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Internal Competition: Motivator or Demotivator?

Managers typically are more competitive than average employees. So it’s natural for managers to want to create a competitive spirit between employees, shifts, divisions and locations. And some employees respond

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Forty Percent of Employee Motivation is Optional

Admit it; you’ve had managers you wanted to see succeed and you’ve likely worked for others that you didn’t respect or trust. And you’ve had occasions where you threw everything

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Mistakes of Managing to the Metrics

You’ve likely heard the expression, “What gets measured, gets managed.” And companies have improved their capability to measure dozens, or sometimes hundreds of data points that reflect how the business

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Sports coaching vs the voodoo approach

Historically, trainers and coaches rely on the trickle down method of impacting an organization: train or coach the boss and then everyone who reports to that person will change their

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Improving Productivity and Employee Engagement through Effective Front Line Leadership

Front Line Leadership Tips for Supervisors, Team Leaders and Managers Sports coaching vs the Voodoo approach Historically, trainers and coaches rely on the trickle down method of impacting an organization:

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Want a Great Culture? Focus on these 3 things

The culture of your organization will either ensure your long term success or potentially leave your organization vulnerable to external threats. An effective culture leads to innovation, agility, great customer

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Conflict and Change Co-exist

When you hear the word conflict, it has negative associations with words like argument, war, battle, and disagreement. In reality,

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Employees Listen With Their Eyes

Whenever a leader is within the sightline of his or her employees, communication is occuring. What message is your face

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Should you manage like Steve Jobs?

    Should you manage like Steve Jobs?

Reading about Steve Jobs’ management style is like reading about exactly how you are not supposed to manage people. He

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Employees Complain Because They Care

    Employees Complain Because They Care

Some of the organizations I work with are facing an interesting paradox: On the one hand the culture/satisfaction survey results

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Learning Curve or Incompetence?

    Learning Curve or Incompetence?

Experience is the best teacher. Learning from your mistakes is powerful. Innovation requires taking risks. But how much tolerance should

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Success Disguised

    Success Disguised

Your greatest success might be disguised. That was the case for William Wrigley, Jr. You recognize the name from Wrigley

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Labelling and Second Chances

    Labelling and Second Chances

Front line supervisors and managers can place employees in a prison of performance by affixing a label. Once the label

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Poor listener? Listen up

    Poor listener? Listen up

As you might imagine, as a paid expert on communication and leadership, I get some well earned ribbing at home

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Answer the ‘Why?’

    Answer the ‘Why?’

I’m sure I used to drive my mom and dad a little crazy as a child because I used to

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Helping or Harping?

    Helping or Harping?

When front line supervisors and managers are asked to share some of the characteristics of the best manager or supervisor they had ever worked for,  they will include “supportive” on

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