February 2014

Feb 27 2014

Recruiting Isn't Just for Job Openings

Despite the current unemployment rate, it seems like everyone I know is having a hard time filling open positions. And when I ask business owners about their current challenges, inevitability they will say, “finding top talent”. And yet, when I ask them how they currently recruit people, they say things like, “ we have on campus recruiters, or online postings, etc”. But recruiting shouldn't be delegated to others.



Feb 19 2014

5 Tips for Dealing with a Toxic Leader

Several years ago, I invited Dr. George Reed, an expert on Toxic Leadership to one of my leadership meetings. Not surprisingly, when he asked the group how many people had worked for a toxic leader, at least half the room raised their hand, including me.Dr. Reed defines toxic leadership as:



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?

Feb 05 2014

Can You Live Without email?

Back in November of 2011, Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, a French IT company, launched an initiative to eliminate emails by 2014.  Since I wrote about it back in July, I thought I’d check in to see how it was working.