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Do You Trust Your Team?

We often talk about the importance of earning the trust of your team members. But, what do you do if the roles are reversed, and you don’t trust your own team members? Twice in my career, I’ve worked on projects where multiple employees on a team were actively trying to undermine their manager’s success. In both instances, team members were...

How Do You Rate Yourself as a Leader?

In our 25 years of leadership coaching, we’ve come across an interesting fact about the many different leaders we’ve worked with. The great leaders don’t know how great they are, and the bad leaders don’t know how bad they are. Why is there a disconnect, and how can you ensure you fall in that first category? We run across all...

How to Handle Boredom in the Workplace

If you’ve ever had a job where you were bored, then you know the chances of suddenly becoming fully engaged in your role are extremely low. While we’re all bored on occasion, it’s a mistake for leaders to ignore boredom and the significant impact it can have on employee engagement. Boredom lowers team morale, productivity, efficiency, and quality. It also...

7 Ways to Effectively Deal with Constructive Feedback

Negative feedback is hard to accept, no matter who you are. As leaders, however, our ability to develop our skills and become strong, successful leaders depends on our ability to listen to feedback effectively and act on it appropriately.   Last week, I gave a leader his 360 Leadership Development Assessment results. Over 30 people participated in his assessment to...

What if it’s Me?

In my post Are You a Coachable Leader, I talk about how my executive coaching success rate hovers around 50%. Half of the managers I coach genuinely want to develop their leadership skills, and go on to achieve great success. The other half? They usually get fired. Unfortunately, the latter was the case for a manager I was coaching up...

Is Your Employee Engagement Surveys a Waste of Time?

Throughout our 25 years of conducting employee engagement surveys, numerous people have told us that surveys are a huge waste of time and just don’t work. In many cases, they’re absolutely right. It’s important to acknowledge the thousands of employees and managers who believe the whole survey process is a big waste of time, and the perfectly legitimate reasons behind...

Is it Time to Ditch the Performance Appraisal?

Every year, the Wall Street Journal, New Yorker or some other reputable newspaper or magazine publishes an article touting the benefits of doing away with performance appraisals. Almost always, these articles are backed up by some study showing that performance appraisals either undermine the manager-employee relationship or are not proven to enhance performance.   Just this year, world-wide consulting firm...

Do Your Team Members Feel Valued and Appreciated?

  Employee Engagement Survey statistics tell us that 72 percent of employees feel they receive adequate recognition, and approximately 65 percent of employees tell us they are fairly compensated. Those same statistics tell us the percentage of engaged employees is still hovering around 30 percent of the workforce. Many factors are at play in the employee engagement equation. One of...

Will Your Employees Stay or Stray?

In a job market where talent shortages are increasing and employees feel more comfortable with changing jobs, the topics of retention and engagement are important priorities for leaders and organizations. It wasn’t long ago that the state of the job market meant most employees were simply happy just to have a job, but that is no longer the case. In...

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