Summer is almost here and organizations and employees are now seriously thinking about getting away. But, vacation is being re-defined in a way that managers could never have imagined years ago. The new policy is – “There is no policy!” Take as much vacation as you want. At first glance, this seems like a very dangerous practice. Won’t employees take advantage of you? Continue reading “How Does Unlimited Vacation Days Effect Productivity?” »
We all have different opinions about how a good conversation is supposed to unfold. Is it one person talking at a time or a big cacophonous melange of disparate voices overlapping each other? Continue reading “Have a Conversation About Your Team’s Conversational Style” »
Technology is changing our lives in myriad ways. Much of it is good, but some is causing us harm ̶ psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In last week’s column, I approached the subject of cell phones in the workplace, but, what is technology doing to our lives in general? Continue reading “What is Technology Doing to Our Teams?” »
Many books on “Change” are highly theoretical; whereas Lior Arussy’s latest book, Next is Now: 5 Steps for Embracing Change – Building a Business that Thrives into the Future asserts that change is highly personal. Whether you are leading changes within your organization, dealing with personal changes, or being subjected to changes either professionally or personally, you can identify with and understand Arussy’s five steps to embracing (and succeeding in) that change.
Last week, while facilitating a group of executives at the Chief Executive Network, the discussion turned to allowing employees to carry mobile devices in the workplace. There was great disparity in beliefs, policies, and practices that have been implemented in the various companies. Continue reading “It’s Not the Cell Phone! Should Social Media be Banned at Work?” »
This past week at a Chief Executive Network (CEN) event in Chicago, I was fortunate to see a wonderful speaker, Stephanie Wachman, who presented some great ideas on time management. She really explained in simple terms how to conserve energy, get more stuff done, and be less stressed. Continue reading “Get More Done, Be Less Stressed: 5 Tips to Increase Productivity” »
The word “accountability” is the latest buzzword going around business. “We don’t have accountability,” executives lament. “We have to hold our people accountable.” Yep, leaders want some of that there accountability…like you can point at it. That you can scoop some up and put it on your cafeteria tray. A person either has it or doesn’t have it. Continue reading “Team Accountability Boils Down to This One Element” »
It is that time of year that lots of new graduates will be looking for jobs. But, who do you hire to take on important positions in your organization? When I ask business owners and senior managers, “What is one of the top challenges you have?” Most say; putting the right people in the right jobs. Continue reading “Hiring Tips – Stop Reading Resumes!” »
High self-esteem may be the outcome of hard work, discipline, and personal accomplishment, but will it be reflected in increased performance, productivity, and achievement? Unfortunately, I have not seen any research that supports this theory. Continue reading “Creating Confidence In Pursuit of Productivity” »
Today’s guest blog is brought to you by Dr. Marlene Caroselli. As an author, keynoter, and corporate trainer, she has published over 60 books and countless curricula, articles, and speeches.
Author and academician James C. Humes maintains that leadership is selling. And selling, basically, is talking. The talking that sells, though, must be authentic. It must be honest. It must inspire trust. To illustrate: You may have heard about the authors who wanted to write a book detailing ways to save the earth. They collected hundreds of user-friendly ideas. Their writing style was outstanding. Their publisher was excited. Everyone thought they had a best-seller on their hands. But the sales never matched the hope. Can you figure out why? Continue reading “Why Certain Leaders Fail” »
I was having dinner last night with a few girlfriends and we were talking about the increasing focus on self. Yes, it’s important to take care of yourself. To be curious about life. To pause, reflect, and meditate. To constantly improve oneself. Continue reading “Use This One Word to Build Teamwork” »
Every organization strives to achieve higher levels of engagement and loyalty both from their employees and their customers. Is it possible for leaders to create that engagement, maintain a competitive advantage, and maximize profits in this climate when people are demanding social integrity? Continue reading “Building a Purposeful Business” »
I just got back from the ISA – The Association of Learning Providers’ Annual Business Retreat – full of great insights and networking with other executives of training companies. (Hence, the reason why my weekly blog post is a bit later than usual!) Continue reading “Treat Your Business Like a Living Organism” »
Most employees say it is important to work for a company they believe in, and work in a job where they have a sense of purpose. Unfortunately, up to 75% say that their current workplace does not provide this environment. They believe their company only cares about short-term profits and its own self-interest. Continue reading “How to Shape and Sustain a High-performance Workplace Culture” »
Did Quantas Airlines “overstep the mark” by telling employees to avoid using “gender inappropriate” words? Continue reading “Should Leaders Tell Employees to Stop Using “Gender Inappropriate” Words?” »