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March 20, 2013

Employee Engagement Doesn’t Just Happen

  It seems almost foolish, we put people in a business, tell them what to do and because we pay them to do it, we expect them to be fully engaged and committed to doing what they are told.  But that rarely happens. They usually show up engaged on the first day, but often, only a […]
February 21, 2013

How To Survive Corporate Politics and Other Dangers at Company Headquarters

  I have a friend who was recently promoted to the corporate office, and in her new role she is getting her first taste of the politics and “career management” culture that can sometimes be present in that type of environment.  People can appear to be constantly on stage, and to newcomers it can seem […]
December 4, 2012

The Art of Letting Go

  Over the years I have had the great fortune to work with many successful leaders; people who have helped their teams accomplish more and helped individuals make productive, lasting and meaningful changes in their lives.  One trait that every one of those leaders had in common was the art of letting go.  They were […]
November 27, 2012

Do You Value Seniority More Than Performance? Don’t Fall Into The Tenure Trap

  I stopped by a coffee shop recently and while I was waiting for my cup of coffee I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation that was happening at one of the small tables near me.  One of the men there was complaining rather loudly about how someone else on his team had just gotten […]
November 21, 2012

3 Ways Managers Kill Engagement and Crush Motivation

  Very few managers show up each morning at work thinking: “today I’m going to cause my team to disengage and demotivate them any way I can.”  And yet, many managers spend a great deal of their time doing exactly that.  It may not be their intention but if you observe them, talk to their […]
November 8, 2012

Are You a Better Leader Than a Second Grader?

  Recently, I attended a parent teacher conference for my son, currently a second grader, and the teacher shared with me a new system they are using to evaluate the growth and performance of the kids.  As I glanced over the evaluation form it struck me that things don’t change all that much from second […]
October 9, 2012

Leadership Isn’t About You

  I was working with a business leader recently who asked me the question, “why won’t my people do what I want”?  The answer is relatively simple: because people do what they want.  If what they want and what you want is in conflict, guess who loses every time?  The challenge of leadership is to […]
September 18, 2012

Three Reasons Not To Hire The Candidate You Really Like

  As I work with businesses one of the things I evaluate, while helping them achieve greater success, is their talent.  It is rare that I don’t come across at least a few instances where there is an individual who has been performing poorly for quite some time, but whose manager has not taken any […]
September 7, 2012

Fire People Like a Leader

  The hardest thing most managers ever have to do is fire an employee.  In almost every instance, we are telling a decent person that they no longer have a job.  Sure there are the occasions where someone deserves to lose a job because they have done something ethically wrong, but many times it is […]
August 27, 2012

How To Thrive Under Bad Leadership

  I get the question a lot. How can I be a successful leader if the people above me are, well, idiots?  Or worse even, what if they are egotistical, unethical jerks?  The good news is that you can still become the right leader for your team and those around you in spite of a boss handicap. […]