Listen to author Judith W. Umlas' Interview Click here to play this episode Click here to listen to previous episodes Click here to subscribe on iTunes Click here for the RSS feed (non iTunes) Over the last several years, I've been particularly engaged in trying to help teams and work-groups become more productive. Unfortunately, many of the practices we traditionally utilize to hopefully inspire and motivate employees not only don't work, they inhibit and de-motivate (if that's even a word) people. Some of the guys I ride motorcycles with would likely think this is a little "mushy" if they were to listen, but I'm convinced the evidence of numerous studies (many I have written about over the years) suggest how we interact with employees is critical to whether or not we are successful in fostering an environment where they are engaged and contributing at a high level. Part of today's podcast includes what the U.S. Army is doing in this regard and I doubt there are many people who would call them "mushy" or "touchy-feely." If you interested in learning more about the 5 Cs you can email Judy at judy(dot)umlas(at)iil(dot)com.