Kevin Sheridan

God Bless You -Do You Know The Origin Of This Phrase?

Kevin Sheridan

Do You Know The Origin Of This Term? Given the current Covid – 19 Pandemic, there is heck of a lot more sneezing going on. As a result, there are many more “God Bless You” prayers/blessings being said. The origin of this phrase is more than a bit fascinating.

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Unemployment Rates Fall. What Does That Mean?

Kevin Sheridan

Shutdowns will inevitably cause job loss and with the lockdown of almost all the country earlier this year, tracking unemployment rates is more important than ever. This begs the question; how do you quantify unemployment? There are two common ways to track unemployment, U-3, and U-6.

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There Is Always A Workaround: The Importance Of Improvisation

Kevin Sheridan

When the regular audience was stranded at home due the pandemic, the UceLI Quartet improvised, playing Puccini’s ‘I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) to 2,292 plants in Barcelona, Spain.

Virtual Leadership

Kevin Sheridan

How To Transform A Manager Who Is Still Opposed To Virtual Work. Even with the massive workplace changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic, do you still have “old school” Senior Leaders who refuse to allow people to work from home (WFH) or acknowledge that it’s a viable option for running a business?

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

Zoom Calls Gone Wrong

Kevin Sheridan

The 13 Great Tips For Zoom Etiquette My, my, my, how our work world has changed. Who would have thunk it? The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all of us into one Zoom meeting after another. So much so that it has created a whole new work phrase: Zoom Fatigue.

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Employee Engagement Has Plummeted

Kevin Sheridan

Here Are The Three Main Reasons Why. Covid-19 has forced most organizations to adapt to changing work environments, while trying to sustain healthy levels of employee engagement. It has not been easy.

We’re All In This Together

Kevin Sheridan

I am extremely proud to say that my old company, HR Solutions, Inc., was the first research firm to prove there is a near-perfect correlation between employee engagement and diversity & inclusion.

God Bless You

Kevin Sheridan

Do You Know The Origin Of This Term? Given the current Covid – 19 Pandemic, there is heck of a lot more sneezing going on. As a result, there are many more “God Bless You” prayers/blessings being said. The origin of this phrase is more than a bit fascinating.

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We Live In A World Where Reality TV Is Fake, But Fake News Is Real

Kevin Sheridan

8 Proven Ways to Spot Fake News Do you have your B.S. Radar turned on? In today’s digital and multi-media age, the ability of identifying “fake news” and false information could never be more important. Underscoring the importance of this skill is social media’s effect on accelerating the spread of false information.

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Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Why Your Learning Programs Need To Embrace Diversity & Inclusion

Kevin Sheridan

The lessons learned about A Culture Of Learning from when I was kidnapped as a child and brought to an American Indian Reservation.

If you could choose to live 10 other people’s lives (living or deceased), who would they be?

Kevin Sheridan

I recently had an interesting exchange with my good friend and business partner, Don MacPherson of 12 Geniuses asking him if he could live 10 people’s lives (living or deceased) who would they be? I also shared with him my top ten: Jesus Paul McCartney Mahatma Gandhi Madonna Vince Lombardi Winston Churchill Mother Teresa Nelson Mandela Pope John Paul Reinhold Messner Like me, Don is a Big Brother. In fact, he and his Little Brother Shakeel were matched in 2003 and are still friends today.

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Bridging The Gap

Kevin Sheridan

Like the pandemic was not enough for us to deal with? For real? Then the killings and the protests occurred. Having grown up as one of the few white people on an American Indian Reservation, I have an acute sensitivity to issues of diversity, inclusion, and race. My sensitivity was and is especially profound since I was beaten up every day at the Tribal School I attended simply because of the color of my skin.

Have a Manager who is opposed to virtual work in spite of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Kevin Sheridan

Do you have “old school” Senior Leaders who still refuse to allow people to work from home (WFH) in spite of the current Coronavirus Pandemic? Believe it or not, many people still do. If so, is there a way to coach them to “see the light?” Maybe, or maybe not. But here’s your best shot for winning them over. As mentioned frequently in the recent press, the clear evidence about the health benefits of telecommuting is very compelling.

eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

Seizing The Opportunity To Manage Your Work And Life.

Kevin Sheridan

I abhor victimhood. Sadly, far too many people embrace it, both in their workplace and the way they live their lives. Two Sundays ago, I saw Reese Witherspoon interviewed on CBS News Sunday Morning and was so impressed with her approach to work and life: “I am my own lottery ticket.” Wow. Reese’s quote and choice really resonated with me and was/is especially impressive given the fact that Reese was sexually assaulted by a movie director when she was 16 years old.

Good News and Feedback Survey

Kevin Sheridan

Over the course of the last few years I have written and posted almost 150 blogs. I have invested a lot of time and effort into continually improving both my website and blog, and am therefore very proud to announce that I was recently featured on Feedspot’s “Top 100 Corporate Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020” ( [link] ). It feels rewarding to be recognized as #41 in the world, especially since the list is dominated by major corporations and their corporate blogs.

How a Leonardo da Vinci etching turned into a Rembrandt.

Kevin Sheridan

Decades ago, my Father placed a bid at a charity auction for a piece of artwork. He was told that this particular etching was created by Leonardo da Vinci. He won the bid and brought the artwork home. In his typical colorful fashion, he hung the da Vinci in his bathroom, where it resided until my Dad’s passing. Upon becoming the new owner of this etching, I carefully looked for proof that it was indeed a real da Vinci piece of artwork.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”  – Sir Winston Churchill

Kevin Sheridan

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” – Sir Winston Churchill Coronavirus. Pandemic. Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Do I shower today? Unprecedented times. Work from home (WFH). Remote workers. Virtual work. Who would have thought these words would be so frequently used by our worldwide lexicon?

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Why Not Leverage Kevin Sheridan’s Over 71,000 Contacts In His Newsletter?

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan regularly sends out his newsletter to over 71,000 people in his database. These people hold prestigious and powerful positions, including: CEO, COO, Chief Human Resource Officer, Human Resources Director, Employee Relations Director, Organizational Development Consultant, Talent Management Manager, Manager, Supervisor, Associate, and more. Furthermore, Kevin Sheridan’s content is regularly streamed on the following popular media outlets depicted above.

The Business Case for Remote Work

Kevin Sheridan

According to Harvard Business Review , 40% of the existing worldwide workforce are virtual workers (people who work remotely). This is trending upward and will continue for several important reasons. First, a remote work policy facilitates a powerful way to attract top talent, especially Millennials and Gen Z, the two generations who value autonomy and scheduling flexibility the most. To quote Bob Dylan, “The times they are a changing,” and organizations need to change with them.

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Giving Thanks And Paying It Forward: Powerful Tools Of Employee Engagement.

Kevin Sheridan

After one of my recent Keynote Speeches in Boston, one attendee came up to me and put her hand on my arm, looked me in the eyes, and said: “I had to come up and thank you. I saw you speak here last year and you changed my life. Truly. Based on your advice about the importance of having pride and passion in one’s work, I changed my job. I am now passionate about what I do and prideful about where I work. I left a terrible marriage. I started working out daily. I’ve lost 41 pounds.

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The Top 10 Mistakes Made by New Hires: An Onboarding Checklist on what NOT to do

Kevin Sheridan

We know that starting a new job can be a bit overwhelming and mistakes can be made, especially in the first month when new hires are still getting the lay of the land. And whether or not it’s fair, judgements are made about new employees—often very quickly. So, if you’re new to your role or you know someone who is, here is an onboarding checklist of 10 mistakes to avoid. Not showing up early enough.

Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

The 6 Secrets To Delivering A Successful Sales Pitch

Kevin Sheridan

You arrive at a big prospective customer’s office and are escorted to their largest conference room. So where and how do you begin your sales pitch? Follow the six tactical tips below and you will more than likely land the client as your newest customer: 1. Recognize that it is not about you. It is about them. So many salespeople make the mistake of starting their sales pitch with a background on themselves and their company. A big mistake.

Funny HR Stories

Kevin Sheridan

During one of my recent keynote speeches, a member of the audience asked me to share the funniest or most unusual story about Human Resources management I had ever heard in my 35 years as management consultant. I included one below, but I thought it would be fun to invite my newsletter subscribers to share their funny HR stories. If you need a good laugh, these stories won’t disappoint!

Top Five Benefits of Having Great Office Coffee

Kevin Sheridan

Guest post from Olivia Moore, co-writer at Fourth Estate Coffee. Reaching the workplace through the rush hour traffic impacts your freshness. Feeling worn down before you even begin work is not an ideal way to start your day. Be it an imminent deadline or an important meeting, having a cuppa coffee is a great way to begin your day. Before you even take a sip of the coffee, the fascinating aroma that wafts from the cup gives your senses a soothing feeling.

The Four Key Characteristics Of Successful Public Speakers

Kevin Sheridan

On the heels of delivering many of my Keynote Speeches, I am often asked what traits make a public speaker successful, which is what inspired this blog. After extensive research and pondering my 12 years of keynote speaking experiences, here are the four top traits of the most successful public speakers: 1. They exude confidence. No one wants to see a nervous and emotionally anxious speaker at the front of the room.

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How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

Three Myths About Employee Engagement

Kevin Sheridan

At many of the conferences where I am a keynote speaker, I have encountered several large myths and inaccuracies purported and communicated about Employee Engagement. It is sad to me that managers and executives may be taking errant action plan steps based upon these inaccuracies and mistruths. Hence, the purpose of this blog is to correct these myths and share the truth. Myth #1: 65% of Workers are Disengaged. Not true.

11 Things You Need to Know About Generation Z

Kevin Sheridan

Millennials, Millennials, Millennials. Very much in line with Millennials’ insatiable desire for recognition, it seems like the last ten years of articles, videos, and speeches, were all about Millennials. As the first surge of Generation Z enters the workplace, organizations may be surprised at how different they are from Millennials (also known as Generation Y).

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22 Tactical Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Kevin Sheridan

Fear of public speaking is a very common form of anxiety. It can range from sweaty palms, shaky hands, a blushed face, a quivering voice, or a stomach tied in knots, to outright panic. But by using the following proven public speaking tips, you can not only overcome your public speaking anxiety, but also deliver high-quality and memorable presentations. Passionately know and fully understand your topic.

Leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility for Employee Engagement

Kevin Sheridan

I recently had the honor of giving the Opening Keynote at The Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida. In their words, “The Doolittle Institute has the privilege of providing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to thousands of underserved students, many of them military personnel. These hands-on programs include robotics, coding, computer-aided design, managing job stress, time management, and others.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

Luck is Largely Misunderstood.

Kevin Sheridan

Oftentimes when seeing some type of positive outcome, people tell someone “You are so lucky,” when in fact the outcome had nothing to do with luck. I’ll be honest. When someone says it to me, it really bugs me, especially since most of the things I have accomplished in my life were earned through hard work, perseverance, perspiration, drive, and passion. None of my achievements and successes were “given” to me through luck.