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Time-wasting In Your Workplace?

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2017

How do you deal with people who waste a lot of time chit chatting and scanning social media, then complain about being too busy and that they can’t get all their work done?

In a 2016 survey from CareerBuilder, nearly 20% of bosses believe workers put in less than five hours of real work per day. That is a lot of wasted human capital! Half...

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Do You Know Why Your People Are Staying in Their Jobs?

Uncategorized Mar 23, 2017

Are your team members satisfied and engaged in their job? What does each one like about what they do? What do they avoid whenever possible? Are they overwhelmed with the amount of work they have, or are they bored to death? Are there ways that their job could work better for them? Do they see a future at your company? Do you see a future for...

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Employee Retention Begins on Day One

Uncategorized Mar 16, 2017

Do you remember your first day on the job?

What was it like? Was it structured around meetings, getting your computer password, getting your ID card? Did you get a tour through the facility and have a chance to meet with your team members to get to know them and so they can get to know you?

Or, were you shown your cubicle/desk and told...

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Organizational Alignment is the Key

Uncategorized Mar 02, 2017

When you go to work every day, what are you focused on?

First, naturally, your people. How are they doing personally? Do they have what they need? Are they on track with their projects? How can you help them succeed?

Second must be your organizational strategy. What larger goal are you trying to accomplish? Do you get really good and clear about...

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Are You Creating Boring Jobs?

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2017

As a leader, do you think about the jobs you hire people to do?

Study after study suggest that people want meaningful work that matters. When you think about it, that’s probably what you want too.  Let’s face it—no one wants to get up early every weekday and head to a job where they have little to do, or where what they do...

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Leaders Support Employee Development

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2016

What are you doing to expand the talents and skills of your people?

One of the main reasons people seek out other opportunities is because they are bored.  They have done this job forever, and simply can’t see themselves going through another year of more of the same. Or, they have tons of talent and are quick learners, and they have...

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Empathy Makes You a Better Leader

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2016

The work’s gotta get done…right?

As a leader, your two inputs for getting the work done is machines and people.  When dealing with machines, we all know that regular maintenance and updating is required so they don’t break down and prevent progress.  Easy, right?

What about your people?

Early psychologists liked to...

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Leaders Need to be Great Coaches

Uncategorized Nov 14, 2016

Are you a great coach?  Do you know when and how to help your direct report move forward on a project or correct course toward a goal?

You and your employee are a team.  You have assigned him or her a project that will get your entire team or organization closer to its goals. In that context, the two of you become a team working...

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Leaders are Courageous.

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2016

When things are going well at work and people are more or less getting their jobs done, things are pretty routine for most leaders.  It is when the shit hits the fan that we truly find out what leaders are made of and what their values are.

It’s when the organization is getting low on funds, or when the quarterly goals aren’t...

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Leaders Take Action

Uncategorized Aug 23, 2016

Leaders take action.

We all know the sayings: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”, and “You are measured by what you do, not what you say you will do”, and many other that illustrate that accomplishing something is what leadership is all about.

It’s a lot like exercise–it is easy to sit at our...

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