Oct 29 2015

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

More than anything else, self-sabotage can totally derail your career.  Recently, I was reminded of this common problem during a conversation with a friend. He’s diligent, smart, a team player and qualified, yet he’s having a hard time taking the next step in his career.  The reason? 

 

Jul 01 2015

How the 4th of July can Make You a Better Manager

Back on July 2, 1776, members of the Continental Congress voted in favor of breaking with England. Two days later, everyone signed the Declaration of Independence.  After that, everyone had a lot to do - there were troops to train, supplies to organize, strategies to develop, and a war to be won!

 

May 27 2014

Are Bonuses for Reward or Retention?

It depends.  I know that sounds very lawyer-like, but the reality is that bonuses can and should be used for both reward and retaining top talent.  The difference lies in how well the company is performing and what expectations have been set.

 

 

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.

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?

Jan 02 2014

Resolution #1- Stop What You’re Doing

I’m guessing that if you’re back to work today, you’re trying to get yourself organized for the New Year. You’re cleaning up emails, going through your snail mail, and answering voice mails. Stop focusing on you and your world and start thinking about your team. You’re a manager and leader and your direct reports should always come first.

Feb 21 2013

3 Ways to Make Your Year-End Assessments Like the Oscars

My friends know that I’m a tad obsessed about all things entertainment.  I subscribe to the quasi-legitimate People and Us, and the very legitimate Entertainment Weekly. So come Academy Award time, like this weekend, I’m in my element.  It got me thinking, why don’t managers assess and reward people like the Oscars do?