April 26, 2012

That’s Not Fair

  I often get the question when working with groups of managers or leaders about how important it is to treat everyone fairly in a work environment.  The first question I ask is do you mean fair, or do you mean the same?  These are two very different things. Fairness is a subjective term and […]
April 16, 2012

Is Your Business Sustainable? Answer These 3 Questions.

  Some of the best educated, most experienced business leaders I know still drive their business by looking in the rear view mirror.  They look at last month or last quarter or last year and try direct the future of their business based largely on that information.  That might have actually worked when we were […]
April 12, 2012

Employee Satisfaction is not Employee Engagement

  Many businesses have been measuring employee satisfaction for years with the belief that satisfied employees are more engaged and do better work than unsatisfied ones.  While there are certainly some components of satisfaction that might lead to more engagement, if we are focused primarily on keeping our employees satisfied, we may not be keeping […]
March 26, 2012

Why People Don’t Do What You Say

  Sometimes, we forget how much influence leaders have.  And as leaders, we often leave much of that influence completely unused.  It’s easy to get so focused on the outcome we want, that we miss the opportunity to help someone actually make a change that’s best for the business and also for them. Are you […]
March 4, 2012

3 Things To Remember When Leading Change

  A lot of the work that I do with businesses revolves around helping them manage change.  If a business plans to be successful for longer than a month or two, change will be necessary at some point.  One of the first things I do is help them stop thinking about managing change and start […]
February 20, 2012

Who Needs Employee Engagement Anyway?

  Employee engagement is one of the terms you hear a lot these days and I’ve certainly used those words a great deal in the work that I do.  Most everyone agrees that if you want to grow a successful business you need employees that are engaged.   It’s important, though, to ask the question why.  […]
January 25, 2012

Don’t Wait For A Breakthrough, Create One

  Success doesn’t happen in a straight line.  Neither does growth, achievement, progress, wealth, happiness, or any other of the things people often work their entire lives for.  Instead, these things often come with a series of forward steps along with a number of setbacks, challenges, and derailments.  None of the leaders who I’ve worked […]
January 18, 2012

When Laser-Like Focus Meets Bad Aim

  A few weeks ago, one of my kids started bugging me while I was trying to get some work done.  That’s not really what happened, but at the time, in my self-focused state, that was my mindset.  I was in the middle of something that I considered important, although now, I can’t seem to […]
January 11, 2012

Why Coaching in Business Doesn’t Matter

  I recently read a study concluding that business results are 21 percent higher among organizations whose senior leaders ‘very frequently’ make an effort to coach others.  The study, conducted by Berzin and Associates, also found that organizations that effectively prepare managers to coach are 130 percent more likely to realize stronger business results versus. those that […]
January 2, 2012

Future Thinking Can Change The Game

  There is a scenario that happens fairly often in my work with business leaders.  I will ask them to tell me about the past, where their business has been, what has happened recently and what their current challenges are.  They can usually talk for quite a while explaining the past and even longer as […]