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Why Do Trader Joe's Cashiers Stay for 19 Years?

Why Do Trader Joe’s Cashiers Stay for 19 Years?

By David Harder on the December, 10, 2019

Employee engagement issues tend to be on full display in the grocery industry.   Ralph’s has a superstore within 50 yards of our front door. The employees are hairy, sweaty, and the men are worse. Kidding aside, the place is so disengaged that customers feel like intrusions. Most of the […]


How Can We Have So Much and Be So Soft?

How Can We Have So Much and Be So Soft?

By David Harder on the December, 4, 2019

I have always been able to have conversations with friends and family members with differing political views by connecting with the morals, values, and ethics that live above politics. You know, the ones that all of us used to remember as the ideals behind our American spirit. We treasured characteristics […]


How's Your Vision?

How’s Your Vision?

By David Harder on the December, 3, 2019

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”   Chuck Chamberlain – A New Set of Glasses   In the event that […]


Just When is it Time to Let Go of the Old World of Work?

Just When is it Time to Let Go of the Old World of Work?

By David Harder on the November, 30, 2019

Many of us have had jobs that were richly rewarding only to turn sour from change beyond our control?   It is impossible to count the number of conversations where someone tells me they wished they saw the writing on the wall more quickly.   It’s just basic human nature […]


Four Days That Will Build Extraordinary Gratitude in Your Life

Four Days That Will Build Extraordinary Gratitude in Your Life

By David Harder on the November, 25, 2019

Thanksgiving is indeed my favorite holiday. Even the title captures the spirit of giving and growing and experiencing new versions of ourselves.   There is a strange myth about giving. Unless our giving is “selfless” than it isn’t enough. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of my activities […]


The Speech John F Kennedy Was About to Give on the Day He Died

The Speech John F Kennedy Was About to Give on the Day He Died

By David Harder on the November, 19, 2019

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy   I grew up in a little dirtbag town with adoptive violent and evangelical parents. In that environment, I remember watching JFK get elected […]


Want Employee Engagement? Join the Marines!

Want Employee Engagement? Join the Marines!

By David Harder on the November, 18, 2019

“Someone who practices courage will take immediate action while someone who is trying to become fearless will be on the 5th self-help book.”   The sole purpose of a democracy is to make everyone relevant. If a CEO ever hopes to solve the employee engagement challenge, then he or she […]


Why Active Learners Own the Future of Work

Why Active Learners Own the Future of Work

By David Harder on the November, 11, 2019

Accelerating change is impacting virtually every worker, employer, and business owner.   Accelerating change is making many highly educated individuals functionally illiterate.   For example, in the last few years, thousands of associate attorneys didn’t envision that Legal Zoom, a cheap digital platform with a simple interface would eliminate big portions of […]


What is An Engagement CEO?

What is An Engagement CEO?

By David Harder on the November, 7, 2019

According to Gallup, only 13% of the world’s workers are engaged. How are we getting anything done?   Well, we are doing it in a trance. The numbers around employee engagement are so bad that odds are high many CEOs are also disengaged. People’s rank has absolutely nothing to do with […]


Coach or Therapist?

Coach or Therapist?

By David Harder on the November, 6, 2019

When we launched Inspired Work in 1990, the coaching profession was in its infancy. Today, the coaching industry generates about $2billion in revenue every year. In short order, coaches not only disrupted the therapeutic profession, but it also ran off with many of their most affluent clients. In Europe, seeing […]


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