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Leaders ALWAYS Communicate

Uncategorized Aug 16, 2017

Did you know that everything you do communicates something?

Especially as a leader, you are watched, studied, ruminated about, and copied. And judged. And I can’t name one workplace I have worked with where many of the staff can’t do a pretty good (and funny) imitation of the boss.

Your appearance—Do you dress up? Are you...

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Get the Results You Need Without Micro-managing

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2017

So…your department or team has a big event coming up. It will be very visible to the organization, and possibly even to the public. You have assigned a person to be the lead organizer for the event, and she keeps saying everything is going fine. But, as the person whose head will roll if it fails, how do you supervise the project without...

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The Challenge of Being ‘Fair’

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2017

As a leader, what does it mean to be ‘FAIR’? You have a team of very different people, with different needs and different abilities, and, well, how can you be ‘FAIR’ to all of them?

This is a very important question within every workplace.

Employees care deeply about fairness. When they perceive they are being treated...

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Leaders Have Clear Expectations For Their Team

Uncategorized May 24, 2017

I recently asked a friend about his new job. He has about three months under his belt, and I was curious how it was going.

“Good—I think…I recently got a bonus, but…”

“That’s great, but you sound a little uncertain…?”

“Yes, well, I don’t know exactly what they want me to do. I...

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Leadership Requires Self Discipline–Do you have what it takes??

Uncategorized May 18, 2017

Do you have the discipline it takes to be a leader?  It isn’t easy and takes energy every single day to lead. You can’t just call it in—you are setting the example for the entire team EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Do you prepare for upcoming meetings?  I once worked for a person who did...

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Do Your People Feel Like They Belong?

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2017

According to Culture Amp, there is one single factor that consistently ties to an employee’s “commitment, motivation, pride, and recommendation—a sense of belonging”.  They surveyed over 7000 people in 35 companies, and belonging was their one consistent finding.

Many of you might be asking yourself what that even...

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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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