December 2012

Dec 28 2012

5 Resolutions You Need to Keep

I know many of you don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.  And if you’re like me, when it comes to things like exercise or dieting, I’ve blown it before the end of January.  But when if comes to work, making resolutions and keeping them can mean the difference between success and failure, especially when it comes to managing people.

Dec 25 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I hope everyone has the ability to share the Holidays with friends and family.  I wanted to share these "Blessings" by John O'Donohue.

A Blessing of Angels

May the Angels in their beauty bless you.
May they turn toward you streams of blessing.

May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart
 to come alive to the eternal within you,
to all the invitations that quietly surround you.


Dec 21 2012

New Year’s Resolution # 1- Get Rid of the Annual Appraisal!

If you’re like most people, you’re already thinking about resolutions for next year. Let me suggest one for you. Stop using an annual or semi-annual appraisal.  If you can’t deliver feedback in real time, what’s the point?

Dec 18 2012

Have Some Compassion During the Holidays

It’s easy to get anxious this time of year. You have the normal stresses of your job and then the constant pull of the holiday demands. On top of all that, the country is mourning the unimaginable horror that occurred in Newtown, Conn.. Take a step back and have some compassion for what your employees may be feeling this year.

Dec 13 2012

Holiday Events that Everyone can Enjoy!

 I thought it would okay to repost last year's blog about having a safer, more altruistic Holiday.

Lest we be accused of Grinch-like behavior after our  recent post, we’d like to share some ideas for holiday activities that everyone can enjoy. We’re not opposed to parties, but as we mentioned, they are risky.  So what can you do that will capture the spirit of the season without risking life, limb or livelihood?                    

Dec 10 2012

Better Ways to Deliver Bad News

Every company has to delivery bad news now and then. It seems like the end of the year is prime time for these types of communications. Maybe the company thinks if you’re in the Holiday spirit, it won’t sound so bad.   Just recently, we saw IBM's announcement of a change to their 401k match and the NY Post reported lower Wall Street bonuses this year.  Hopefully, these firms are using these tips to deliver the message to their employees.


Dec 03 2012

3 Ways Women Hold Themselves Back

The Washington Business Journal recently honored their Power 100, “The region’s most influential business leaders”.  It’s a solid list with several people I know and respect. But what struck me was that only 17 of the 100 are women.  Where women make up almost 46% of the workforce and over 40% of management roles, why did only 17% make the list?