Igniting Insights: Leadership & Creativity with Sonya Jackson

Our next installment in our blog series - "Igniting Insights: Interviews on Profession & Purpose.” Our journeys are filled with diverse and inspiring travelers from around the country. In this series, we sit down with entrepreneurs, experts and creatives who have joined our journeys and get insider insights. In this installment, Sonya Jackson chats about leadership and creativity in both corporate America and beyond.

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6 Ways Ignite Develops Stronger Leaders and Teams

Ignite’s value proposition to our corporate partners is increased employee engagement, productivity and retention. We’ve orchestrated powerful journeys for 10 years, designed to connect, inspire and transform, while helping companies build a thriving and diverse culture. Our experiences cultivate emotionally intelligent leaders capable of driving critical business outcomes, and a nontraditional approach is core to our success.

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7 Employee Engagement Ideas That Work

Employees are a company’s greatest asset. Our people are critical to the success of our businesses. Forbes named 2018 the year of the employee experience, highlighting the importance of employee engagement, and yet effective strategies and solutions to this challenge can be rare and elusive. We recently asked corporate executives and HR leaders across a wide range of industries to share their most successful strategies and ideas for investing in employees.

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Guest Post: How Four Days In Mexico Transformed My Perspective on the Employee Experience

In the 25+ years I spent working in HR for both fortune 500 companies and small fast growing startups, we developed countless initiatives to engage and inspire our employees. Each time, however, we were unable to gain the momentum we’d hoped for. That’s why, when I heard of a company called Ignite that claimed to engage and inspire employees through international immersion trips, I was skeptical. Could these “purposeful journeys” (as they call them) really be the answer to the purpose gap that exists in the workplace?

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How Purpose Drives Our Company

Why defining your mission & values upfront provides employees' purpose & meaning in their work - we all want to contribute to the “Grand Human Drama.” When employees are connected to a company’s purpose and have meaning in their work, they perform better. Positive-psychology theorists suggest that a sense of purpose is a key indicator in understanding why some people thrive and others do not. This sense of purpose connects them more easily to others in the workplace, a major contributor to employee happiness.

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Igniting Insights: Start-Up Advice from Entrepreneur Kara Walsh

Our journeys are filled with diverse and inspiring travelers from around the country. In our "Igniting Insights: Interviews on Profession & Purpose” series, we'll sit down with entrepreneurs, experts and creatives who have joined our journeys and get insider insights. First up? Entrepreneur Kara Walsh shares marketing, partnership and travel advice she has gained from the launch of her company - No Small Plan.

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Key Steps on the Diversity Journey

Regardless of whether you are a small tech start-up or a fortune 500 company, addressing diversity and inclusion has become a necessity. Initially fueled by shifting demographics in the workforce, today most companies realize that creating a diverse team and an inclusive culture drives business results.  Creating a more inclusive culture requires facilitating experiences that allow your people to take meaningful steps forward on this journey.

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Stuck Between Study Abroad & Sabbatical

Travel has long been associated with enhanced creativity, improved intelligence, better health, and connection across cultures. For companies, it can also build the employer brand and support recruiting, reduce burnout, enhance productivity and build cultural fluency. Given the benefits of travel to employers and the enthusiasm from employees for continued global engagement, there is a clear ROI for companies to integrate travel into their employee experience.

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Invest in People. Not Employees.

The current advice surrounding how to engage employees complicates things. It makes it feel like there is some complex formula that goes into it - as if employees are some other life form that we can’t understand. What the advice seems to miss is the understanding that employees are simply human beings. They are people that have desires and needs beyond just being an ‘employee’. A job is simply part of the human experience, and a company’s role in this is to provide opportunities for people to thrive. That will never happen if we don’t start thinking of employees as more than numbers on a spreadsheet or an otherworldly life form needing to be ‘engaged’.

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