Tag Archives: team building

Learning, Growing, Developing…at your Fingertips

Does your team have a specific need that you aren’t sure how to address?

Are you looking to spend meaningful time creating shared knowledge and culture?

Perhaps you just want to spend some quality time with your team learning and growing together?

We now have the option of providing several Franklin Covey courses as self-paced, on-demand learning opportunities.  These micro-learning courses can be used for skill reinforcement, leader-led training or as a standalone learning option.

Courses are short and  self-paced, and many contain interactive activities, assessments and tools.   All may be completed in person or virtually!


Topics fall under these general themes:

  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Execution
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Managing Change
  • Performance Management
  • Personal Productivity
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Talent Development
  • Trust/Integrity
  • Vision/Purpose

Email us at developu@smu.edu  to learn more about these new learning options and how they can become part of your team’s strategy for success!

5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

According to the Gallup Organization’s latest report the numbers for employee engagement have barely moved since they started tracking engagement numbers in 2000.

Engagement is defined as being involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to the employee’s work and workplace.  Gallup goes further to suggest the world is in a state of crisis with employee engagement and that in the United States, employee engagement is only at 32%!

The connection between engagement and appreciation

Employees need to know that the work they do is important and that it is appreciated by those around them.
Without a sense of feeling valued engagement decreases, negativity increases, and general apathy sets in.  You may have observed the resulting behaviors:

  • arriving late to work
  • calling in sick repeatedly
  • increased complaining
  • negative conversations with others
  • delivering less than stellar work
The Five Languages of Appreciation Training

Do you recognize these behaviors with your team or want to prevent them from getting there?

Contact HR about bringing the 5 Languages of Appreciation training to your team!

You will learn the 5 languages, how to deliver authentic appreciation, and ways to ensure that appreciation, when shared, hits the mark as intended, instead of falling short.

Email us at DevelopU@smu.edu or call Mary Stall directly at 8-2194.

Read the full engagement report:  The Worldwide Employee Engagement Crisis