Harvard Business Review Blog author, Sylvia Ann Hewlett writes, “In researching my forthcoming book, Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down, we found that in the wake of last year’s financial crash, high-powered women were more than twice as likely as men- 84 percent compared with 40 percent- to be seriously thinking [of] jumping ship.  And when the head and hear are out the door, the rest of the body is sure to follow.”

Hewlett goes on to write about the benefits of having women in management helps prevent group-think, opens lines of communication with direct managers, and thinking and acting strategically for their careers.  Intel has created specialized workshops for their most “at-risk population: mid-level female engineers.”  Read the full article here.

It is apparent that having a balance of both genders in the workplace is important to the success of any organization.  Maintaining and retaining the best talent, whether men or women, is always and important piece of a strategic mission.  The Leadership Trust® can help by providing customized group training events to help prevent the loss of great talent in your organization.  Contact Us today about customized-to-your-needs programs.  We can help your team of men and women unleash their full potential!

The Other Bill Clinton

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 6th, 2009    No Comments

When the boss asks you to come in on a weekend for a big project your department is working on, what is your response?  “Sorry, but I have my son’s soccer game.  I can’t do it.”  Or, “My daughter’s birthday is this weekend, I won’t be able to come in.”

That was Bill Clinton’s response when he was approached by VP Al Gore about some light days on his calendar after failing to attend an APEC economic summit.  When questioned by Gore, Clinton’s response showed to what degree his role as father to Chelsea would take precedence- he was going to help her with her college exams.  Read the full story here.

We all strive to create an appropriate balance between work and home, a balance between our professional obligations and our personal devotion to our families.  It’s often a challenging road determining whether our balance either sacrifices family or over-indulges them.  We are interested in your opinion if Clinton’s commitment to his daughter for college exams was appropriate or not.

The Leadership Trust is known to offer professional development through personal development and has helped many professionals determine how best to create this balance.  Our graduates tell us that they leave with a peaceful knowingness that was not there before regarding this balance.  This intuitive feel you develop is the result of making a connection between your head and your heart and is an important factor in being more productive and efficient at work so you don’t have to go in on Saturday, big project or not.

When you are at peace about what is the right thing to do with time spent between work and home, your communication is open and honest, and your team is more motivated, thereby making the work experience less laborious.  People are therefore bound to be happier both at work and at home.  And isn’t that what life is all about anyway?

Dr. Latty-Mann transcends challenges of severe hearing loss, works to reduce stigma

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on October 1st, 2009    No Comments

Durham- Dr. Holly Latty-Mann, CEO and co-founder of The Leadership Trust®, an organization dedicated to personalized leadership and self awareness development and training, will lead a team to support the inaugural North Carolina Walk4Hearing on Saturday Oct 3, at the Imperial Center in Durham.  Latty-Mann’s team raised over $2000 for the cause and she has shared her plight as a business executive who has triumphed over the daily challenges of severe hearing loss.

Seventeen years ago, Latty-Mann awoke one morning to a hearing quality that was equal to seeing only blurry-gray.  She had just arrived at Kent State to start her post doctorate in clinical psychology.  Diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, she was categorized in the severe hearing loss category, and was fitted with hearing aids.  Through the challenges of living in a world of warped sounds, Latty-Mann says her hearing loss has been an undeniable gift in several surprising ways, allowing her to excel in her professional and personal life.

“We are constantly striving to make hearing loss an issue of larger awareness,” said Latty-Mann.  “I hope that by sharing my story, others are inspired and motivated to support this cause that impacts nearly 32 million people in this country.  The funds raised at the Walk4Hearing will help people who are hearing “blurry-gray” but cant’ afford what most people tend to take for granted, adequate hearing.”

The Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina (HLA_NC) is the organizer of the Walk4Hearing event.  There is no registration fee to participate.

HLA_NC President, Michael Eury, praised Latty-Mann and The Leadership Trust team for their efforts.  “The more voices we have to advocate and work towards the goal of reducing the stigma and educating people about hearing loss, the better.  Dr. Latty-Mann’s story is truly inspirational and in her personal and professional life she is able to help others realize how a positive shift in the way we perceive misfortunes can be life changing,” Eury said.

For more information about the Walk4Hearing and the Hearing Loss Association, please visit this site.

About The Leadership Trust

Founded in 1998, The Leadership Trust is an organization dedicated to support on a global basis the creation, the development and implementation of highly effective, high integrity leadership serving the ultimate well-being of persons everywhere.  Lead by co-founder and CEO Dr. Holly Latty-Mann, The Leadership Trust offers personalized leadership and self-awareness development and training programs with a focus on emotional intelligence incorporating the mind, body, emotions, and spirit.  The organization also provides customized on-site consulting services with tailored programs to address both company and individual needs and goals.  For more information about The Leadership Trust, visit