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 08 2014

Why Training Should be for Everyone

In my 20+ years of management, there was one consistent and frequent complaint from my staff and it centered on training that went something like;  “ why can’t I go to that class?  Or “ why won’t the company pay for all of my college credits?” The simple truth is that no matter how old or experienced you are, people want to learn.

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.

Dec 20 2013

5 Ways to Bring Holiday Cheer to the Office

Believe it or not, not everyone gets to take off before, after or even during the Holidays. Plus even if they have the time off, there are many people who are away from family and friends and find it hard to find the joy and cheer so many take for granted.  Unless you have Cindy Lou Who working for you, you might want to try some of these ideas:

 

Sep 04 2013

Freshening Up the Stale Performance Appraisal

Here’s a shocker- half of employees think their performance appraisals are inaccurate and over half feel they don’t motivate performance.  What we've always known has finally been validated by a study completed by Globoforce Consulting. As a manager, I hated completing the “annual” review. They were a boatload of work and were rarely an accurate reflection of performance because:

Aug 21 2013

Using Humor to Help Build Teams

Yes, I have team building on the brain. Maybe it’s because coming back from summer vacations is a great time to think about bringing your team together.   Seeing this article in the Wall Street Journal on effective office humor made me realize that one of the most effective team buildings I was ever part of was based in humor.

Aug 14 2013

Do You Even Know Why You’re Having a Team Building Exercise?

I was speaking with a former colleague today asking him. “Of all the team building events we did, what was the most valuable?”  We both really struggled to find the answer. We listed all the events we had done and narrowed it down to a few.  But we quickly realized the most valuable exercises were the ones where we had a specific purpose in mind.

 

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