Thanks to Bruce, a management revolution has taken place at Joe’s Crab Shack.
Ray Blanchette, President and CEO, Au Bon Pain; President and CEO, Joe's Crab Shack (2007-2015)
Jul 6, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

From Bruce

Happy America’s Birthday Month!!!

June was a whirlwind of travel: Detroit, Richmond, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Miami, and Minneapolis! So I am grateful for a respite in July — a chance to reflect and… start my new book…

On July 26, I’ll be presenting a webinar for ATD: “Bringing Out the Best in Millennial Talent”. Follow the link for more information and to register.

Meanwhile, in June we returned to an old RainmakerThinking tradition: Our Survey Question of the Month. The question was: “What rewards do you value most in a job?” Check out the results below. And please take a minute to respond to our July question: “What is most difficult for you about your current job (pick up to three)”?

Stay strong!


CLICK HERE for the results of our June survey

CLICK HERE to take our July Survey


Check out the links below of interviews and articles featuring our work over the past month. As usual, most are very “how to” oriented pieces with tips and tools and techniques. I hope you find some useful takeaways!

Toronto Sun
Secrets to Managing Millennials
Who are Millennials at work? What do they want? And how can you manage them to success?
July 6, 2016

Convenience Store News
Recognize, Reinforce & Repeat for the Best Employees
After hiring the right team members, managing them, rewarding them and advancing their roles all play an important part in the retention process.
July 5, 2016

The Brave New World of HR: The top 10 learnings of 2015
Top 10 quotes of HR wisdom from 2015.
July 1, 2016

ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals
The Undermanagement Epidemic
What is the undermanagement epidemic, and how is it costing your organization?
June 28, 2016

Huffington Post Strong Leaders Series
The Leadership Wisdom of Sal DiFonzo
Featuring the leadership wisdom of FMI Corporation’s Managing Director of FMI Compensation, Sal DiFonzo.
June 28, 2016

Teach Old-Fashioned Basics to Bridge Gap in Soft-Skills Behaviors
What’s the key to building soft skills? Teaching the old-fashioned basics!
June 28, 2016

Employers Must Build Soft Skills Into Performance Management and Talent Development
If soft skills are important to your organization, you have to build them into your daily performance management.
June 23, 2016

Manufacturing Stories
Track Your Own Performance- And Use It To Get More at Work!
Tracking your own performance can lead to getting more rewards and recognition at work.
June 23, 2016

The Creative Group
What Gen Z Wants from Employers (In Their Own Words)
What does Gen Z want at work? Hear it from them!
June 21, 2016

RainmakerThinking Video Series
The ‘Numbers Problem’ – Workforce 2020
What will Workforce 2020 look like? Watch here to find out!
June 21, 2016

Manufacturing Stories
Understand What Is Expected of You
Get the requirements you need from your boss to truly succeed at work.
June 19, 2016

Men’s Fitness
Killer Intelligence
The ‘killer app’ when it comes to life and career? Staying up-to-date on current events.
June 17, 2016 Money
5 Retail Management Books You Should Own
Featuring my book, It’s Okay to Be the Boss
June 17, 2016

How to Teach Your Millennial Employees Common Sense
When it comes to common sense, Millennials seem to be lacking. Improve this soft skill!
June 16, 2016

Fast Company
Why Year-End Reviews Are a Big Fat Waste of Time
If the only feedback your employees get from you is in the form of a 6- or 12-month performance review, it’s time to change your approach to feedback.
June 16, 2016

Training Magazine
Teaching Self-Evaluation
Self-evaluation is a soft skill missing from today’s young talent, but you can teach them!
June 13, 2016

Manufacturing Stories
Manage Your Boss Every Day – The Basics of One-on-One Meetings
One-on-one meetings are the key to high-quality communication between supervisors and employees. Learn the basics.
June 10, 2016

Manufacturing Stories
Refuse to Be Undermanaged – It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss
If your boss isn’t stepping up as a highly-engaged leader, manage them!
June 8, 2016

New York Post
Want to hire more Millennials? Get creative with your benefits
Millennials are notorious for having a non-traditional view when it comes to employee benefits. How can you use them to engage this new young generation?
June 6, 2016
Millennials Are Afraid of Taking Risks
Millennials are more risk-averse than older genearations – but why?
June 6, 2016

RainmakerThinking Video Series
Generations in the 2016 Workforce [Video, 1:21]
Just how many generations are in the workforce today?
June 2, 2016

You Don’t Need to Be a Natural Leader
Many think they’re not management material because they’re not a “natural leader.” The truth is, you don’t need to be!
June 2, 2016

Three Ways to Help Millennials Better Manage Themselves
If you’re tired of managing Millennials – teach them to manage themselves!
June 2, 2016

Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Hire Around the Soft Skills Gap
Some managers might think they can hire just the right people to avoid dealing with the soft skills gap – why that’s false!
June 2, 2016

HR Magazine
How HR Can Help Middle Managers Succeed
Middle managers are often pulled in different directions by their superiors and subordinates. Neglect them at your peril.
June 1, 2016



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