Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You  February 2018

One issue constantly surfaces these days during our presentations to leaders of organizations and, in all candor, it’s an issue which consumes those of us who are helping best-practice companies both attract and retain top talent.  That issue is … “you must know your employees well, better than they know themselves.” Much like the song “Getting to Know You” from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I, it’s all about getting to know more about your most precious asset – your employees.

10 Ways to Coach By Example  February 2018

  1. Envision good performance and communicate your vision.
  2. Don't just nod your head; listen to your direct reports.
  3. Don’t ask employees to do something you’re not willing to do yourself.

Why Aren't Teams Working and What to Do About It  January 2018

Since the dawn of human existence, people have organized into teams to accomplish what no one person could effectively do on their own.  But it wasn’t until the late 1920s and early 1930s with the now classic Hawthorne Studies that researches conducted a series of research activities designed to examine in-depth what happened to a group of workers under various conditions.

Is More Always Better?  September 2017

Organizations have two kinds of problems – system problems and people problems … and it’s the people who ultimately fix the system problems. Historically, organizations have been much more successful at solving their systems problems than their people problems. With system problems, there is the benefit of dealing with objective information, quantified information, and a common frame of reference.

Reasons Not to Use Four Quadrant Social Style Assessments for Pre-Employment  September 2017

Quadrant Social Style Assessments (aka DISC type assessments) should never be used for pre-employment (hiring) purposes for the following reasons - they...

When Good Applicants Are Scarce, Select for Fit, and Train for Skills. May 2017

In F. Leigh Branham's book, Keeping the People Who Keep You in Business, he makes this suggestion; "Interview applicants who may lack traditional qualifications, such as degrees or years of experience, but have the right abilities and can be trained," (emphasis added).

You know the kind, you walked away from that encounter and couldn’t fathom why your planned “Give-and-Take” conversation turned into “Tug-of-War”.

Lincoln on Leadership: Effective Strategies for Tough Times II  March 2017

In the author’s words, “Why are there so few leaders in today’s business community? The answer seems to be that most managers don’t understand or know enough about the nuts and bolts of skilled leadership.

Lincoln on Leadership: Effective Strategies for Tough Times I  February 2017

Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory.

Two hundred years ago, when poet Robert Burns penned the words about seeing ourselves through the eyes of others in his famous poem, “To a Louse” (1786), he could not have known that they would apply so fittingly today.

Helping Good Managers Become Better Leaders November 2016

Understanding the difference between the role of a "manager" and a "leader" is crucial to maximizing the potential of your people. A manager's job is to plan, organize and coordinate. A leader's job is to inspire and motivate.

Making mistakes in hiring or promoting can be costly to an organization, making mistakes in hiring or promoting people for leadership positions can actually be destructive to your organization.

It’s been said leaders are made and not born. While it’s true many great leaders tend to share certain traits, anyone can learn to be an effective leader if they’re willing to develop the characteristics of leadership.