May 16 2014

The Difference Between Delegating and Empowering

So many managers pride themselves on being great delegators.  They think because they’re handing off all the lousy work they don’t want to do, they’re empowering their employees. Wrong! Empowerment, as the word implies, makes people feel they have some power over their work and their destiny.

 

May 06 2014

5 Steps to Really Vacate on Vacation

Vacations are defined as, “a period spent AWAY from home or business in travel or recreation

And yet, most people have a hard time really getting away from everything. Since it’s almost summer, and since I just returned from a great vacation myself, it seems like a good time to try to help you vacate on your vacation.

Apr 02 2014

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

It may be hard to believe now (or maybe not), but many years ago, I wasn’t so easy to get along with at work, at least with many of my peers.  And what’s worse, the people that worked for me often knew it. Not sure what’s worse- being a jerk, or having everyone know it.

Mar 26 2014

20% of Your Employees are Looking for a Job

That’s right, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilders, one in five workers plan to change jobs in 2014.  You might want to rationalize that new post recession opportunities are spurring their hunt, but you’d be wrong. The real reason your employees are looking is they just aren’t happy. I can almost hear “duh” in the background.  The survey indicated that less than 60% of workers are satisfied with their jobs. Almost 20% of the workers are dissatisfied and these are the folks who are likely to leave.

Mar 06 2014

Do You Have a Job or a Mission?

What’s the real reason you get up and go to work everyday, other than getting paid? Do you feel like you’re just putting in time or do you leave everyday feeling like you’ve contributed to something meaningful? If it’s the former then you probably don’t have the highest level of job satisfaction.

 

Feb 19 2014

5 Tips for Dealing with a Toxic Leader

Several years ago, I invited Dr. George Reed, an expert on Toxic Leadership to one of my leadership meetings. Not surprisingly, when he asked the group how many people had worked for a toxic leader, at least half the room raised their hand, including me.Dr. Reed defines toxic leadership as:

 

 

Feb 12 2014

Recognizing the Quiet Employee

Sad to say, but there is a lot of truth in the adage, “ the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Plus, superstars will get a lot of attention without necessarily having to be “squeaky”. But what about the person that comes in every day, does a great job, never complains, never asks for a raise, and always goes above and beyond without being asked to do so?

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