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Perseverance Trumps Talent

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

Rising to the challenge has very little to do with skill or innate ability; rather it's tied to passion and perseverance.

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Motivational Speaker for NineStar Connect

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 @ 02:10 PM

On November 24, 2106, I was a funny motivational speaker for the NineStar Connect Utility Staff Appreciation event.

The Greenfield, Indiana-based utility company, closed down for several days and brought together over 100 staff members from electric linemen to marketing to customer service, management, engineering and more. The three days were mapped out to have each department job shadow and understand each others role.

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How to Build a Smarter Team

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 01:40 PM

Why are some leaders more capable than others? Motivational Speaker,  Liz Wiseman, who wrote the book, Multipliers, How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, has done some compelling reasearch to answer this question. 

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Teamwork: Collaborate when Teams are Spread Out

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 10:07 AM


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How Leadership has to Evolve to Drive Innovative Teams

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 02:29 PM

Funny Motivational speakerA good leader is decisive, energetic and forward thinking. He walks into a room and tells his team the ideas, goals and objectives they will be focusing on. 

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How to Own a Room

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 06:01 PM


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Leadership: Design Team around Solutions Not Power

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 01:27 PM

 Many people know they have to change but they also know it's really hard to do. Usually, we change when we have to, it becomes necessary. Groups are hard to change because we organize ourselves in traditional hierarchical structures because it's comfortable.

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Customer Service is Teamwork: Making Other People Look Good

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

Funny Motivational speaker, Bob Farrell suggests great service is non- negotiable. The only way you can have consistent service is to hire nice people who will treat others well (employees and customers). Farrel suggests you can't make a person be nice, instead you have to focus on hiring nice people. 

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Bust Through Job Boredom

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 07, 2016 @ 11:22 AM

It's may not be that you're bored with your job, it's that you're bored with the habits you have in your job. The same routine habits you engage in to get work done, may be keeping you from being alive, engaged, innovative and fully using your skills and knowledge.

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Employee Engagement : Chasing Excellence

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 04, 2016 @ 01:56 PM

The trouble with most recognition programs is they are not based on specific behaviors but become an entitlement of being employed. Employees start to take for granted that they will get certain perks for work they are supposed to do anyways.

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Sturgeon County Staff Collaboration Professional Development Day

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 01:40 PM

On November 17, 2016,  I am a motivational speaker for the Sturgeon County Staff Professional Development Day. Over 140 employees, managers and the Senior Leadership Team will attend the event.

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Boost Happiness

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 01, 2016 @ 10:47 AM

It takes courage to be happy. It's not hard to be a whining pile of flesh, who moans to get others attention. 

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