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7 Reasons Why Your Meetings are a Waste of Time

An executive we coach asked me if I did training sessions on how to conduct productive meetings. When I asked why he was interested, he told me, “I’ve spent 12 hours this week in meetings that were a total waste of my time.” To make this fact even more depressing, it turned out that 4 of those hours were wasted...

9 Habits That Drive Your Employees Crazy

Employees want to work for a consistent and predictable leader. Let me clarify – they want to work for a predictably and consistently good leader. We all have our habits and routines, but some are more desirable than others.  If you were guilty of all of these behaviors, chances are you wouldn’t be a manager in the first place. But,...

The Work/Life Balance Myth

In a recovering economy that has increasingly expected employees to do more with less, the idea of work/life balance is almost laughable to some. As engaged leaders committed to our roles, we are just as susceptible to blurring that line, if that line even exists. When you’re committed to and passionate about your job, putting in the hours isn’t as...

8 Ways to Boost Team Morale

The economy is the strongest it has been in seven years. Compared to the great recession that started in 2008, these are great times to be in business. And yet, we are still encountering organizations facing significant morale issues. Why? Morale can take a dive at any time for multiple reasons. In just the past month, we’ve consulted with leaders...

What is your Leadership Role in Employee Engagement?

If you google employee engagement, you’re going to be inundated with thousands of results trying to define and tackle the topic of employee engagement. If you click on just about anyone of these results, you’ll learn that the level of employee engagement is still, 20 years later, sadly stagnant at 30 percent of the workforce. But, what about managers?  According...

3 Ways Leaders Earn Loyalty

  In our rapidly growing, post-recession job market, ask yourself this: Does your leadership style encourage employees to stay or go?   Loyalty has never been as critical to an organization’s continued growth and success as it is in today’s post-recession job market. As the recession lifts, many companies are hiring at an accelerated pace.  To sustain the growth and...

8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave

When it comes to supervisors and managers, I would confidently state that about half of them have the desire to learn, grow and become great leaders, and the other half suffers from Popeye Syndrome. These managers rationalize all their leadership actions with Popeye’s go-to quote, “I am what I am.”  These Popeye Syndrome managers believe that the world needs to...

The 5 Signs of a Thriving Workplace Culture

Most people would agree that the culture of your organization is critically important to its success. As Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Consider these examples for a minute. Zappos has a culture famous for delivering WOW levels of customer service. Southwest Airlines is known for being fun and rewarding employees who draw outside the lines.  Apple has...

These Employees Are Stealing from Your Organization

We love asking the leaders we work with, “How much can an employee steal from your organization before they get fired?” The response is almost always, “If an employee steals, they’re fired immediately.” And yet, most of these leaders continue to employ disengaged employees who are “stealing” valuable time and resources. These leaders generally don’t consider their employees’ disengagement to...

7 Undeniable Signs it’s Time to Fire an Employee

We’ve all dealt with challenging employees at some point in our careers.  As a leader, it can be extremely difficult to know when you’ve gone from dealing with a challenging employee, to dealing with a challenging employee that needs to be fired. Promptly. You know the employee I’m talking about. You think about this employee and their actions every day...

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