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Zane Safrit
I can help your company create customer evangelists, engaged employees and sustain or increase the positive cash-flows that result.
Interests: Small business solutions, networking in-person or with online social media, innovation, engaged employees, customer evangelists, college basketball, running.
Recent Activity
The fifth annual BlogPaws Conference happens May 8 - 10 at the Westin Lakes Hotel in Las Vegas. Kudos to Yvonne DiVita and BlogPaws' many cofounders, volunteers, pet owners, attendees ... community of pet enthusiasts who write about and support pets via social media. Yvonne announced the formation of BlogPaws ... some time in 2010, early enough to organize their first annual conference into a rousing success. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Zane Safrit
The problem with the term is its possessive use. Our employees, the employees, all of our... [corporate name]’s employees ... Our greatest asset ... the condescension in that phrase comes from its ownership. Assets are owned and have no life of their own except in that ownership. Along with Mungo, our greatest assets are pawns in the game of life, the company’s life, to be moved around from title to title, desk to desk, factory, city ... full-time, part-time. Yeah, I know. It’s tricky finding another term. We’re all busy. Who has the time to jump through the linguistic wordsmithing hoops to conjure a term that doesn’t sound nauseate the listener or reader with its pandering political correctness. Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Zane Safrit
But figuring out if you have an engaged or disengaged workforce takes one simple question: Do you trust your employees? via Interesting. I think a better one-question employee engagement test is this: Do your co-workers, colleagues, team members, partners,... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Zane Safrit
Each week I chronicle my training and results in preparation for my second marathon in 2014, sixth overall. This is my 6th week. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Zane Safrit
Short, frequent, and anonymous online surveys (as opposed to a long annual survey) give supervisors a better understanding of team dynamics and a sense of how the team believes customers’ experiences can be improved. What matters most, however, is not... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Zane Safrit
OK, so check this out: If you go to the various sports properties around the web, you may be targeted with an SAP banner. But when you click the banner or logo, you aren’t blindly taken to our corporate website... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Zane Safrit
via Working hard for something we love with those we love is called ... employee engagement. If you don't love the people you work with ... you're not going to engage. I'm not talking romantic, lustful, puppy-dog or How... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2014 at Zane Safrit
On Friday April 18, at 11:00 a.m. Central Kevin Allen will be a guest on my radio show. You can stream the show live or listen to it archived at this link. Kevin Allen, author of the Wall Street Journal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Ha! I skipped posting week 4. Why? I was tired. The whole week was less than a blue collar run. Slow pace, tired legs, no fire. None of it was much fun and I have low threshold for fun. Anything... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Let’s talk about money, the root of all evil and the elephant on the conference table with employee engagement. Maybe in employee engagement it is the root of all evil because it is the elephant on the conference room. No... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Leadership is an act of human empathy and generosity of spirit. When people know you understand their hopes and desires, and you make your connection clear to them and show confidence that you as a community can get there, they'll... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Zane Safrit
What if your company showed as much slavish devotion to exceeding your expectations as an employee, say ... by a factor of 10? Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Zane Safrit
You know that saying: As you sow, so shall you reap. It’s from the Bible; I googled the phrase. Back to the saying, As you sow, so shall you reap. Bear with me, we’re going to make a little leap... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Employee engagement is more than surveys and dashboards, casual Fridays and gift cards. Here are three ways everyone in your company can engage together, surprising and delighting each other. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Zane Safrit
If I can get players to reach their dreams then they’ll drag us along to our dreams. - John Calipari, Coach of University of Kentucky's men's basketball team. I heard Coach Cal say that this weekend. I liked it. What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Zane Safrit
A good week. Highlights include: Faster Workouts in the Gym: I need shorter and fewer breaks between exercises and sets. More Weights. We added 30 pounds for my squat reps. All good. Faster Pace. Saturday’s long run was only six... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Zane Safrit
I believe the majority of managers have this fantasy at some point. What if all these employees left? What if I didn’t have to deal with them? Meetings and issues, complaints and performance reviews or how to avoid them. All... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Zane Safrit
From: Corporate Communications, Corporate HQ To: Paul Hebert Re: employee engagement, surprise and delight CC: Paul Hebert’s Manager, Human Resource Director Dear Paul: It has come to our attention that you have shared questions regarding the corporate office and its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Zane Safrit
What’s in it for me? Why should I care? Why should I believe? We all ask ourselves those questions throughout our day. Even the most selfless person, the most altruistic, the Mother Teresa among us, will make decisions based on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Zane Safrit
And what a week it was. This was the first week where I worked with a personal trainer twice, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday: I ran 3 miles early in the morning, 10 minute pace, felt pretty good. Then I went... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Teams can sometimes be like little family units. We see each other every day, spending as much time (or more) together than we do with our biological families. We watch each other grow, develop and achieve -- so we're there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Zane Safrit
About half of businesses say they plan to train new hires this year, up from 39% in 2013, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder. "Training budgets that were diminished or nonexistent during the recession are starting to make a... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 10, 2014 at Zane Safrit
After ten days of recuperation doing nothing more than a few situps and miles of walking, I eased into some weights and cycling last week, then a few minutes of easy running. Here comes the first week of training for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Today's Employee Appreciation Day. Did you know and does it matter? If today's the only day you appreciate your employees, don't bother. If the only reason you appreciate your employees is because a random day on the calendar was designated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Dear Corporate Management, Well begun is half-done. Aristotle Aristotle was smart. Anyone who grows up in Plato’s Academy’s gotta be pretty smart, right? But Plato didn't use standardized tests or annual reviews, so who knows. Let's give him the benefit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Zane Safrit