Is it better to be feared than loved? Most leaders today would thankfully answer loved. However, when Niccolò Machiavelli posed the question nearly 500 years ago, things may have been different. Despite companies’ sentiments that they prefer “loved,” many corporate cultures still feed on fear. The problem is that some leaders either don’t recognize or refuse to…

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Do you ever feel underappreciated at work? According to O.C. Tanner, the world’s leading employee recognition company, only 12 percent of employees say they receive frequent appreciation for their work. When people are appreciated, studies show, they work harder, produce better-quality work, remain with the company longer, and feel more positive about their employer. Based…

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Wal-Mart employs 1% of America, 2.2 million people worldwide. The largest retailer in the world, its employee head count is larger than the population of several small countries. Recently, Wal-Mart reported earnings per share of $1.00 versus expectations of $.96, according to Thomson Reuters analysts; revenue of $117.5 billion; 1.4% growth in U.S. same-store sales;…

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