December 31, 2015 by Jeff Edwards
A common topic of conversation at QIC (and probably in your world, too) this week is how difficult it is to believe we’re turning the page on yet another year. Yes, it went by so fast. Yes, it was such a blur. Yes, when we were children time seemed to pass slowly. Yes, the older we get the faster time passes.
While this seems true, I suspect it has more to do with our personal and professional responsibilities (life happens) and less to do with the earth’s rotation. As a youngster in Ringgold, Georgia (GO TIGERS) the school days seemed to last forever and summer breaks stretched on and on!
For many the New Year brings a time of reflection, recognition and resolution – and a desire to make the coming year even better than the previous one. This often results in the formulation of resolutions – a list of desired improvements or achievements. While I do recognize the value of this, consider the following before you finalize your list of New Year’s resolutions.
- Be balanced in your assessment of the past and don’t focus entirely on the negative. I’m glad that New Year’s Day is closely preceded by Thanksgiving and Christmas – two holidays that bring perspective about the meaningful aspects of our lives. Be positive when drafting a list of goals or resolutions.
- Be fair to yourself. Set reasonable, obtainable and measureable goals (sounds a lot like incentive program design).
- Limit the number of resolutions. Prioritize and focus on one or two things instead of eight or ten.
- Assess progress each day and adjust as needed.
Like most, 2015 has been a challenging yet rewarding year for QIC, and we thank you for your support throughout. On behalf of the entire QIC team, best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2016!
December 28, 2015 by Rob Miklas
It seems hard to believe, but the QIC Blog is approaching its third anniversary. Since its launch in 2013, my colleagues and I have enlightened you (or so we like to think) with over 150 posts, covering a wide range of topics related to recognition and incentive programs. We certainly hope that you have taken… Read more »
December 23, 2015 by Jeff Edwards
2015 happens to mark the 75th anniversary of the official Daisy Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model BB gun. So it’s only fitting as we close in on another Christmas Holiday that we re-post last year’s offering entitled A Safety Story. From all of us at QIC, we wish you and yours a wonderful… Read more »
December 22, 2015 by Brant Dolan
The holiday season causes me to think about how we express gratitude and appreciation, both personally and professionally. It’s important to show our appreciation to those who make daily contributions that enrich our lives at home and in business. It’s also fitting to do this during the giving season. Just make sure you aren’t “seasonal”… Read more »
November 25, 2015 by Jeff Edwards
With Thanksgiving upon us I sincerely wish you a day of reflection and peace, along with the opportunity to express gratitude to those that mean so much to you. Just do it – and you and they will be better for it! As Lynette Silva (Recognize This!) points out, expressing gratitude makes us want to… Read more »
November 20, 2015 by Rob Miklas
I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the phrases “peeling back the onion” and “the devil is in the details” – either in those exact words or something similar. While some may regard those phrases as clichéd or overused, I think that they have valuable implications for the incentive industry. To help understand… Read more »