About

Tim is president and co-founder of Axero Solutions, a leading intranet software vendor. He's also a bestselling author of Who the Hell Wants to Work for You? Mastering Employee Engagement. Tim’s been featured in Fortune, Forbes, TIME, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNBC, Today, and other leading publications.

Axero
President & Co-founder
San Diego, California United States
Working together is presumably why people join a company, as opposed to striking out on their own. However, it doesn’t stop them from engaging in selfish and uncooperative behaviors once they are safely installed in their offices and cubicles.
Incompetent employees are every manager’s worst nightmare. Even one such individual can cost you your quarterly bonus. Can you imagine the pain of this being a systematic problem?
As you might suspect, I wrote a book on employee engagement. It’s called Who the Hell Wants to Work for You: Mastering Employee Engagement. Since the book came out, I’ve been talking to journalists who like to interview authors. I get the same question...
If fun at work comes from bonding with your team, seriousness comes from a sense of purpose. Which comes from bonding with another group of stakeholders—your customers.
Teams and organizations could avoid many circular and tangential conversations if everyone just shut up and listened to what everyone else had to say. But before you can help them help themselves, one thing needs to happen. Somebody needs to start list...
Knowing people is not the same as liking or trusting them—but it is a necessary first step. It’s just as important to know your coworkers as it is to know the software you use to do your job. And, while software is getting more intuitive every day, peo...
Why is it that many competent and brilliant people can’t get a job at Google? What’s special about intellectual humility and why is it hard to find? Can we learn this trait and teach it to others?
It’s a paradox: we are never so close to our dreams as when we think we’ve failed. Take it from the man who has failed as spectacularly as he has succeeded.
How do you get people to recognize your contributions, preferably on a daily basis? You don’t want to sit and wait for it, that’s for sure. But you may not want to blow your own horn either—or butter people up just to get a quid pro quo. Here’s a bette...
Getting started on something might seem like the hardest thing to do. Your brain resists it with all its might. You can’t argue with your brain; you will lose every time. But you can trick it. Here's how...
Whether they write code, save lives, or serve beer, managers always want employees to step on the gas. It’s a common problem that invites a common solution: pressure. However, if you over-rely on pressure, you may break things that are hard to fix—like...
If you are a manager, you carry a double responsibility for keeping yourself in high spirits and protecting your employees from unnecessary drudgery and fun-killing pressure. Here's why...
You want employees who love to work, not the ones who despise and avoid it. Part of the responsibility to love one’s work rests with the employee. However, there is a lot an employer can do to make the work rewarding and even addictive...
All of my friends, family, and many others have snubbed their noses at every single piece of advice I am about to give you, and you are welcome to do the same. Just know that it works...
Positive thinking is huge for any individual or company. Not fake positive. Real positive. If you’re not sure you can get to real positive, your first step is to sell yourself on positive thinking. This is how it’s happened for me.
Do performance goals help employees focus and deliver superior results? Or do they just add pressure and subtract motivation? Do they give meaning to our work or take it away?
For experiment’s sake, take a task you enjoy and often perform without being reminded—and set a deadline to it. Make it doable, but tight. Great. What happened to your motivation?
Taking pride in your work may sound like a stretch when you're assigned some mundane and miserable task. And, while some jobs come with more built-in glitz than others, any job can be uplifting or demoralizing, depending on who's doing it.
When asked about their biggest challenge at work, many managers responded—and one person screamed (using all caps)—"PEOPLE."
Once you remove software from the list of your biggest challenges at work, your people can focus on solving real problems. Here's how you can go about doing just that...
Sometimes it takes a Learning and Development Manager to point out that there’s no learning or development. So, what does a Learning and Development Manager do at a company that is stuck in a rut?
“Yes!” I thought when I found this brave little challenge in the sea of productivity and negativity complaints. Here’s a person, I thought, who is not out to brainwash and slave-drive her coworkers. But to refresh and entertain!
Who doesn’t like to chat? Complain about your problems. Brilliantly solve them for other people. Confirm your superior knowledge. You know there’s a ton of chatting going on in your company right now. You try to channel it into your brand new intranet,...
You’ve done your research. You’ve watched the demos. You’ve negotiated the deal. You’ve plowed through the installation. Now it’s about time management patted you on the back for all the ways a social intranet makes their lives easier and more fun. Wai...
A social intranet can and should completely transform the way companies talk to employees. Because it does something no other platform can do. It captures all three streams of communication in real time.
Now that everyone who reads my blog can find their files, it’s time to ask the next question. What do you do with those files? And, more importantly, where do you do it?
I am a huge believer in solving everyday micro-challenges for the simple reason that this stuff adds up. Which is why I will answer this researcher’s call for help with everything I know about finding your work files...
Employees concerned about using all of their technical abilities are not the slacker types. They have the potential of being the brightest stars in their field. So, what can you do when they're not feeling they are using their best skills?