If you’re like me, there are times when I don’t want to hear the truth. I know I need to. I know that ignoring it will make problems worse. But, frankly I just don’t want to face the problems that the truth may point out. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I’ve even avoided a doctor visit [...]
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For some time now Wolf Prairie has been evangelizing on the importance of individual development and growth as a key factor for organizational health and effectiveness. A new infographic from Glassdoor agrees. According to their research, for one in three employees (33%), a lack of career growth was the primary reason for leaving their company.
Leadership positions exist for one reason: To get results through people. However, leadership style and behavior can create barriers to getting results without the leader even being aware.
For some businesses, summer is a peak season with the need for additional employees. In other cases, it might be a great time to catch up on those back-burner projects. Whatever the reason, the summer months can allow business owners to match up labor needs with an army of teens looking for good summer jobs. [...]
Every great athlete knows the secret to success is preparation, especially when it comes to personal health and practicing the fundamentals. Countless hours in the gym and a laser focus on healthy habits can produce amazing results when it’s game time. Successful businesses are much the same. For companies to grow, perform at high levels [...]
He would literally sit in his office and consume Swisher Sweets® cigars all day. I remember it vividly. This bald, obese, unmarried, cat-loving dude was the staffing manager. I was twenty-one years old in my first real job, and this prize human being was my new mentor.
A stunning new study produced by engagement firm Leadership IQ, shows that in 42% of companies, the best performers actually report the lowest level of engagement. This is a very disturbing development. In fact, it seems to contradict much of our conventional wisdom.
As part of my planning for an upcoming leadership book called Pretender – Confessions of a Crappy Leader, I was reminded of a behavior that’s all too common among those claiming the mantle of leadership: problem avoidance.
Life’s too short to put up with a world class horse’s, uh, petute… You know the type. Work jerks. Tyrants. Aggressive types with little regard for the people around them. These are the ones that get stressed and snap at others. These types justify rudeness and abuse if customer demands or financial pressure begins to [...]
First come the brackets and office pools… then the games themselves start. It’s March Madness and employees are going to find a way to watch their favorite teams, or at least track the scores every few minutes. Engagement with the hoops team goes up, engagement with the job goes down.
Surveying employees in order to understand concerns and assess levels of engagement, satisfaction, and commitment is a best practice for organizations of all sizes. If done well, employees are happy to share honest sentiments with company leaders. The information received can reveal significant dysfunction and discontent simmering just below the surface. Left unchecked, these issues [...]
Is Your Organization Healthy Enough to Win? We’ve all seen the footage of the unfortunate gazelle falling prey to the lion. That gazelle is the one unable to outrun the cat due to its health or fitness level. While this is not a pleasant sight to behold, it is an example from which leaders should [...]
I recently came upon someone asking the question: “If you were fearless, what would you be doing with your life?” Perhaps a better question might be… “if you had ‘courage’, what would you be doing with your life?” Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to do something in spite of fear… [...]
“Sorry officer… I was running late.” I said from my prostrate position on the warm hood of the police cruiser. Even then I realized how ridiculous that statement sounded as I felt the heat from the engine on my cheek and heard the handcuffs snapping into place on my wrists. “Tell it to the judge, [...]
Your fired. Please pass the salt. As a leader, one of the most difficult things to do is to release someone from employment. Whether it’s a for cause action or a no-hard-feelings-reduction-in-force, it can create sleepless nights and significant stress for all involved. This can be especially difficult in small organizations and family businesses where [...]
The concept of humility as an effective leadership trait is not a new concept. The idea has taken various forms throughout the years, but most often in the context of “servant leadership.” The general idea has been that leaders should act in ways that serve the needs of the organization. But let’s be honest, in [...]
Recently, I was asked to address a group of leaders at the outset of a management retreat. My challenge: Get them fired up about leadership and management. No other guidelines were given, other than to be “original.” Of course, coming up with an original thought about leadership and management is a tough assignment. I only [...]
I’ll admit it… I cry like a school girl when Ty yells “Move that bus!” It gets me every time when I watch the pure joy experienced by a family seeing their re-made home for the first time. The transformation is always shocking, and far more complete than the deserving family could ever imagine. There [...]
Your company team is like no other. The personalities, relationship dynamics and company culture are completely unique. How well your team works together has a significant effect on your success. So, it’s important that your hiring strategy is compatible with your team and company culture. The challenge in hiring, then, is how to balance a [...]