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!” … Continue reading
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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 … Continue reading
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, … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.
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 … Continue reading
The “Me Too” movement is deeply underway – and that is a good thing. There has been an abuse of power prevalent in establishments ranging from corporations to entertainment, to politics, to religious institutions, and it has been inflicted on … Continue reading
I often hear people say that change is difficult. However, I do not think that it is change that is difficult at all. In fact, I believe most people love change. If you think of it, people change their cars, … Continue reading
Although 2018 is looking very optimistic on many fronts, we are still experiencing the effects of uncertainty in some areas. This past year, we faced political anxiety, a polarization of viewpoints, financial failures, earthquakes, droughts, fires, floods, and myriad other … Continue reading
I often speak to executives about how the obsolete and ineffective Annual Performance Appraisal has outlived its usefulness. And yet, I still receive pushback from their HR professionals who believe that trimming the bushes of this dead plant will somehow … Continue reading
I wrote in past articles how the odds of a business surviving two or more generations are statistically very low. However, in Borden-Carlton, PEI we have a thriving business that is now on its third generation. In fact, The Guardian wrote … Continue reading
As many of you are aware, this past summer I have been writing about a diversity of entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island (PEI). What I have discovered is that we have some of the most brilliant and hardworking business owners … Continue reading
According to Forbes Magazine, less than one third of family businesses survive the transition from first to second generation ownership. Another 50% do not survive the transition from second to third generation. That means only 12% of family owned businesses make it to the third generation.
Last week, I was talking to a business owner who said that hiring the right people continues to be one of his greatest challenges. In my experience, most businesses wait too long to fill a vacancy, then hire too quickly. … Continue reading
In many of my seminars I speak about the importance of using power to get things done. But first let me say, all power is good, yet power can be bad. It is the utility of power that makes it … Continue reading